Paige Fertitta, Santa, Patsy Fourticq and Greg Fourticq

Sixteenth Annual Santa’s Elves Event Benefits The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

By Jennifer Roosth         Photography courtesy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

Tilman Fertitta and Blayne Fertitta

A festive group of Houstonian holiday partiers, more than 350 in attendance, got in the holiday spirit for the 16th annual Santa’s Elves party benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. In fact, it’s the first in-person Santa’s Elves since 2019.

Nick and Angeliki Vrakas & Michael Fertitta

Of course, Santa Claus himself was in attendance as well as event’s founders, Patsy Fourticq and Gregory Fourticq, Jr., and the entire Tilman Fertitta family. The Fertitta children, Michael, Patrick, Blayne, and Blake, took the stage to welcome MD Anderson Cancer Center and guests as part of the welcome.

Neera Patidar and Amanda Abiassi

Guests grazed on a massive charcuterie board complete with all the accoutrement before moving onto to a buffet of BBQ shrimp, decadent macaroni and cheese, Chicken a la Paige, roasted vegetables, and more. Festive Christmas trees and garland dotted the entry way and carried guests through the living room and kitchen, then out onto the Fertitta’s massive outdoor entertaining space.

Gregg Harrison and Jennifer Roosth

The entertainment? The Houston Children’s Chorus sang Christmas carols on stage while guests mingled and stopped by the Galleria Giving Tree. The evening wasn’t complete without a signature Fertitta Christmas cookie. It was a wonderful evening a great time to reconnect with MD Anderson supporters. The event raised nearly $130,000 for this very worthwhile cause.


Hallie Vanderhider and Santa






Hats, Heart and Horseshoes Derby Party For Bo’s Place

By Jennifer Roosth             Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Jacob Power

Christie Sullivan, Millette Sherman and Alissa Maples

THE SETTING: The Houston Polo Club was the perfect setting recently for the fifth annual Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes event benefiting Bo’s Place. The green fields and the polo horses watching from their stalls made this year’s event extra special after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. With social distancing protocol in place, over 250 supporters were excited to be dressed in their finest attire to watch and celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby. 

Deanna Barton, Paige Fertitta and Karen Thompson
Neil and Maria Bush

THE STYLE: The fabulous hats and beautiful dresses, made for perfect people watching as tables were scattered under many tents. Guests socialized throughout the grounds, sipping traditional mint juleps and nibling on lite bites. Puppy Pals, a racing wall raffle, and purchasing a rose for a friend kept the crowd busy until post time. Multiple large screens gave all the guests a perfect view to watch the race. As the race got close to the finish line, many people started standing and cheering at their tables to see Medina Spirit win the race.

Bill Baldwin, Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious

THE PURPOSE: Mary Beth Staine, the executive director of Bo’s Place, said, “Bo’s Place helps families who are grieving in their journey to find a renewed hope for the future.” Chairs Alissa and Kevin Maples, Millette and Haag Sherman, and Christie and Mark Sullivan, along with Honorary Chairs, Paige Fertitta, Megan and Luke Hotze, Hannah and Cal McNair, Hallie Vanderhider, and Kelli and John Weinzierl were thrilled to raise over $280,000 for grief programs at Bo’s Place. 

Aaron and DeeDee Howes
BoHats, Hearts & Horseshoes Event Benefiting Bo’s Place


San Luis Salute Event Wows Crowd  

By Jennifer Roosth   Photography by Gary Fountain and Dave Rossman

THE SETTING: Before COVID-19, the 24th annual San Luis Salute, hosted by the Tilman Fertitta family of Houston, was once again lauded with praise as almost 2000 revelers from across the country gathered for this year’s Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration. From the VIP pre-party on the boardwalk by Fertitta’s yacht to the stilt walkers, silver Elan dancers, and dueling DJs, the guests experienced a jaw-dropping night they will never forget at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

THE STYLE:  Gala designer Richard Flowers of the Events Co. brought the effervescence of a Scandinavian-inspired Royal Ice Garden to life for  partygoers who while marveling at the icy cool décor (including an ice tunnel entrance and life-sized ice sculptures of Nordic Vikings), sipped cocktails from a lavish ice bar and enjoyed Nordic Grogg―alcohol-infused sorbets perfectly frozen at -321ºF. The highlight of the night was when the Grammy® Award-winning duo, The Chainsmokers, took the stage for a 75-minute performance. The global superstars performed a variety of their platinum and multi-platinum smash hits during the stellar show, packing the black and white checkered dance floor.

The San Luis Salute Duchess Royal Court included Maddy Barlow, Arabella Benevidas, Samantha Bennett, Bailey Black, Natalie Crowder, Ally Day, Allison Denman, Jenna Faulkner, Mackenzie Finklea, Bella Garofalo, Abby Grant, Kathryn Hamilton, Madelyn Hilyard, Mandy Hutchings, Kate Kemple, Laura Kobs, Holly Kurisky, Frannie Kusnerik, Olivia McGuire, Haley Patterson, Heather Patterson, Nicole Shanks, Hannah Sukkar, and Annie Titterington.

THE PURPOSE: The gala evening honored Professor and Director Dr. Jeff Temple, of the newly launched Center for Violence Prevention at The University of Texas Medical Branch, and benefitted the UTMB at Galveston.

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Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes Event Benefits Bo’s Place

By Jennifer Roosth           Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossm

THE SETTING: This third annual event for the running of the Kentucky Derby was once again sold out, with over 400 guests at the sumptuous home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. It’s always a must-attend poolside event that Houstonians look forward to while supporting a much-beloved cause.

THE STYLE: The fabulous hats made for perfect people watching and guests socialized throughout the grounds of the home, sipping traditional mint juleps. Tables covered with a variety of tasty food selections enticed the party goers. Everyone crowded around the large screens to watch the race since a historical stunner led to a wait for the results. Guests continued to visit until the 65-1 winner, Country House was announced.  

THE PURPOSE: Hallie Vanderhider was chair for the event while Hannah and Cal McNair served as honorary chairs. Along with them, Bo’s Place President of the Board, Meredith Chastang were all thrilled to raise over $350,000. Bo’s Place is a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center that exists to provide support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

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