Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Unicef's Designs of Hope in Houston

Erin Patak of the Houston Ballet (Young Audrey Hepburn)
More than 600 attended the U. S. Fund for UNICEF’s Designs of Hope Gala in Houston. They raised over $700,000, a record. This Gala raises funds for global programs providing care and support for women and children made vulnerable from HIV/AIDS. Dr. Carolyn Farb was chairman of the event that was themed “Remembering Audrey Hepburn” and held at the Hotel Intercontinental.

UNICEF Golf Medallion Honorees were: award winning actress, humanitarian and artist Jane Seymour; The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, which was accepted on behalf of the Fund by Executive Director Ellen Erwin; and Dr. Farb. The UNICEF Gold Medallion is given to individuals who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to assist the efforts of UNICEF to save and improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children. This is the highest honor UNICEF Texas bestows on individuals.  

Guests in the crowd included: John and Becca Cason Thrash, Charles Ward, Joanne King Herring, Eileen and Kase Lawal, Michael and Ileana Trevino, Thomas and Anna Au, Betty and John Hrncir, Adel and Maureen Chaouch, John and Ann Bookout, Trish Millard and Joe Thomas, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Jo Lynn and Greg Falgout, Marie Myers-Bruns and Christian Bruns, Intercontinental Hotel General Manager Willem and Shari Plegt, Ed Silliman, Kirill and Oksana Tatarinov, Franco Valobra, Chris and Rene Flood, Meredith Cullen, Christian and Viviane Escudie, Thurman and Lilly Andress, Dikembe and Rose Mutombo, Shelly and Michael Dee, Micky Rosmarin, John Evatz, Vanessa Riley, Sue Trammell Whitfield, and from UNICEF were national board member Amy Robbins, UNICEF's new President and CEO Caryl Stern and UNICEF Texas Executive Director John M. Tsacrios, Jr.
Charles Ward, Carolyn Farb, and Shari and Willem Plegt
Eileen Lawal, Jane Seymour, and Kase Lawal
The highlight of the evening was a 35-minute fashion show that was produced by Lenny Matuszewski, Jr. and Tamara Klosz Bonar and featured fashions celebrating Audrey Hepburn's most memorable films. Tootsies, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cotton Club, Vanessa Riley of London and Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf all provided the clothing with Cartier providing the jewels.  Madison Shoes provided the elegant footwear.  The beginning of the show started with a youthful and vibrant "Audrey" played by Houston Ballet's Erin Patak, leaping and dancing along the runway. The audience was amazed at the strong resemblance and movements of Patak to. Hepburn.  Patak was discovered by Lenny and Tamara walking through Tootsies and realized how perfect she would be for this role.   

The floral arrangements of Super Pink roses adorning each table as well as Malibu Roses on the back of each of the chairs were provided and designed by Nino Shbeeb of Flowers by Nino.  Distinctive Details created the decor in the spirit of Audrey Hepburn with alternating linens in ivory and black taffeta with chair covers which were black with pearl beaded caps and finished with an ivory satin bow.  Each place setting also consisted of black oversized "Audrey" sunglasses banked against a gold beaded charger. The dinner fit for movie royalty was created by Intercontinental Hotels Master Chef Peter Laufer.
Jolynn and Gregg Falgout with Carolyn Farb
Amy Robbins, Chris Flood, and Rene Flood
Jean Francois and Christina Bonnete
Barbara Ogwude, Jane Seymour, and Don Ogwude
Christina Girard with Richard and Lollie Jack
Ann Bookout and Betty Hrncir
German and Belinda Fernandez de Carrasco, and John Tsacrios, Jr.
Jane Seymour, Ben Stevenson, and Carolyn Farb
Christina Sacco and Kathryn Smith
Ernie Manouse, Viviane Escudie, Jackson Hearn, and Christian Escudie
Holly Moore, Ceron, and Becca Cason Thrash
Elizabeth Vail and Lucia White
Earl Lilly and Trish Millard
Graham McKernan and Angie Sisk
Dr. Fred Aguilar and Anna Bailey
Betty and John Hrncir
Holly Moore and Becca Cason Thrash
Ann Carl and George Lancaster
Andrea Turtur, Anne Carl, and Judy Oudt
Bob Devlin and Monsour Taghdisi
Julie and David Shannon
Ellen Erwin and Paul Alberghetti
Caryl Stern and Carolyn Farb
Jane Seymour, Javier Moreno Valle, and Rene Flood
Jolynn and Gregg Falgout, Jacqueline Gartland, and Pattie Melcher
Mickey Rosmarin and Carolyn Farb
Trish Hale, Jane Seymour, and Tony Hale
Lynn Mathre, Roy Marsh, Melanie Johnson, and Suwana O'deu
Mona Al Mustafa and Deya Elyas
Lance Morgan, Jane Seymour, and Lindsey Love
Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy with Jane Seymour
Gerald Womack and Duni Hebron
Ed Silliman and Carolyn Farb
Jeff Towers and Amy Robbins
Monsour Taghdisi, Anne Carl, and Christopher Mendel
Sami, Danielle Shbeeb, and Nino Shbeeb
Neda Ladjevardian and Alma Kombargi
Judge Eric Andell, Rene Flood, and Javier Moreno Valle
Podi Constantiner and Monsour Taghdisi
Isabel Rogue and Danny David
Staniesse King and Cindi Rose
Shaun Kelley and Carolyn Farb
Ralph Eads and The Honorable Joanne King Herring
Sylvia Sullivan and Susan Boggio
Polo Becerra and Pamela Ngo-Tranpark
Lil and Bobby Newman
Millette and Haag Sherman
Sharon and William Morris
Nancy Ames with Michael and IIIeana Trevino
Tana and Scott Wood
Melissa and Bill King
Rose and Dikembe Mutumbo
Shari and Willem Plegt
Marie and Christian Bruns
Vanessa and Perry Sendukas

Photographs by Kim Coffman
Click here for NYSD Contents