Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Miami, Nashville, and Houston Social Diary

Lesile Hoy, Cybelle Santo Domingo, Paige Davis, Keith Landon, Angela Harrison, Ali Mead, and Meg Lueb at the 55th Annual Beaux Arts Ball benefitting the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.
Late last month, the Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum hosted the British Invasion Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Beaux Arts Ball, in its 55th year, is the oldest costume ball in the state of Florida. Guests elect to dress up or come in black tie and those who chose to dress up did not disappoint. There was a whole table of Virgin Atlantic pilots and stewardess’s, a few Mary Poppins and chimney sweeps and a few women accessorized with tiaras for a royal look.

Ball chair Hillary Scurtis worked with Godfrey Del Rio to transform the ball room into a British countryside complete with plaid tablecloths and hedges around the dance floor. DJ Max Chipchase kept guests on their feet all night as did the specialty Snow Queen Vodka martini’s that were flowing all night.
Guests as Virgin Atlantic Crew Members
The big winner of the night (a result of a raffle in which guests had the opportunity to purchase a numbered glass of champagne) was Gina Gardner who walked away with a gorgeous, diamond De Beers watch. Gina also attended in costume as a dead ringer for Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham along with her husband Peter Gardiner aka David Beckham on this night.

The funds raised from this event go to the education programs that take place and for support of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. The organization is staffed solely by 100 volunteers who work tirelessly all year long on various committees that support the Lowe. 
Allison Holly, Cara Brown, and Kristin Dolan
Gina Arcic, Patrick Pendergast, and Sarah Pendergast
Jeanne and Carlos Carbonell
Michele Battle and Keith Landon
Sarah Triton and Kari Stenholm
Camille Diaz, Shari Menachem, and Missy Kent
Gina Gardner, Eric Villafane, and Peter Gardner
Ali Byrd and Cristina Sullivan
DJ Max Chipchase
Hillary Scurtis and Jen Green
Jeanne Carbonell, Vicky Colross Hucks, and Zaria Walter
Robert and Keith Landon
Taki and Hillary Scurtis
Michele Battle, Joan Kolski, Mimi Fernandez, and Meg Luebke
Bunny Bastian and James Murphy
Kristen Munrow and Jeff Zanarini
Marysol Patton and Andrew Menachem
Marysol Patton, Carol Bell, Selmin Arat, and Sarah Pendergast
Raphael Bastian and James Boink Jr
Fashionable Houstonians and Rise School patrons gathered for a lavish dinner to toast Monique Lhuillier and help raise money for the Rise School of Houston. The evening was chaired by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams. The Rise School is a nonprofit organization providing the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities.
Kelli Kickerillo, Todd Forrester, and Mary Kikerillo
Barney and Sandy Barrett
Kem Kennemer, Jan Stailey, and Kristin Tassin
Catherine Anspon and Frank Trevino
Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse
Mickey Rosmarin
Elaine Block and Renee Lewis
Gregg and Jo Lynn Falgout
John Eddie and Sheridan Williams
Karen and Mike Mayell
Patrice Ferguson and friend
Dennis O'Rourke
Sandy Barrett and Jo Lynn Falgout
John Eddie Williams, John Camp, and Vince Kickerillo
Lauren Clark, Sheridan Williams, and Kristen Nix
Tom Bugbee and Frank Trevino
Penne Widnig, Monique Lhuillier, Ellie Francisco, and Kristen Nix
Shelley Ludwick and Ellie Francisco
Monique Lhuillier and Karen Mayell
Vince Kickerillo and Mary Piro
Mary and Vince Killerillo
Renee Lewis
Shafik Rifaat and Shelby Hodge
Terry Rambin and John Maguire
Shelley Ludwick and Penne Widnig
Tom Bugbee, Monique Lhuillier, and John Maguire
Terry Rambin and Robin Simon
In Nashville, Mrs. Dave Almon Alexander Jr. and Mrs. Lawrence Michael Lipman co-chairs, hosted the 2008 Sunday in the Park at Ridge Field, Edwin Warner Park. A Jazz quartet from Sam Levine of City Lights Orchestra greeted guests arriving for cocktails.

After cocktails, guests were invited to a seated luncheon under a tent anchored by polished aluminum trees resembling birch trees in sleek aluminum containers, surrounded at the base by a variety of nuts including walnuts, pecans and almonds. Round tables were covered in café au lait silk with a sheer chiffon leaf overlay in an exquisite shade of mocha. During lunch, guests will enjoy soft jazz from CDs mixed by David McClellan especially for Sunday in the Park. The caterer was Crème, Executive Chef, Sharon Johnson.
Gloria Houghland and daughter Sara Jo Houghland
Elaine Sullivan
Mounted Park Security
Cocktail moment featured:
Fetzer Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Gala Rouge Pinot Noir and Korbel Champagne, Full Bar

Foie Gras Terrine with French Peach Preserves, Sunflower Sprouts
Dark Balsamic Vinaigrette
Fetzer Gewurztraminer

Australian Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin
with Béarnaise Sauce over Porcini Risotto
Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Edamame and Asparagus Frills
Parmigiano-Reggiano Hye-Roller Crackers
Five Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon

French Puff Pastry with Cognac Glazed Fall Fruits
Crème Chantilly
Truffle Adornment

Cinnamon Coffee with Whipped Cream
Patsy Weigel and Sara Hunter Green
Cathy Thomas, Bob Thomas, and Rachael and Rep Gary Odom
Susanne and David Young, Jim Bass, Sr., and Candy Bass
Chuck Dunn and Holly Wilds
Dean Chase
Colleen and Ted Welch
Recording artist Phil Vassar and TV host Alecia Davis
Phyllis and Steve Fridrich
Sally and Randall Henderson
Joni Werthan, Heloise Kuhn, and Elenor Willis
Margaret Ann Robinson and Bill Forrester
Judge Gil Merritt and Martha Ingram
Janice Elliott and Laurie Eskind
Portia and Pat Ortale

Photographs by PWL Studio, Fulton Davenport (Houston)
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