Charity Events Archive

Houston Texans & Socialites Masquerade for a Cure-Jamie’s Hope 4th Annual Gala

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On October 23, 2015, “Old Hollywood Glam Attire” and masks were worn by guests who attended one of the most anticipated, celebrity packed, fundraising events in Houston- the fourth annual Jamie’s Hope Foundation Masquerade for a Cure Gala. The Jamie’s Hope team works year-round to support personalized medicine research at M.D. Anderson.

Upon arrival at the Corinthian, guests were greeted by a mob of paparazzi decked out in 1940’s attire and a duo of live Oscar statues flanking the grand staircase. Passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails flowed as a solo artist entertained the crowd, a magician kept the surprises coming and Marilyn Monroe mingled with guests. The main event kicked off with The Richard Brown Orchestra welcoming everyone into the ballroom. Houston Texans football player guests included: Brian & Megan Cushing, Garrett & Ericka Graham, Chris & Jenny Myers, Chester & LaToya Pitts, Kevin & Caroline Walter, and John & Amanda Weeks.

Houston’s favorite weather girl, KHOU’s Chita Johnson, and former original Houston Texan, Chester Pitts, emceed the evening. Houston Texan’s former all-pro center, Chris Myers, took the stage as auctioneer and raised nearly $20,000.00. The foundation honored, 3-year supporter, Bob Allen who is battling a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoma. Jamie’s Hope presented Dr. Tsimberidou with a check for $101,000.00, displaying the funds raised in 2014 for targeted therapy research.

Who: Jamie’s Hope Founder Jamie Gilmore, Honorary Chairs Timothy Bedore, Pete Bell & Carrie Broussard, Jamie’s Hope Founders Garrick Glascock & Cindy Barnes; Executive Director, Amanda Abiassi: and Board Members Mark Levesque, Neera Patidar, Andrew Pidgirsky and Nancy Smith. The “Queen & King of the Ball” award was presented to John and Elizabeth Ehrman for their outstanding fundraising efforts.

In the crowd: Dr. Quang & Staci Henderson, Brian & Lois de Armas, Billy Frank and Yessica Quintana, Dr. Charles & Tammie Johnson, Dr. Roy & Raakhee Kumar, Angela Lipsey, Trey and Jessica McCreary, Brent Milam and Lara Bell, David Thomas and Lauren Thomas, Dennis & Andrea Thompson, and Lee & Seliece Womble.

Event sponsors: EnVouge Events, DJU Productions, Johanna Terry Events, Peli Peli, Security National Mortgage Company, Squeezed Juice, Bayview USA Holdings LLC, Southwest Infiniti, Glacier Pool Supplies & Spas, IW Marks Jewelers, Greenberg, Grant, and Richards, TCP Capital Partners, Lasher Consulting Services, ProActive Media Group, Brand New Media, Jackson and Company, House of Hough, EB Inc., For Heaven’s Cake, Mike’s Dance Floor Rentals and Signature Aspen Imaging LLC. Media partners included Absolutely Memorial Magazine, KHOU Channel 11 and Houston Modern Luxury Magazine. Photography sponsors; EarchPhoto, Quy Tran Photography, Omar Marcos Photo and Hung L. Truong Photography, and hair and makeup sponsors; Makeup by Wendy and Blush and Company.

The Jamie’s Hope team supports personalized medicine research at M.D. Anderson while helping those directly affected by cancer and raising awareness on cancer prevention and early detection. The success of Jamie’s Hope is credited largely to sponsors who lend their names and financial support. By participating as a sponsor, your organization can benefit from extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts.

Do not miss Jamie’s Hope’s next event the Angel Tree Mission Project at The Capital Grill in City Centre on Wednesday November 18th. Help brighten Christmas for families struggling with cancer. Purchase tickets for only $50, which includes complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a door prize ticket. Tickets are available at Jamie’s Hope Angel Tree Mission Project .

For small donations companies enjoy excellent exposure to an important segment of their target audience while helping Jamie’s Hope accelerate groundbreaking cancer treatments and aiding cancer patients in need. For more information on becoming a Jamie’s Hope sponsor, please contact Executive Director, Amanda Abiassi, at Be sure to purchase your tickets early next year for Jamie’s Hope’s 5th Annual Masquerade for a Cure Gala. This event always sells out, and it is an event you do not want to miss!

Touchdown! Houston Texans Support an Amazing Charity

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The Neon City of Lights Gala kicked off their inaugural, annual event benefitting Project 88 Foundation on April 24, 2015, at Ecclesia Houston. This was definitely a fashionable event—the women wore beautiful, colorful cocktail dresses, and many gorgeous pageant ladies were in attendance supporting the cause. Impressively, for a first time event the benefit was completely sold-out with over 400 supporters in attendance. Ericka and Garrett Graham founded Project 88 Foundation, which is a non-profit organization. There are a few things you need to know about this impressive, gorgeous, power couple—Garrett Graham is Houston Texans tight end, and wears No. 88, and his wife, Ericka, has a heart of gold.

This event scored a touchdown with all the guests from the very beginning with the cocktail reception. During the cocktail reception, guests were able to mix, and mingle and have photo opportunities with many of the most popular Texans football players including: Garrett Graham, Brian Cushing, Chris Myers, Duane Brown, Randy Bullock, Jon Weeks, Kareem Jackson, Shane Lechler, Cody White, Ben Jones, and Owen Daniels. This event opened with the sounds of DJ RED, and an amazing paint jam performance featuring the renowned artist Dan Dunn. While the supporters enjoyed dinner, the most incredible emcees Devi Dev, and Chester Pitts welcomed, and entertained the crowd. Of course, all benefits have live auctions, but this auction was exceptional because many of the auction items were signed Texans memorabilia. After the auction, the dance floor was packed when the popular 80’s band-The Spazmatics entertained the crowd. Antoinette Latham, owner of Brand Idea Group helped start the foundation, and managed the rockin’ party as the event manager. The event chairs included Hannah and Cal McNair, and Chris and Lisa Seay. Impressively, this inaugural event raised over $200,000.

Unquestionably, this was an incredibly fun, memorable, and entertaining event, but most importantly this event was for a fabulous cause—Project 88 Foundation. After working as a teacher with low-income students, Ericka decided to help tackle educational inequality, and strive to improve the lives of underserved Houston children by offering educational opportunities that they were not receiving. The funds from this event will provide at least 8 of the lowest performing HISD schools with full-time, certified, and trained college advisors for the upcoming school year. Impressively, 10 Eagle U Leadership Camp scholarships will also be provided.

Ericka supports the efforts of her talented husband on the field, but she is also dedicated to making sure the two of them make a difference in their new hometown, Houston. According to Ericka, “At Project 88 Foundation, we are aware that many Houston-area students lack access to information about going to college, and many students in Houston have never considered college as a possibility.” This fabulous new charity, Project 88 Foundation that Ericka and Garett Graham founded will help many low-income Houston children achieve their dream of going to college.

The Neon City of Lights Gala was an amazing event for a great cause. This is definitely a fun charity event with the most Texans players at a charity event in Houston. If you were not able to attend the event this year, mark your calendars, and purchase your tickets early next year. This event will sell out next year, and this is an event that you do not want to miss!

How Does the Largest Closet in America Help Women?

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On April 16, 2015, Theresa Roemer who has the largest closet in America invited women into her home and closet to raise money for The Women’s Home. For over 50 years, The Women’s Home has been helping women who have experienced homelessness because of mental illness, abuse, or addiction. The Women’s Home provides residential treatment and transitional housing. Over 90% of women who participate in this program for six months or longer leave with income and housing.

Women brought their gently used high end and designer items to Theresa’s home to donate them for a runway show and shopping event that benefits The Women’s Home. This event is the 6th annual renew and reDo fashion show, which will be held on August 19, 2015 at the Wortham Grand Foyer. Mark your calendars this is an amazing opportunity to purchase fabulous designer clothes at deep discounts for a great cause. This awesome event is all about women helping women. Chau Nguyen is the Manager of Community Involvement at the Women’s Home and the event chairs are Sneha Merchant and Mandy Kao, and Theresa Roemer is recognized as the Fashion Icon.

Not only did Theresa open up her home and closet to help this cause, but she also geneously donated a $10,000 Oscar de la Renta gown, and 10% of her collection’s proceeds, True and Real, to benefit the cause. The Women’s Home is truly a great charity and this event at Theresa’s beautiful home will help many women who are struggling with homelessness, mental illness, abuse, and addiction. You can learn more about The Women’s Home at and check out Theresa Roemer’s fashion line at .

Sexy and You Know It–Jio’Zei Collection: Interview with Jio’Zei

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I had the pleasure of viewing Jio’Zei Reyes collection at Omar Marcos’s—Runway For the Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I absolutely love Jio’Zei’s suits, and I do not even wear suits. However, I would purchase suits from the Jio’Zei collection because they are sexy, sophisticated, and modern. They truly could be worn at a cocktail party, women’s luncheon, or at the office, which is a rare combination. In addition to gorgeous suits, Jio’Zei’s collection consists of beautiful dresses in striking colors, which present a modern feel. I am impressed with Jio’Zei’s unique, ability to create a stylish image with the use of color and fit.

After viewing the collection, I scheduled an interview with designer—Jio’Zei Reyes. I discovered that he was born in Hawaii, and he comes from an interesting background—Brazilian, and Japanese. He learned to sew from his mother who taught him how to create countless stiches with intricate design detail. In addition to inspiration from his mother, Jio’Zei Reyes’ has been inspired by various designers, which include Dior and Haider Ackerman. According to Jio’Zei, “I like to accentuate a women’s feminity with a modern twist.” Although, this is a difficult challenge, I believe that Jio’Zei has achieved this unique balance.

Jio’Zei is an accomplished designer: he received a Paris American Scholarship and studied Haute Couture in Paris. In addition, Jio’Zei is also an accomplished academic: he graduated from Rice University with a Toxicology and Environmental Science degree, and also has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology. For a brief time, Jio’Zei worked in pharmacology. However, he quickly chose to pursue his true passion—fashion.

Most importantly for the cost-conscious woman who loves beautiful, sexy pieces, Jio’Zei’s designs are custom and price points are reasonable—separate’s range from $175-$350, cocktail dresses range from $350-$700, evening gowns from $1000-$3500. For collection information, please contact jiozei .

Incredible Demartini Collection-Interview with Breccia Demartini

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I had the opportunity to view the beautiful Demartini collection at the Runway for a Cure Houston on April 9, 2015. I loved the collection’s vibrant colors, and the very wearable, but also sophisticated-look. The Demartini Collection is versatile because separates can be easily mixed, and matched. In addition, Demartini’s collection also offers resort sophistication as well as designs for the working-woman with a modern twist. After viewing this amazing collection, I really wanted to get to know the designer—Breccia Demartini personally.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Breccia Demartini. She shared her personal background information with me, and the inspiration for her collection. Breccia Demartini’s passion for fashion began as a small child. Breccia grew up in the vibrant city of Houston, and has a strong Italian family support system that inspired her love for colors, and textiles.

Breccia’s love for fashion fueled her desire to move to Australia when she was 23 years old. While living in Australia, Breccia attended the School of Fashion and Textiles – RMIT University in Melbourne. In addition to her training at school, Nasia Vlassopoulos trained Breccia to become proficient in threading a needle without even looking, pattern making, and sewing with confidence.

In 2012, Breccia Demartini returned to Houston and decided to further her design education at the Art Institute of Houston where she is currently studying Fashion Design, and Fashion and Retail Management. This September was an incredible turning point for Demartini—Breccia showed her debut collection during New York Fashion Week. Shortly thereafter, Demartini and 3 other student designers from the Art Institute of Houston were showcased at the Wortham Theater Center. Because of all this publicity, Demartini’s beautiful creations have shown on many runways, and are adored by Houston fashion lovers.

I asked Breccia’s what her inspiration was for the Spring/Summer collection. She explained that during her travels to the Canary Islands: the beautiful water, architecture, people, and fabrics influenced this collection. According to Demartini, “I want to market to the everyday entrepreneurial woman, by taking masculine menswear, restyling it, making it sexy, and sophisticated without being boxy.” Demartini’s cultural influences throughout the years have greatly influenced artistic beauty in her designs. Demartini explained, “fashion is not about the cloths, it is about the journey the cloths create.”

I love Demartini’s personal philosophy, and style. Price points are affordable from $89-$1300. This makes her a great designer for the cost-conscious woman. Mark you calendars April 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm there will be a Demartini meet and greet and trunk show at Azuz’s boutique, 2401 Rice Boulevard. The Demartini Collection is also available at Rice Village’s Azuz’s boutique www.azuzboutique , and