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Handbags, Art, Orchestra and Fashionistas: All for a cause!

Handbags, Art, Orchestra and Fashionistas: All for a cause!

Society with Ruchi

The party fervor took off early, even before the weekend arrived, when Heroes For Children hosted their Fifth Annual Heroes and Handbags event at the River Oaks Country Club on Thursday April 14, 2011. A sold out afternoon delight with a room full of fashionable ladies in spring frocks and stylish handbags.

This sophisticated event brought tears to the eyes of the ladies when keynote speakers spoke about life’s struggle to cope with cancer. Mital Brahmbhatt, a social worker, spoke at the event explaining the challenges faced by the families with children with cancer. I was honored by being seated with the hero of the afternoon Dwayne Wahl who is a survivor of Leukemia and explained how each day was a gift and struggle for him and his family.

Heroes For Children help families affected by childhood cancer by providing financial and social assistance within the state of Texas, for children from 0-22 years of age.

Heroes and Handbags is THE Signature event for Heroes for Children. The event features a seated brunch and silent auction of vintage one-of-a-kind and new designer handbags. Overall a dreamland for ladies!

Meanwhile the Royal Oaks peeps were also in the fashion mood as art connoisseurs and desi fashionistas gathered in large numbers to support ‘Art Meets Fashion’ a charity cocktail reception for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2011 Man/Woman of the Year Campaign.

The event took place at the lavish home of Simran and Pradeep Rihal on Friday April 15, 2011. The doctor and fashion designer duo opened their home for a good cause along with contemporary artist Marcus Mann who displayed his artwork.

In between the socializing and nibbling of chicken tikka kabas, Stella and Dot enticed the ladies into some jewelry shopping while the men discussed art. Their was no guilt in the shopping as proceeds were going to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Simran who is a fashion designer popular with her brand ELAN (means to declare) was in the news recently as her collection was hosted at Lot 8 by Project Runway winner Chloe Dao. She also had her evening clutches on display.

It was a perfect outdoor evening with light breeze, cocktails at the patio, a lovely sunset and Mann’s talent. What better way to enjoy a Friday evening!

The fashion scene was highlighted by lady Rihal’s high waisted pleated pants fabulous with a classic shirt tucked in with a black bow tie collar. The look definitely suited the petite and slim Simran. Also looking chic and stylish, Kim Padgett flaunted a Indian kurta shirt with lot of sequins work, in a white mini skirt Mandy Kao, and Naureen in brown with gold embroidery dress.

It might have been a house charity party but that did not deprive it from having biggies like council member of Sugarland Jacquie Baly Chaumette, City Councilman at City of Bellaire, Corbett Parker, LLS 2010 Woman of the Year Carol Young, Ash Shah, Sonia Azad, Sam and Omana Abraham, Reji and Roy Joseph and many other significant Houstonians. A sophisticated evening with artists, designers and philanthropists.

View all the photos from this event on facebook here.

The event-full weekend did wind up on Sunday with a relaxing family day with poetry and music at the Bayou Bend Gardens. The Houston Brass Band kept the visitors captivated by the Diana Terrace with live orchestra band playing music ranging from 50s classics to Indiana Jones.

The Sunday was called Things Worth Writing: To celebrate the art of the written word. Rienzi and Bayou Bend teamed up for a free Family Day to mark National Poetry Month in April. An afternoon of fun and entertainment with art activities, music, poetry, storytelling, performances, puzzles, and more.

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