Tis the Season for Shades of Roses and Love
Seasons 52 Restaurant Managing Partner Reuben Rolf opened his heart to underwrite an outstanding kick-off party at his trendy River Oaks Westheimer location, July 8, for The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation upcoming Shades of Roses extravagant five course wine/benefit dinner, to be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Fleming’s in River Oaks.
“The idea is to get people thinking in September about October breast cancer awareness month,” said CEO and Founder Cindi Rose. Loyal pink-hearted chairs Kim Padgett and Jessica Rossman could not agree more. The event, which filled out quickly with over 200 beautiful minded people in support of honorees of the September elaborate wine dinner: Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan, both who have either lost a parent to cancer or who have a parent to cancer. The mission of the foundation began with a seed idea to help the under and uninsured with free breast cancer reconstruction surgery (an operation that can cost up to $250,000) to feel well and whole, and to put normal back into critical illness. The non-profit also provides free art group classes to cancer patients at Texas Children’s Hospital, and offers scholarships to students who lost a parent to any cancer, or have cancer or leukemia. “We also do grief counseling, diet and stress counseling, and support groups,” Cindi Rose said.
The natural brick background was perfect for the 12 string original New Age jazz compositions by singer and song-writer Michael DeMarse who added joy to the evening. Seasons 52 passed exotic flatbreads, shrimp, scallops, and stuffed mushrooms, while serving South African Chardonnay and Chilean Cabernet.
The invitation stated, there is no cost to attend, but a nice bottle of wine or champagne or your favorite gift certificate for our upcoming silent auction would be lovely. Lovely indeed! Over $4,000 was raised from a raffle, which included art from Ann Marie Vancas, a $3,500 Lucho certificate, handmade jewelry from Angelica Chapman, and several gift certificates from Seasons 52. In the fabulous wine and champagne category over 50 bottles ranging from $35 to $120 were brought by the glamorous Summer Season crowd. Elizabeth Frost donated a one-of a kind real gemstone necklace and earring set valued at $1,400.
In the glittering pink hearted group were: Cynthia Sinatra and daughter Victoria Brink, Roland Garcia, Dr. James and Rachel Suliburk, J Michael Stoltz, Elizabeth Frost, Dr. Franklin Rose, Leisa Holland Nelson and her daughter, Laura Max, newly engaged to Ben Harwood Rose, Beth Cassidy-Garcia, Janice Burns, Beth Bryant, David Arpin, Thi Hac Nguyen, Sue Habib (who offered to donate all the roses and flower arrangements for the Sept. 14 event from Lexis Florist), Ayna Segal Parsons, Alex Blair, Lysa Elkins, Hector Villarreal (who will donate cigars, men’s suits to the event), Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Bruce Padilla, Shelby Kibodeaux, Christine Johnson, Mark Wood, Sonia Soto, Dana Kervin Clark, Jacquie Baly, Jennifer Roosth, and Carol Snowden.
Alex Martinez secured a spectacular vacation from Ron Morgan Properties from Puerto Vallarta, who donated a stay at the Villa Sevilla that offers 3 Deluxe King rooms and 2 Deluxe Queen rooms. Villa Sevilla features its own heated pool, living room, dining room and kitchen, and a rooftop terrace with ocean view. All in the name of Shades of Roses, shades of the seasons, and shades of cancer prevention and wellness. Only 200 can attend this prestigious always sold-out event, ticket prices range from $250 to $500. Many tables were sold that evening ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. To buy a ticket or table or make a donation for the auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Autumn Ayers at 713 622-3610.