Easter Seals Greater Houston: 19th Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon

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Honorees: Judge Clarease R. Yates, Brenda Watts, Alicia Smith, Warner Roberts, DeeDee Marsh, Alissa Maples, Marie Louise Kinder, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Lisa Holthouse, Laura Davenport

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Vicki Rizzo-Roseann Rogers-Tricia Oliver-Lara Bell
Vicki Rizzo-Roseann Rogers-Tricia Oliver-Lara Bell

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Alicia Hartsfield-Elizabeth Edwards
Alicia Hartsfield-Elizabeth Edwards

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Honorees: Judge Clarease R. Yates, Brenda Watts, Alicia Smith, Warner Roberts, DeeDee Marsh, Alissa Maples, Marie Louise Kinder, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Lisa Holthouse, Laura Davenport

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PHOTO CREDITS:  Jenny Antill

Honorees: Judge Clarease R. Yates, Brenda Watts, Alicia Smith, Warner Roberts, DeeDee Marsh, Alissa Maples, Marie Louise Kinder, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Lisa Holthouse, Laura Davenport

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Vicki Rizzo-Roseann Rogers-Tricia Oliver-Lara Bell
Vicki Rizzo-Roseann Rogers-Tricia Oliver-Lara Bell
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Wendy McCoy-Laurie Krohn
Wendy McCoy-Laurie Krohn
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Warner Roberts-Deborah Duncan-Alicia Smith
Warner Roberts-Deborah Duncan-Alicia Smith
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Tracey Hull-Amy Stanton-Melissa Juneau
Tracey Hull-Amy Stanton-Melissa Juneau
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Nicole Najera-Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein-Eunice Najera
Nicole Najera-Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein-Eunice Najera
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Mignon Gill, Lisa Holthouse, Marie Louise Kinder, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Mignon Gill, Lisa Holthouse, Marie Louise Kinder, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
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Mary D'Andrea-Gina Bhatia
Mary D'Andrea-Gina Bhatia
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Kevin, Alissa, Holden and Anabelle Maples
Kevin, Alissa, Holden and Anabelle Maples
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Laura Davenport and Lucy Jane Davenport
Laura Davenport and Lucy Jane Davenport
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Holly Ross-Laura Jones
Holly Ross-Laura Jones
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Haag Sherman, Julia Sherman, Carson Sherman, Millette Sherman
Haag Sherman, Julia Sherman, Carson Sherman, Millette Sherman
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DeeDee Marsh-Laura Stein-Elizabeth Stein
DeeDee Marsh-Laura Stein-Elizabeth Stein
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Chairs Millette Sherman and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Chairs Millette Sherman and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
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Cary Yates and Judge Clarease R Yates
Cary Yates and Judge Clarease R Yates
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Amanda Boffone-Stephanie Fleck-Bevin Dubrowski
Amanda Boffone-Stephanie Fleck-Bevin Dubrowski
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Brenda Watts-Sarah Watts
Brenda Watts-Sarah Watts
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Alicia Hartsfield-Elizabeth Edwards
Alicia Hartsfield-Elizabeth Edwards
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Lunch has never been as enjoyable as it was Tuesday, March 6, 2018 when Easter Seals hosted its 19th annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. The stylish affair honors Houston mothers who have made significant contributions to their families and to the Houston community. It is also Easter Seal’s major fundraising luncheon and a fun event everyone looks forward to. This year’s luncheon was chaired by Jordan Fein, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Carson Sherman, Julia Sherman, and Millette Sherman.

Hundreds of Houston’s finest came out in their haute hat attire filling River Oaks Country Club to the brim to benefit, and raise awareness for, Easter Seals Greater Houston’s programs, which serve veterans, children, and adults with all types of disabilities. Following the opening reception, the formal event began with a prayer led by Julia Sherman and Eunice Najera. The latter is a beloved client of Easter Seals’ Children’s Therapy Program. While the tasty luncheon was being served, guests enjoyed an informal fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus Galleria.

Elise Hough, the nonprofit’s CEO, addressed the crowd and shared that each one of them was assisting clients devastated by Hurricane Harvey with their generosity and attendance. Gina Gaston, a former luncheon chair, told the phenomenal stories of perseverance and selfless service of the 2018 honorees. These incredible women and mothers: Laura Davenport, Lisa Holthouse, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Marie Louise Kinder, Alissa Maples, DeeDee Marsh, Warner Roberts, Alicia Smith, Brenda Watts, and Judge Clarease R. Yates each received an award as a token of Easter Seals’, and the chairs’, appreciation for their service to the community.

One of the highlights of the annual fete, and something all participants look forward to, is the raffle. This year’s was no exception. Raffle items included: a pair of kyanite and diamond earrings from Tenenbaum Jewelers; luncheon for 20 at Nieman Marcus’ Mariposa restaurant; dinner for six at Tony’s restaurant; gift certificates of varying monetary value from Tootsies, Marquita Masterson, and Events; a gift certificate to Boxwood Interiors; and a “Simple Bliss” spa package for Deer Lake Lodge and Spa. Attendees continued to show support for Easter Seals by purchasing raffle tickets and raising their paddles high to pledge funds for life-changing resources. Hats Off to these lovely ladies for another successful luncheon benefiting the greater Houston community!

About Easter Seals Greater Houston

Easter Seals’ mission is to provide help, hope, and answers to children, adults, and veterans with all types of disabilities and their families. Nationally, Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and other special needs, as well as disabled veterans. For about 70 years, Easter Seals Greater Houston has been offering help, hope and answers to people of all ages with disabilities and their families. Through therapy, training, education, and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in the community.