Third Anniversary and Star Awards Presentation

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Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration
Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration

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Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams
Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams

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Leela Krishnamurthy and Connie Kwan-Wong

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Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration
Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration

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Photo Credits: Annie Mulligan, Lee Nguyen, Photos by Rovo

CKW LUXE THIRD ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration
Honorees during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration
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Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams
Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams
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Honoree Joanne King Herring
Honoree Joanne King Herring
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Honoree Robin Angly
Honoree Robin Angly
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Honoree Mevsim Denktas

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Honoree Ian Gunther

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Honorees Jordan Fein and Lauren Gaston

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CKW LUXE team!
CKW LUXE team!
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Emcee - Lily Jang
Emcee - Lily Jang
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Jill King, Aubrie Layne, Joanne King Herring, Blaine Ochoa, Blakely Griggs, Kim Moody, Gina Bhatia

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Gregg Harrison, Cheryl Byington, Stephanie Von Stein, Beth Wolff

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Denise Johnson, Gina Li, Amy and Daryl Dichoso

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Margaret Alkek Williams and Connie Kwan-Wong

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A guest, Farida Abjani, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Duyen Nguyen
A guest, Farida Abjani, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Duyen Nguyen
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An aerial artist performs during dinner
An aerial artist performs during dinner
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An aerial artist pours champagne for Christina Zhou
An aerial artist pours champagne for Christina Zhou
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Chopard gift bags
Chopard gift bags
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Edward Osterberg, Maureen Higdon, Darlene Clarke and Susan Osterberg
Edward Osterberg, Maureen Higdon, Darlene Clarke and Susan Osterberg
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Princess Tatiana Galitzine Sierra, Consul General pf Pakistan Aisha Farooqui, Maha Khan, Joanne King Herring, Pam Brown

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Zane Carruth, Perryn Leech, Robin Angly, Gudmundsson

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Guests toast during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration in Houston
Guests toast during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celebration in Houston
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Honorees Robin Angly, Joanne King Herring and Margaret Alkek Williams
Honorees Robin Angly, Joanne King Herring and Margaret Alkek Williams
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Karen Hofmeister, Jill King and Posey Parker
Karen Hofmeister, Jill King and Posey Parker
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Loraine, Lady, Palmer, Colleen Phalen and Harriett Gertner
Loraine, Lady, Palmer, Colleen Phalen and Harriett Gertner
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Masquerade models post with Perryn Leech during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celeb
Masquerade models post with Perryn Leech during the CKW Luxe Third Anniversary and Star Awards Celeb
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Michelle and Nelson Bowman
Michelle and Nelson Bowman
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Tatiana Galitzine-Sierra, Guillermo Sierra, Amanda & Adam Dinitz

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Veronica Nemeth and Tommy Kuranoff
Veronica Nemeth and Tommy Kuranoff
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Connie Kwan-Wong and honoree Margaret Alkek Williams

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Elsie Eckert and Sidney Faust
Elsie Eckert and Sidney Faust
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Al Gallo and Diana Collins
Al Gallo and Diana Collins
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Brian Teichman, Andrew Cordes, Brigitte Kalai and Susan Boggio

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Warner Roberts and Gregg Harrison
Warner Roberts and Gregg Harrison
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Ralph Burch and Vicki West
Ralph Burch and Vicki West
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Thanh Luu and Blanca Beltran
Thanh Luu and Blanca Beltran
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Mary Ann McKeithan, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Danielle Ellis

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Leela Krishnamurthy and Connie Kwan-Wong

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On the evening of Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Connie Kwan-Wong, founder and publisher of CKW LUXE magazine, welcomed invited guests, dignitaries, and honorees to The Ballroom at Bayou Place for CKW LUXE’s third anniversary and Star Awards presentation. The Star Awards are bestowed on exceptional and inspiring women and youth who have made a significant contribution to their community. The emcee for the Venice-themed event was former KHOU news anchor Lily Jang.

Guests arrived to find the exquisite venue magnificently transformed. Thanks to the deftness and ingenuity of Kirksey Gregg Productions, the Ballroom at Bayou Place, and M&V Productions everyone spent a magical evening in Venice. Elaborate opera masks, Venetian backdrops, a replicated gondola, and greeters and musicians dressed in Venetian costumes from the Performing Arts Supply Company created the perfect mood.

During the glittering Champagne reception, which opened the evening, guests were treated to the awe-inspiring feats of a beautiful Champagne aerialist.

The main event of the evening, the presentation of the Star Awards, followed. Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards extended congratulations to the honorees from Mayor Sylvester Turner. CKW LUXE was honored to have District Director of the 22nd Congressional District of Texas, Christian Bionat, and Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh present the honorees with their awards. To make the evening even more memorable, each honoree also received congressional recognition and a certificate from the City of Houston.

The recipients of the 2018 CKW LUXE Star Awards were:

Inspiring Women Awards

Aquarian Award : Margaret Alkek Williams

This is the first time CKW LUXE has presented this special award.

Lifetime North Star Award: The Honorable Joanne King Herring

Astral Light Award: Robin Angly

Youth Awards

Pop Star Award: Mevsim Denktas

Fireball Award: Ian Gunther

Shooting Star Award: Jordan Fein and Lauren Elie

A delicious sit-down dinner, provided by Elegant Events and Catering by Michael, was served after the awards were presented. To conclude the celebration, guests were entertained by an outstanding aerial performance delivered by Rogue Aerial Arts accompanied by the inspiring string quartet brought together by Ars Lyrica. It was the perfect end to an amazing night of singular memories. To top it all off, guests went home with a Chopard gift bag filled with scented Chopard candles.

Guests: Farida Abjani; Susan Boggio; Zane Carruth; Consul General of Pakistan, Aisha Farooqui; Mary and Mark D’Andrea; Tatiana and Guillermo Galitzine; Thomas and Veronica Kuranoff; Perryn Leech; Rhonda Sweeney; Stephanie Von Stein; Gina Gaston; Miya Shay; Kelli Cohen Fein; Brigitte Kalai; John Mangum; Megan Bailey; Shamika Johnson; Mary Ann and David McKeithan; Sidney Faust; Jim Nelson; Nelson Bowman; and Dean and Jane Gladden. 

CKW LUXE would like to thank its sponsors, BMW Southwest Houston, The Ballroom at Bayou Place, Elegant Events and Catering by Michael, Overture Tanglewood, Kirksey Gregg Productions, M&V Decorations, Dr. William and Teresa Reading, Chopard, and Amy’s Luxury Med Spa for making the evening a huge success.