The Vintage Contessa’s 50th Birthday Bash Benefits KNOWAutism

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01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa
01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa

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02_Karen Henry, Diane Caplan
02_Karen Henry, Diane Caplan

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21_Italian dancers
21_Italian dancers

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01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa
01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa

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Photo credit: Daniel Ortiz Photography

On Saturday, January 06, 2018, Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, also known as the Vintage Contessa, and co-owner of The Vintage Contessa & Times Past, hosted a fashionable fete to celebrate her 50th birthday and to benefit KNOWAutism. Over 200 of Houston’s finest joined her at the smart River Oaks District to help her celebrate and to support the worthy nonprofit.

The evening began with a fabulous cocktail hour inside the exclusive premises of Dolce & Gabbana. Guests, dressed to impress in black and gold apparel, mingled while enjoying their lavish surroundings. After cocktails, party-goers continued to the lively Toulouse Café and Bar for dinner and dancing. Here they enjoyed mouth-watering offerings such as crispy tuna tartare tacos, butter-poached lobster shooters, and salmon cannelloni on the open patio. As the champagne flowed, Italian dancers performed in the courtyard, the DJ played classic Italian music to set the Spicy Sicilian theme, and Hahn Tran created art representative of The Vintage Contessa.

Following dinner, Chramosta was presented with an ornate birthday cake while her husband, Rob, toasted her and led the crowd in song. In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to donate to KNOWAutism.

Bentley Houston and Toulouse Café and Bar were the event underwriters. Both will also donate silent auction items to the upcoming KNOWAutism Gala in February 2018. The birthday party raised over $23,000 for the nonprofit.  

About The Vintage Contessa & Times Past

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past, an internationally recognized showroom based in Houston, is a one-stop shop for high-end vintage and estate pieces. Owned by dynamic husband and wife duo Rob Chramosta and Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, the venerated establishment sources estate jewelry, fine watches, designer handbags and accessories, GIA certified diamonds, rare coins, and antiquities. Its customers include collectors from across the globe. With coveted pieces from the likes of Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, and a reputation built on buying expertise, value, honesty, and integrity, The Vintage Contessa & Times Past is the destination for curated collections of authentic and timeless luxury pieces.

About KNOWAutism

KNOWAutism supports the families of children with autism. It strives to help reduce the burden of an autism diagnosis by providing financial assistance and raising community awareness. Through education, KNOWAutism teaches families how to detect the early signs of the condition and the importance of intervention. At the same time, the organization provides access to resources and services to help improve the long-term outcomes for children with autism.

About Toulouse Café and Bar

Toulouse Café and Bar recalls a fin de siècle Parisian Café bustling with activity. Its cozy French atmosphere welcomes patrons to enjoy mouth-watering specialties, delicious desserts made on the premises, and superb wines from its extensive wine list. Located in River Oaks District, the eatery serves the tastes of France with exciting, yet comforting, dishes.

About Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house with a style that expresses new forms of elegance and modern classicism based on superior sartorial content and creativity. The strong identity of the Dolce & Gabbana brand has evolved over the years, but its roots have never been forgotten. The Houston store is located in River Oaks District.

01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa
01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage Contessa
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02_Karen Henry, Diane Caplan
02_Karen Henry, Diane Caplan
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03_Lenny Matuszewski, Sheree Frede
03_Lenny Matuszewski, Sheree Frede
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04_Deborah Duncan, Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, Gretchen Wright
04_Deborah Duncan, Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, Gretchen Wright
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05_Maryam Afshari Khreibani, James Khreibani
05_Maryam Afshari Khreibani, James Khreibani
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06_Roseann Rogers, Ericka Bagwell
06_Roseann Rogers, Ericka Bagwell
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07_Rudy and Debbie Festari
07_Rudy and Debbie Festari
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08_Shannon Hall, Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious
08_Shannon Hall, Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious
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09_Rachel Gower, Ursaline Hamilton
09_Rachel Gower, Ursaline Hamilton
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10_Rob, Donae and Bella Chramosta
10_Rob, Donae and Bella Chramosta
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11_Brittany Zucker, Paul David Van Atta, Sherri Zucker, Gregg Harrison
11_Brittany Zucker, Paul David Van Atta, Sherri Zucker, Gregg Harrison
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12_Nicholas Phat Nguyen, Dustin Cargill
12_Nicholas Phat Nguyen, Dustin Cargill
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13_Gabriela Dror, Kim Padgett, Cheryl Byington
13_Gabriela Dror, Kim Padgett, Cheryl Byington
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14_Iris and Keith Shaftel
14_Iris and Keith Shaftel
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15_Ericka Bagwell and Todd Ramos dance the night away
15_Ericka Bagwell and Todd Ramos dance the night away
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16_Bridget and Neil Sommerlatte
16_Bridget and Neil Sommerlatte
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17_Andrea La, Chi Hoang
17_Andrea La, Chi Hoang
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18_Kathryn and Colby Swain
18_Kathryn and Colby Swain
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19_Michael Bickham, Tamara Klosz Bonar, Norman Frede
19_Michael Bickham, Tamara Klosz Bonar, Norman Frede
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20_The Vintage Contessa's 50th Birthday Cake
20_The Vintage Contessa's 50th Birthday Cake
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21_Italian dancers
21_Italian dancers
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