Hats Rule the Day for a Worthy Cause
Nicole’s Garden presents the inaugural Mad Hatter’s Awards Luncheon in support of HealthFest Houston
Photo credit: Quy Tran Photography
General Editor: Margaret MacMillan
Publisher: Connie Kwan-Wong
A sold-out crowd filled Houston/River Oaks Fleming’s for the delightful Mad Hatter’s Luncheon. Hosted by Nicole’s Garden, the event helps underwrite HealthFest Houston, an interactive event promoting healthy lifestyles for families. Dr. Rachel Andress Davis chaired the whimsical gathering, which honored cutting-edge changemakers who have had a positive impact on the lives of many Houstonians and who exemplify healthy living. KHOU 11’s Mia Gradney emceed.
Beautiful crystal awards were presented by Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry, founder of Nicole’s Garden, to the following honorees:
Dr. Sippi Khurana, who received the Altruism Angel Award
Dr. Crystal Hadnott, who received the Health Revolution Award
Traci Greene, who received the Metamorphosis Award
Lisa Helfman, who received the Fresh Changemaker Award
Waitt – We’re All In This Together, which received the Community Uplifter Award
KRIV Fox 26 Houston, which received the HealthFest Houston Media Sponsorship Award, accepted by KRIV’s General Manager, D’Artagnan Bebel
Telemundo Houston-NBCUniversal, which received the HealthFest Houston Spanish
Media Sponsorship Award, accepted by Ilse Gonzalez
Bianca Bucaram, who received the Inaugural HealthFest Chair Award
Crystal Ordonez, who received the 2018 HealthFest Chair Award
Zoe Lalji, who received the Emerging Youth Leader Award
It was a festive and colorful affair with participants happily showcasing their most fanciful hats, which ranged from delicate fascinators to large-brimmed bonnets festooned with faux flowers. Lively music accompanied the luncheon entertaining guests as they ate and chatted with friends.
Zoe Lalji gave a presentation on ALS, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that her father, Dr. Ayeez Lalji, is suffering from.
As well as a fabulous raffle, there was a silent auction, which featured two paintings by local artist Lloyd Gite of the Gite Gallery. And, although it was a difficult decision to make, prizes were awarded to those wearing the most magnificent hats. The luncheon ended with a second line parade featuring multicolored satin sashes.
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