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Making Dreams Come True

The Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon and the 2019 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, Clara’s Dream, get the holidays started

General Editor: Margaret MacMillan

Publisher: Connie Kwan-Wong

The Celebration

The 2019 Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon welcomed over 1,450 of Houston’s most philanthropic fashionistas to the NRG Center to support the 39th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. Sara Parr was the Nutcracker Market chairman and Tony Bradfield and Lynn Wyatt were the Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon Chairmen. Great Day Houston host, Deborah Duncan, emceed. Representing Saks Fifth Avenue was General Manager, Matt Brown.

The Story

As models paraded down the catwalk, showing off this year’s hottest holiday trends from Saks Fifth Avenue, guests enjoyed lunch and admired the stunning fashions on display. Some of Lynn Wyatt’s “best men,” including Stanton Welch, hosted a table in her honor. One of the event’s highlights was the raffling off of a gorgeous uptone-dyed knitted Russian sable stole donated by the Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue.


The big surprise of the event came when Stanton Welch surprised Wyatt and the crowd by appearing on the runway in the grand finale. As the successful luncheon and fashion show wound down, attendees proceeded to the heart of the NRG Center to shop at the Nutcracker Market.

Guests:Sara Parr, Patsy Chapman, Tony Bradfield, Lynn Wyatt, Steve Wyatt, Deborah Duncan, Stanton Welch, Anne S. Chao, Rose Cullen, Jo and Jim Furr, Rosemary J. Harrison,Leticia Loya, Kelley Lubanko, Sylvia Forsythe, B.J. Shell, Leigh Smith, S. Shawn Stephens, Richard Flowers, Patti Turner, and Beth Wolff.

About the Nutcracker Market

In its 39th year, the Nutcracker Market continues to provide support for Houston Ballet, its Academy, and its scholarship programs. Eleven percent of merchandise sales, and proceeds from ticket sales, directly benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation. Since its inception in 1981, the Nutcracker Market has raised over $68.8 million for the Houston Ballet Foundation.   

About Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet is committed to maintaining and enhancing its status as: A classically trained company with a diverse repertory whose range includes the classics as well as contemporary works; A company that attracts the world's best dancers and choreographers and provides them with an environment where they can thrive and further develop the art form; An international company that is accessible to broad and growing local, national, and international audiences; A company with a world-class Academy that provides first rate instruction for professional dancers and meaningful programs for non-professional dancers; A company with state-of-the-art facilities for performances, rehearsals, and ongoing operations.

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