The Social Book "Houston Treasures" 2018 Announcement Dinner
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Hosted by JW Marriott Houston Downtown, Picasso Ballroom
Houston, Texas—The Social Book,Houston's premier calendar of charitable events, resource guide and go-to compendium of all things social, awarded its 2018 "Houston Treasures" honorees at its annual dinner, hosted by JW Marriott Houston Downtown. This beautiful hotel (revived to its former grandeur) “strutted its stuff” for our city’s movers and shakers to showcase the city’s best for a four-course seated dinner. The Social Book’sScott Evans (publisher), Jeff Henry (editor), and Sami Shbeeb, along with “Houston Treasures” creator Warner Roberts and JW Marriott Houston Downtown’s General Manager Archit Sanghvi, welcomed guests to the induction of the fifteenth class of honorees.
The Social Book is in its 23rd year of publication and its "Houston Treasures" award—created by Warner Roberts in 2004—honors individuals and couples in the fields of philanthropy, volunteerism, medicine, arts, business, sports, politics and media. Honoree photos and biographies grace the calendar tab pages of January through December in The Social Book. Warner Roberts recounted the awards’ history and continuing legacy of commemorating those whose contributions to the Houston community have been extraordinary—earning them this distinct honor. Chosen by a select committee of The Social Book, the 2018 honorees are: David Adickes, Frank Billingsley, Marie Bosarge, Gayla Gardner, Harry “Butch” & Carmen Mach, III, Dr. David Poplack, Rachel Regan, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Susan Sarofim, Virginia Steppe, Marcy Taub Wessel and Henry J.N. “Kitch” Taub and Leticia & Steve Trauber. Neiman Marcus presented honorees with The Social Book’s signature Orrefors crystal "Houston Treasures" award.
Over 270 guests were treated to a La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Prosecco reception in the historic “Carter Room” on the second floor (restored to his 1910 grandeur), followed by a four-course seated dinner created by Marriott’s Executive Chef Jelle Vandenbroucke with renowned wines by Clos Du Val Estate. JW Marriott Houston Downtown with Director of Catering Gary Baumann, Director of Sales Cahal Mowery and their team executed the entire evening flawlessly (and on schedule).
The evening’s theme, “Treasured Art,” (a play on the contemporary and modern art throughout the hotel and ballroom and the legacy of the honorees, past and present) was carried out by décor vendors who created “pops of color” designs and formed a sense of arrival at every entry point, beginning with JW Marriott Houston Downtown’s lobby décor featuring metallic silver Christmas trees with brightly colored balls,” steel girders encircled with metallic wreaths and colored ornaments. Ballroom table linens, chair sashes, centerpieces and staging, provided by The Perfect Touch, were reminiscent of the Art Deco and Empire eras, complete with sequins of elegant black as well as silver and black paired with an array of colorful chair sashes. To complete the look, centerpieces of industrial chic glass chargers and floral vessels held exquisite florals. Gold metal column cubist stands of differing heights were entwined with multi-colored orchids and intricate leafy vines.
Flowers by Nino took the theme to heart bycreating beautiful floral displays of differing colors to match the chair sashes at each table. Roses of orange, white, red and yellow, blue hydrangeas, orchids of every shade and peonies in an assortment of hues graced the tables and stage in the ballroom. Flowers by Nino also placed long stemmed roses in the cars for guests to enjoy on the drive home.
Richard Brown Music featured holiday tunes, standards and art-themed songs from movies. JW Marriott Houston Downtown’s in-house Audio/Visual team draped the room in amber lighting creating a warm environment. Their screens projected scrolling portraits of all prior fourteen years of "Houston Treasures" honorees, a “Who's Who” of Houston philanthropy and culture.
Cakes by Gina created a stunning cake display outside the ballroom area. Her design included a chef with an artist’s palette with drop cloth of all the primary colors surrounding it. Each color contained cake balls, cake pops, cupcakes and donuts in each color. Gina's creative incorporation of disparate themes into her cakes is a hallmark of her ingenuity.
Elsie Smith Designs created the “Treasured Art” invitation & program.
Honorees were commemorated in video tributes (interspersed between dinner courses) by previous recipients of the "Houston Treasures" award, generously filmed and produced by Chris Swanson and Firefox Video. As tributes were shown and brief live presentations announced, honorees were brought to the stage to accept their awards, giving impassioned gratitude for the community and inclusion in the illustrious company of past and present honorees.
The Honorable Joanne King Herring spoke about honorees David Adickes as well as Susan Sarofim (later in the program); Ernie Manouse presented Frank Billingsley; Helen Shaffer introduced Marie Bosarge; Merele Yarborough introduced Gayla Gardner;Scotty & Jana Arnoldy introduced Butch & Carmen Mach; Nancy Gordon introduced Dr. David Poplack; Kim Moody, Alicia Smith and Millette Sherman spoke about Rachel Regan; Ellie Francisco and Trini Mendenhall helped induct Cyndy Garza Roberts; Joan Schnitzer Levy (via video) and Scotty & Jana Arnoldy (on stage) introduced Marcy Taub Wessel and Henry J.N. “Kitch” Taub; Maureen and Jim Hackett introduced Leticia & Steve Trauber. Scott Evans presented long-time orchestra leader Richard Brown with the fifth annual “Social Book Salute.”
"Houston Treasures" were presented with a treasure trove of gifts from The Social Book,Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Guerlain, Bvlgari, Tootsies, Bill Meek Studio & Gallery, Sloan/Hall, 360 Vodka, Clos Du Val Wines, Fabergé, Haute Pets, NICE Winery, Jolle Folle Wines and Brittany Blake Interiors, among others.
Former "Houston Treasures" honorees in attendance (in addition to the aforementioned) were: Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds,Harry & Cora Sue Mach, Sidney Faust, Paul & Kristina Somerville, Joan Lyons, George & Annette Strake, Diane & Harry Gendel, Mady & Ken Kades, Nino Shbeeb, Yvonne & Rufus Cormier, Helen Shaffer, Philamena Baird, Nancy Dinerstein, Linda Lyons, Andy Delery, Mary Ann & David McKeithan, Fran Peterson, Joann & Bill Crassas, Hon. Bill King, Vanessa & Perry Sendukas, Linda Lorelle, Franelle Rogers, Sybil Roos, Evin Thayer, Kappy Muenzer, Sharon Michael Owens, and Nancy Levicki.
Other notable guests were: Nan Properties’ Nancy & Jose Almodovar, Tiffany & Co.’s Kim Wilson, Maggi Jones, Faberge’s Michael McClure, Tom Regan, Monica Hartland, Roz & Alan Pactor, Denman & Marijo Moody, Linda Wiley, Ed McMahon, Diane & Brian Kingshill, Angie & Cliff Roberts, Vik & Angie Chadha, Walter Aymen, Mary Grace Gray, Mark & Paige Evans, Charity Yarborough, David & Tara Wuthrich, Ron Corcoran, Cody Soutar, Sherri Zucker, Vicki Rizzo, Roseann Rogers, Elsie & Les Eckert, Chris Swanson, Andrea & Paul Stewart, David & Cassie Chiaro and Marguerite Swartz.
The Social Book's reason for being, since its inception in 1996, has always been to support the charitable and non-profit community by publishing the comprehensive calendar of Houston’s fundraising events and guide of the best companies, especially vendors that produce events from luncheons to galas. It is an invaluable resource for the generous individuals and companies who give of their time and resources to address countless needs.
A $320.00 annual subscription to The Social Book includes its red leather binder containing the calendar—updated through the year, a license for full access to the calendar on its website—www.socialbook.com—and best-magazine-quality advertising. Non-profit subscribers receive additional benefits and opportunities.