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Women of Substance Had a Spectacular Kick-Off Amid a Spectacular Walk-Off … All on the Same Night!

Women of Substance Had a Spectacular Kick-Off Amid a Spectacular Walk-Off … All on the Same Night!

Revelers who weren’t at I W Marks for the kick-off and announcement of the 2022 Women of Substance honorees were holding their breath at the Houston Astros game when Yordan Alvarez smacked a walk-off, three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning as the team rallied from a come-from-behind deficit to defeat the Seattle Mariners 8-7.

Another big winner of the evening was the newly renovated I W Marks Jewelers on Bellaire Blvd. where a packed house gave rave reviews to the House of Jewels and to the 2022 Women of Substance. This group of volunteers and philanthropists will be honored on November 4 at a luncheon that benefits The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children.

In his opening remarks, Executive Director Richard Hill thanked Brad and Joanna Marks for their support of The Mission for many years.  He enthusiastically reported that the 61-year-old Mission is in the midst of a building program that will provide another dorm next year to add to the 12-building campus.

Chairs Susan S. Soussan and Elizabeth “Peach” Ray proudly announced that Benny Agosto of Abraham, Walkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz and Stogner has signed on as the luncheon’s Premier Sponsor.  After recounting many of the miracles they have witnessed at The Mission, they urged people to attend the luncheon to support the honorees and to hear Christine Rae, America’s Got Talent Finalist and homeless survivor.

KHOU-TV Great Day Houston superstar Deborah Duncan and I combined talents to keep the audience entertained as the honorees were announced, who were:  Pam Lockard, Cheryl Byington, Shauna Clark, Wendy Dawson, Michelle “CC” Ensell, Sidney Faust, Gayla Gardner, Reverend Mary Gracely, Jennifer Hohman, Carol Linn, Dee Dee Marsh, Dr. Laura Murillo, Barbara Van Postman and Connie Kwan-Wong.

Socially present (not previously mentioned):  Lilly Andress, Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Angie & Cliff Roberts, Wallis Marsh, Janelle Reid, Susan and Dick Hansen, Heidi Rockecharlie, Tammie Johnson, Monica Hartland, Abby Hartland, Astrid Van Dyke, Duke Ensell, Joyce Frassinito, Charity Yarborough Cox, Marilu Garza, Scott Evans, Leela Krishnamurthy, Sharon Michael Owens, Tammie Jeffers, Charly Gay, Walter Aymen, Ray Rogers, Teresa Cox Reading, Debbie Elias, Gregg Harrison, and Harriet Gertner

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Warner Roberts

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Warner Roberts' talent and creativity have led to her success in many careers: fashion model, award-winning television journalist, actress in theater and films, multi-millions fundraiser, interviewer, speaker, magazine writer, publisher, author, and most importantly wife, mother, and grandmother. Her decades of support and dedication to Houston charities is legendary as she produced the first March of Dimes Ball and later "Best Dressed, chaired the first Leukemia Gala, and raised the funds to build the first dormitory for The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter which has helped countless women and children to rebuild their lives. Warner created The Social Book (nee Houston Calendar of Social Events) in 1996 and added The Social Book's Houston Treasures Award in 2003 to recognize the extraordinary Houstonians who make our city great. She lent her mantra to the title of her best-selling memoir, "Life is an Adventure!" (Photo: Debbie Porter)
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