MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO Gina Saour and Carolyn Mohsenzadeh chaired the seventh annual Power of Literacy lunch, held in the ballroom of the Post Oak Hotel and attended by an astonishing 600-some guests.
The event, which benefits the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, this year adopted the theme “Blooming with Books.” Floral and harvest-inspired décor set the tone for a festive meal of salad with grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and goat cheese, followed by a cinnamon-spice dessert.
Jeannie Gaffigan — actress, mom of five and wife to comedian Jim Gaffigan — joined KPRC anchor Lisa Hernandez onstage. The featured speaker shared stories from her best-selling book, When Life Gives You Pears, which chronicles her diagnosis, surgery and recovery from a pear-size brain tumor. While she kept things light yet heartfelt, Gaffigan also stressed the importance of women taking time to take care of themselves and “not ignore the signs that something else may be wrong.”
A raffle with items like jewels from Tenenbaum and a Gucci handbag, plus a silent auction with more purses, helped the day’s total till top $575,000.
Allison Schulze, Lisa Jakel, Emily George
Betty Hrncir, Donatella Benckenstein
Blanca Jolly, Raquel Lewis
Cathy Trask, Amber Alonso
Elizabeth Dansby, Ashley Gentry
Hilary Purcell, Cathy Cleary, Caroline Dace
Kime Smith, Lynn Forte
Leah Rauch, Rebecca Linn
Linda Linder, Mary Sage, Deborah Deford Dunkum
Stephanie Mays, Laura Weaver