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Cynthia Petrello & Gracie Cavnar

Fashion on the Farm!

Recipe for Success’ second annual Fashion in the Fields event was a smash success, raising more than $150,000 for the foundation, whose mission is to teach and inspire healthy eating.

Founder and CEO Gracie Cavnar welcomed more than 200 supporters — dressed in casual-cool, farm-fab attire — to the organization’s Hope Farms facility. Waiters greeted with trays of lemonade, mimosas and Bloody Marys, and folks happily sipped and shopped a pop-up boutique featuring vendors like Mary Patton Designs, Tata Harper cosmetics and more.

Fashion in the Fields took place on Veteran’s Day, so it was fitting that the main event — a fashion show featuring the season’s chicest looks from Neiman Marcus — kicked off with a salute to Hope Farms’ 2019 Warriors to Farmers Veterans class. All prior-service military service members, the four farmers-in-training will, through the foundation’s year-long program, learn to operate their own urban farm and help solve problems of food inequity in Houston and beyond. After the trainees strutted their stuff, other models — along with adorable kiddos of donors and supporters! — took to the catwalk in outfits full of seasonal sparkle and fantastic fur.

After the show, a southern-fried brunch buffet beckoned, and an exciting raffle included items like a Farbergé scarf and pocket square, and a seasonal Hope Farms produce share.

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    Christine Falgout-Gutknecht, Melissa Juneau & Jordan Holman
  • Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious & Ginger Baldwin
    Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious & Ginger Baldwin
  • Anna Van Delden, Susie Distefano & April Salazar
    Anna Van Delden, Susie Distefano & April Salazar
  • Dr. Kelly Coleman & Wondy Weston
    Dr. Kelly Coleman & Wondy Weston
  • Cynthia Newsom, Maricella Metzler & Cathleen Fishel
    Cynthia Newsom, Maricella Metzler & Cathleen Fishel
  • Sultana & Moez Mangaji
    Sultana & Moez Mangaji
  • Cynthia Petrello & Gracie Cavnar
    Cynthia Petrello & Gracie Cavnar
  • Holly Alvis, Melissa Juneau & Stacey Lindseth
    Holly Alvis, Melissa Juneau & Stacey Lindseth
  • Valerie Dietrich & Ting Bresnahan
    Valerie Dietrich & Ting Bresnahan
  • Sal Montes, Mary Patton, Lyndsey Zorich & Beth Zdeblick
    Sal Montes, Mary Patton, Lyndsey Zorich & Beth Zdeblick