High Society

Two of the season’s most glamorous galas took over the ballroom of Downtown’s new Marriott Marquis hotel. The Houston Symphony’s annual ball — this year helmed by the organization’s executive director and CEO, Mark Hanson, and wife Christina — featured a lively performance by Frankie Moreno and his band, who flew in for the Vegas-themed event. ... A couple weeks later, Michael Bolton took the stage at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. Actress and Unicef ambassador Angie Harmon was honored with the Spirit of Compassion award in front of 500 black tie-clad guests, who raised an impressive $900,000 for Unicef, which helps children around the world obtain basic rights and resources.

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