Life of Houston’s Prince of Parties Celebrated at Holiday ‘Schmooze’ Soiree

Daniel Ortiz
Life of Houston’s Prince of Parties Celebrated at Holiday ‘Schmooze’ Soiree

Randy Powers, Bill Caudell, Sara Dodd, Will Denton, Bobby Hilliard and Greg Fown

THIS YEAR, THE in-person holiday parties hit different. More than 250 guests turned out to celebrate the season, along with the life of catering king and philanthropist Jackson Hicks, at the annual Schmooze event benefiting Legacy Community Health.


Hicks’ venue The Corinthian was decked out as a winter wonderland by several of his industry colleagues and collaborators, including Richard Flowers with The Events Company and Bergner & Johnson’s Rebekah Johnson. Flocked Christmas trees, sparkling light displays and stunning floral arrangements made for a most festive evening.

Music was something Hicks, known as Houston’s Prince of Parties, greatly appreciated, so it was fitting that holiday tunes played from beginning to end. The Open Door Mission Ensemble greeted guests. And, following moving tributes by many of Hicks’ other friends, a concert produced by his pal HGO’s Patrick Summers — and starring soprano Christine Goerke, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and cellist Chris Ellis, among others — received a standing ovation.

Hicks was praised for his support of organizations such as The Center for AIDS, where he first launched the Schmooze event. This year’s soiree was chaired by society heavy-hitters Bill Caudell and Randy Powers, Sara Dodd and Will Denton, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne, Becca Cason Thrash and John Thrash, Milton Townsend, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. It raised more than $300,000 for Legacy, which established the Jackson Hicks Endowed Fund for the Awareness, Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Terry Wayne Jones, Nancy McGregor

Ceron

Chree Boydstun, Richard Flowers

Shannon Hall, Renita Cooksey

Jo Furr, Erin Stimming

John Thrash and Becca Cason Thrash

Sarah Dodd, Will Denton

Kenny Rogers, Tom Young, Steve Nall, David Wright

Rob Giardinelli, Milton Townsend, Lance Avery Morgan

Michael Mithoff, Chree Boydstun, Melissa Mithoff

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Greg Parker, Lisa Foronda

Vivian Wise

David and Mary Ann McKeithan, Jeff Smith

People + Places
Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band performs May 31 (photo from dannyrayatlanticstreetband.com)

CHAPMAN & KIRBY, THE premier event destination in Houston’s East Village, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Spring Music Series, kicking off on Friday, April 12. Chapman & Kirby has become synonymous with top-tier events and unforgettable experiences, many attended by celebrities both local and worldwide. With concert ticket prices soaring to hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the last year, this eight-week music series promises to be a welcomed opportunity to engage with live music for free, showcasing an eclectic lineup of talented acts.

Keep ReadingShow less

Chef Royere

IT’S NOT EVERY day that a Houston chef is graced with one France’s most prestigious honors. But that day arrived for The Post Oak’s executive chef Jean-Luc Royere who received the Ordre du Mérite agricol in a private ceremony on April 16. The award is an esteemed honor bestowed to French citizens by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture and the culinary arts.

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

Melon Carpaccio and the Strawberry Chill

THE CROWD AT River Oaks’ Relish doesn’t let up as early evening turns into nighttime. To toast the pretty spring weather, a posh set is filling the neighborhood eatery’s airy bar and lush patio.

Keep ReadingShow less
Food