Kickoff Cool!

Spring’s busy social season continued with kickoffs galore, like the one for JDRF Houston’s Promise Ball. Supporters hit Hotel ZaZa for light bites, cocktails and a preview of the 20th anniversary gala. … Northwest Assistance Ministries’ (NAM) two-pronged annual fundraising initiative Jeans & Jewels — a luncheon followed by a gala later in the year — launched at the Champions Golf Club. … And the Latin Women Initiative’s popular fashion show and luncheon, which takes place on May 17, kicked off at IW Marks.

Sharon Torres, Elia Gabbanelli and Maritza Gonzales at ‘Latin.'
Sharon Torres, Elia Gabbanelli and Maritza Gonzales at ‘Latin.'


Ernest Hunter at ‘JDRF.’

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