Milestone Moments

Supporters of the Junior League of Houston gathered to celebrate the organization at its 70th annual Charity Ball, this year inspired by all things France — from the Paris lights to the glamour of Versailles. The weekend raised $800,000. … The Good Samaritan Foundation also toasted a milestone anniversary during its 30th Pearl Ball, held at the River Oaks Country Club. Foundation chairman Jason Fertitta thanked guests for their support of nurse education and training. … And Lester and Sue Smith surprised attendees of the Seven Acres Jewish Care Services’ 75th annual gala with a $1 million contribution to the facility’s Harvey recovery efforts — and an additional $1 million through a matching grant.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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