A SOLD-OUT affair at the River Oaks Country Club raised more than $200,000 for an important cause, one near and dear to many Houstonians' hearts.
Four-hundred-plus guests attended the MS Society's Together for a Cure luncheon, chaired by Franelle Rogers and emceed by ABC13's Chauncy Glover. Fellow KTRK reporter Melanie Lawson — whose father Rev. William A. Lawson, a noted civil-rights advocate and sometimes referred to as "Houston's pastor," was also in attendance — spoke to her colleague Art Rascon onstage about her experience living with MS. Rogers presented her with an award title Media Champion, and the crowd gave her a huge round of applause.
The afternoon also honored Karen Tellepsen, Denise Jones, Kara Olfield and the McCormack family — Joy and Don and their children, Hanna, Ian and Evelyn.
Sarah Back, Jennifer Tellepsen
Art Rascon, Franelle Rogers and Melanie Lawson
William Lawson, Mary Williams, Vandetta Levingston, Thomas Carter
Bob and Denise Jones, Mark and Karla Olfield
Nancy Strohmer and Beth Wolff
Cardon Gerner and Nancy Gerner
Mary Chandler and Jeannie Chandler
Luba Bigman, Cheryl Faillace
Carleta Sandeen, Jolene Cook, Linda Ittner
Kelli Cohen Fein and Rosemary Schatzman
Cheryl Byington, Heidi Rockecharlie
Kat LaPoint, Nikki Beisty
Don and Joy McCormack
Cathy Brock and Alison Tennant