One For The 'Book'

At a regal bash fit for royalty, the Social Book celebrated its 2019 edition at the Westin Galleria. Among the 600-plus guests were the Social Book’s 2019 Houston Treasures, honored for their contributions to the community. A pop-up portrait studio from #Be_Scene included “crown jewels” from Houston Jewelry, and at the separate Face Exchange photo booth, there was an opportunity for a pic with Queen Elizabeth II herself, played by Tirey Counts. Food stations galore ensured everyone dined like kings and queens!

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Cindy Baker, Tirey Counts, Celene Buffington and Missa Sutton
Cindy Baker, Tirey Counts, Celene Buffington and Missa Sutton


Cindy Baker, Tirey Counts, Celene Buffington and Missa Sutton
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