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Cheers to 15 Years

PR Boutique founders Karen Henry and Gretchen Brice welcomed dozens of friends, clients and colleagues to a crystal-themed event at Ben Berg’s still-new B.B. Lemon, in honor of the public relation firm’s 15th anniversary. Bartenders poured crystal martinis and guests glimpsed into a “crystal ball” with the help of a palm reader. Since its founding, the PR Boutique has doubled in size and expanded to Austin and San Antonio. Cheers to the next 15!

Will & Caroline Shoppa
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Out to Dinner

The new InterContinental Houston hotel in the Med Center celebrated its grand opening with an elegant dinner in its ballroom. Virtuosi of Houston accompanied a Mediterranean dinner from Safina, which is on the ground floor of the 21-story tower. And Goodnight Charlie’s — a fun, laidback honky-tonk — welcomed Olivier Krug, heir to the exclusive Champagne house, and a handful of serious wine collectors for a tasting dinner. The Champagne and food pairings were supplemented by live music, which similarly progressed throughout the evening.

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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.'

Ernest Hunter at ‘JDRF.’
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