If there's one thing to be said about Houstonians, it's this: We're not ones to let a little rain get us down. So when torrential flooding in September (remember that?) forced a last-minute cancellation of Legacy Community Health Services' sold-out 17th-annual cocktail party, it was not game over but game rescheduled.
The new date, December 12, saw more than 375 people pack into the Fertitta family's magnificent River Oaks mansion, decked out in full holiday regalia including (faux) penguins, polar bears, and even snow.
Paige Fertitta, Sheridan Williams, Elizabeth Petersen, Melissa Mithoff, Hallie Vanderhider, Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan, Richard Flowers, and Angel Rios chaired the event that honored Tootsies creative director Fady Armanious, and Legacy headliners CEO/executive director Katy Caldwell and COO Chree Boydstun welcomed the festive, well-dressed crowd, who dined on bountiful buffets catered by, of course, Landry's.
The party, which sold out in minutes, functions as Legacy's annual fall fundraiser, which transitioned from a luncheon to cocktail affair three years ago. All told, last week's event raised more than $390,000 for Legacy's Little Readers program, sponsored by H-E-B, which distributes new, age-appropriate books to kids and their families at each well-child visit. To emphasize the importance of childhood literacy, medical providers give parents a "prescription to read." The initiative has given away more than 105,000 books to pediatric patients to date from 13 locations in the Greater Houston Area and 17 school campus clinics.