June Is Bustin’ Out All Over…

… even after Ike and our coldest winter in memory, we have beautiful flowering trees and multitudinous flowers. Houston really is a beautiful city, and I am very proud to live here.

BETTY WHITE has nothing on Former First Lady, BARBARA BUSH. WHITE, at 88, has had a 60-year successful show biz career and in recent weeks guest-hosted Saturday Night Live. But, consider that MRS. BUSH has been in the spotlight as often, if not more so, than BETTY. MRS. BUSH had ‘em rolling in the aisles, 800 strong, at the American Heart Association Go Red luncheon. On a more serious note when asked, “What is your advice for raising children?” MRS. BUSH replied, “There are three things:
1) Set an example!
2) Unconditional love
3) “May your children just be happy!”
APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE:
CLEANING FOR A REASON

If you know any woman currently undergoing treatment for any type of cancer, let her know that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning one time per month for four months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. Their website is: http://www.cleaningforareason.org. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. Pass this information along.

Something in the water? JOE JAMAIL donated $1 million to Rice University Baker Institute in honor of his friend, JAMES BAKER, III; and energy mogul and philanthropist GEORGE MITCHELL donated $1.5 Million in the name of his late wife, CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL, to UT Health, formerly known as the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Wow!

“Mission Incredible,” benefiting The Mission of Yahweh, a homeless shelter for women and children, pulled off a totally fun event bringing out 250 people on a Sunday night. A great event!!

WARNER AWARDS

MOST ENTERTAINING:  The Tapestry Gala benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, which brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The evening was interwoven with beautiful music from vocalists KENNETH GAYLE and many others.

MOST INSPIRATIONAL EVENT: Let’s Hear it for the BOYS, the WALIPP Preparatory Academy Spring Luncheon. WALIPP (The WILLIAM A. LAWSON Institute for Peace and Prosperity) was founded in 1996 to initiate and implement programs designed to revitalize the inner city.

As head of Houston Endowment, Honoree JACK BLANTON recalled how exciting it was to give away Mr. JESSE JONES’ money.

MOST INTERESTING HONOREE: Holocaust Museum Houston’s “On Our Watch” Award dinner honored JOHN PENDERGAST, who has spent most of his adult life working to end genocide in the world. Working with actors like GEORGE CLOONEY and DON CHEADLE, he has called for the world to end the horrors of genocide in places like Darfur and the Congo.

BEST INVITATION DESIGN AWARDS:  Funk Shui, benefiting the Bayou Preservation Association on October 7. So clever!

BOOK IT
September 24 – for The Museum of Printing History Gala, featuring remarks from award-winning New York Times journalist, RALPH BLUMENTHAL, and honoring DR. MAVIS KELSEY for his contributions to the Houston community.

October 15 – Houston Humane Society Gala“ Fashonistas and Furry Friends” – 713.626.0570

October 28 – Communities in Schools Houston Gala – 713.654.1515

November 11 – Lunch with COKIE ROBERTS, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command – 832.201.8026

November 13 – “Swinging on a Star” Trees of Hope Gala – 713.942.9733

GRAPEVINE
Bravo Television is looking for a cast of characters for a possible Houston Housewives television series. Could I ever cast that show!

Rave Reviews: KELSEY GRAMMER, a very favorite actor of mine since watching him in his reruns late night on Frazer, is wowing audiences in La Cage Aux Follies, the Musical in NYC. After suffering a near fatal heart attack, GRAMMER is on a crusade to warn people of the dangers of eating salt. He said there was a time when he would take a cube of butter and sprinkle salt on it. Now he’s urging everyone to give up salt and save their heart!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Hooray for TILMAN and PAIGE FERTITTA for surprising DAVE WARD on his birthday. They picked up DAVE and wife, LAURA, and flew them in their helicopter to the San Luis in Galveston for dinner.

Hooray for DAVE WARD, who surprised wife, LAURA, with an early birthday present: A new Bentley. Now, that’s a serious surprise!

April, May and June Happy Birthdays to MARY ANN HOFFER, SIDNEY FAUST, JOANN CRASSAS, CHARITY YARBOROUGH, REGINA ROGERS, NANCY STROHMER, DEBORAH DUNCAN, SHARON WILNER, MARY ROGERS, ALICIA SMITH and KIM MOODY.

BRINGING IT HOME
Did you know that the oldest person in the world is a Texan? Her name is EUNICE C. SANBORN and she lives in Jacksonville, Texas. Her secret? “I love everything about my life. I like everything about it.” Does that tell us anything about the Power of Positive Thinking AND The Power of Love? Maybe we should watch the salt.

And, from Gautama Buddha, “Teach this triple truth to all. A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

Have you done something for someone today?

photo courtesy Warner Roberts

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