1. Cadeaux means “gift” in French, and that’s exactly how to describe this adorable shop with the same name. Owned and operated by one of my former colleagues, Paola Furber, who recently opened up her own advertising and PR agency called Furber Villarreal, Cadeaux offers handbags, jewelry, candles and more. Pictured (l to r) are: Cadeaux co-owners Paola Furber and Jonathan Stup
2. The sixth annual luncheon for the Society for the Performing Arts was a huge success at Houston Country Club. The authors of the best-selling novel “The Nanny Diaries” were the guest speakers for the event. Hollywood is in the process of turning the popular book into a motion picture. Pictured (l to r) are: Chair Marcy Taub Wessel, authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and SPA’s Toby Mattox.
3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at West Alabama and Kirby is buzzing with business. The California-based restaurant officially opened its doors with a benefit for Child Advocates, Inc. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to the nonprofit group that provides a voice for abused children. Fleming’s also offers 100 wines by the glass. Pictured (l to r) are: Lisa Lin, Fleming’s operating partner Maeve Pesquera and Mike Mangum
4. Halliburton’s Professional Women’s Group has sponsored an event benefiting Dress for Success Houston for the past two years. Recently, Ocean Energy came on board as another sponsor. More than 200 women attended the event that raised $10,000 – enough to purchase 200 suits. Pictured (l to r) are: Halliburton community relations manager Ellie Francisco, Dress for Success co-founder Nancy Levicki and Ocean Energy vice president of communications Janice White
5. The Stanford Group USPA Silver Cup was celebrated in grand style at the Houston Polo Club. Top players from around the world, including actor Tommy Lee Jones, joined the best local talent for a match. The three days of activities even included a dinner at The Palm restaurant and a huge “Bayou Bash” at John and Leigh Anne Hall’s polo ranch. Pictured (l to r) are: Stanford Group’s Jay Comeaux, Dawn Laurel Jones along with her husband, Tommy Lee Jones
6. The future is big for the Alley Theatre. Its new, innovative Center for Theatre Production, covering 75,000 square feet, includes five floors devoted to the workshops, rehearsal halls and offices for artistic, production and administrative personnel, making it one of the largest contiguous theater support spaces in the country. Pictured (l to r) are: Composer and songwriter Frank Wildhorn and the Alley’s Gregory Boyd.
7. St. Joseph Hospital Foundation’s 36th annual gala, “Imprints of Paris,” was held at the Westin Galleria. The gala raised a record $375,000. The foundation presented Dr. James and Mary Barden Keegan with the first-ever Bishop Claude M. Dubois award. The Keegans have been a part of the Christus St. Joseph Hospital family for more than 40 years. Pictured (l to r) are: Michelle and Greg Elliott and Larry and Lyn Jones