Rumor Has It – March 2010

By , Staff Writer
March 2010

Bring out the paisley. More than 250 people dripping in polyester and vintage platforms discoed until midnight at Lakeside Country Club. Memorial Drive Elementary PTA’s “Fever for our Future” auction was chaired by Aimee Snoots, Kat Thompson and Michelle Gallio with the support of their husbands, Wynne, Brian and John. Other groovy partiers were PTA president Donna Perillo and hubby Joe Perillo, Amanda and Steve Hesse, Samantha and Jon Lanclos, Marlene and David Spolane, Michelle and James Mouton, Joe and Thea Marino, Mike and Meghan Rao, and Jill and Jeff Collins. Auction volunteers who boogied to the max were Stacy and Stephen McNair, Shannon and Richard Kroger, Despo and David Caldwell, Brenda and Jeb Bartley, Mara and John Burpeau, Cynthia Bigelow, Colleen and Jeff Zatorski, Melissa and Kenny Baldwin, Kelly and Mike Green, Kitty and Steve Oldham, and Margaret and Jeremy Sanders. Can you dig the more than $120,000 that was raised?

Laughter was a shoe-in for shoe-aholic Debby Stanton’s “sexty-ith” birthday celebration. Guests brought a few pairs of their favorite shoes for show-and-tell at this party for eight. Everyone laughed at Joan Lebow’s fish-shaped heels and swooned over Laurie Lee’s sparkly Manolo Blahnik shoes worn at her daughter’s wedding. Donna Palmer brought shoes that were never even worn. Debby’s shoes from both of her sons’ weddings were barely visible in size 5. Debby Berg from Baltimore brought comfy slippers, and Brenda Fant took a walk down memory lane with shoes from each decade.

An excited crowd of 250 was feelin’ groovy at Memorial Drive Elementary PTA’s Fever for our Future auction. Disco queens (from left) Aimee Snoots, Donna Perillo (PTA president), Kat Thompson and Michelle Gallio were there to boogie down and bring in donations for the school.

What could be more appropriate for a Caddyshack party than a contingent of friends called the Gopher Team? Wendy and Kevin Whalen sported a gopher puppet on a shoulder and in a purse for laughs at the Be The Ball party at Hermann Park Golf Course Clubhouse to raise money for Glasstire and the Fresh Arts Coalition. One reveler served beer out of a golf bag.

Block 7 Wine Bar was the scene of a bubbling send-off for Haley and Will Carpenter, who are headed to the Big Apple. Friends Tami Casteel, Andrea Skaggs, Carol Hall, Marlo Axton, Tami Gust, Susan McKeon, Shannon Whiting, Ginny Langenkamp, Manisha Patel, Jayshree Desai, Amita Desai, Anjana Daas, Binny Patel, Meg Humphrey and Chrissy Reed will be happy to visit.

Big and beautiful. Don’t miss touring the 2010 Pink Ribbon House  April 16-18 and 23-25. The magnificent home is located in Hunters Creek at 10807 Bridlewood, and ticket proceeds will benefit the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Chairs Diane Riley, Deb Parks, Trish Hayes and Gail Rauhut will be there to marvel at each of the nine designer rooms. Traditional Home magazine recently featured “20 young interior designers in the country to watch,” which included local designer Julie Dobson, one of the designers for this year’s Pink Ribbon House, which was built by Hersh Levitt and Levitt Partnership.

Need a good laugh? The Houston Junior Forum’s Top Hats & Tennies event is coming up on April 8 at the InterContinental Hotel. Event chair Paula Howeth says the suggested dress is business attire, but she hopes partygoers will slip on trendy tennies. The event will honor Carmela and Kelly Frels, who have been forum members and supporters for more than 30 years. The event will benefit HJF’s college scholarship program. Gayle Barnett, Lynn Gagnon and Judy Perkins think guests will enjoy Inspirational Comedy, the husband and wife comedy team of SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt. Tickets and tables are selling quickly. Go to or call 713-465-7157.

Special December gifts… Tess Lorays Stockdale arrived on Dec. 23, 2009, to parents Shields and Cerissa Stockdale. She is the first grandchild for Joe and Lindy Stockdale and Karl and DeLynn Wardlow. Drew and Pam Shefman welcomed Brock Shefman on Dec 28, 2009. His big sister, 2-year-old Quinn, is already happy bossing Brock around. Grandmother Sue Shefman is thrilled with the family addition.

Music to their ears… Lois Alba and Art Watcher hosted young, talented singers in an intimate setting at their home to raise money for the Soma International Foundation. Lois shared a story line from each aria prior to the performance along with a bit of history about each of the Italian composers. The fifth annual Lois Alba Aria Competition finals will be on May 2. Deadline for entries is March 6, and applications can be requested by contacting ( help (at) somainfo (dot) org.

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