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PEARLS & PINSTRIPES GALA

The 1950’s classic cocktail soiree, held at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, was filled with men in pinstripe suits and women in their best pearls, making the whole room shimmer. This year’s honoree was Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin for his avid and dedicated support of The Village for many years.

The Houston Astros playing in the World Series didn’t stop us from having a good time at the Pearls & Pinstripes Gala on Saturday, October 29th. The 1950’s classic cocktail soiree, held at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, was filled with men in pinstripe suits and women in their best pearls, making the whole room shimmer. Guests enjoyed classic cocktails made popular in the 1950s such as Old Fashioned, Highballs, and Tom Collins while bidding in the Silent Auction and swinging to the sounds of DJ Freddy B on the dance floor. Several TVs were set up throughout the room so guests could cheer on their hometown favorites and celebrate the 5-2 Game 2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. 

This year’s honoree was Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin for his avid and dedicated support of The Village for many years. We were excited to shine a light on his many career achievements and contributions to the community including his assistance to ensure Villagers receive critically important funding and resources from the City of Houston. Mayor Pro-Tem Martin was first elected to City Council representing District E in November 2012, and on January 2, 2020, was nominated as Mayor Pro-Tem by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Mayor Pro-Tem was honored with a touching tribute from Executive Director, Kristy Conrad and State Representative Dan Huberty. Martin and his wife of 39 years, Julie, have been longtime residents of Kingwood where they have raised their three children and been active parishioners of St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

Emcee for the event, once again, was KTRK-TV ABC13 Eyewitness News journalist Mayra Moreno. We were thrilled to have her back as Emcee as she dazzled attendees with her charm and sparkling personality. Attendees also enjoyed cowboy auctioneer Rusty Mertink and his “Wrangler” assistants who guided the Live Auction and Fund-a-Need in raising over $70,000. Contributions made during the gala combined with sponsorship and ticket sales raised more than $280,000 to support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities! We thank you for your support!

We would like to thank the Gala Co-Chairs, Gala committee members, sponsors, auction donors, volunteers, and staff who made the Gala possible!

2022 Gala Co-Chairs:

Jay and Sally Mincks

2022 Gala Committee:

Dave & Gwendolyn Crawford, Greg & Marie Halvatzis, Stephen & Patricia King, Oscar & Olympia Martinez, and Ben & Sheila Turner.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting: 

Joe and Cathy Cleary, Russell and Glenda Gordy, and Jay and Sally Mincks

Highball:

The Jerry C. Dearing Family Foundation, Halliburton Charitable Foundation, and Insperity

Tom Collins: Bill & Janice Anderson, Greg & Marie Halvatzis, Stephen & Patricia King/Peter W. Mantell, and The MINT National Bank

Rum Runner: 

William & Kelly Brock/Robert & Jayme Scarfo, Leonard & Kim Brusatori, Jeff & Kristy Conrad, Dave & Gwendolyn Crawford, The Deleon Family, Frost Bank, Campaign for Dave Martin, and Ben & Sheila Turner

Mai Tai:

Susan Frieden

Villager Sponsors:

Comerica, David & Judy Justus, Christopher Provost, John & Michelle Sorrentino

Cocktail Sponsor:

Michael Simonetty

Media Sponsor:

Forest Image Magazine

 

Thank you to our auction donors!

Aggieland Safari
Dawn Bajalieh
Barnaby's Cafe
Black Swan Yoga
Claire Brown
Cynthia Calvert
Chris Childress
Dave & Gwendolyn Crawford
Dessert Gallery
Forest Image Magazine
Frost Town Brewery
Wayne & Millie Garrison
Golf Club of Houston
Kirksey Gregg Productions
Greg & Marie Halvatzis
Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
Ron & Erin Holley
Houston Dynamo FC
Houston Interactive Aquarium
Houston Zoo
Craig Howard
Insperity
Ann Isaacson
James Avery
Kent & Melanie Johnston
David & Judy Justus
Kendra Scott
Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Oscar & Olympia Martinez

Dwayne & Karen McClelland
Messina Hof
Ron & Brenda Miller
Morgan's Wonderland
Mike & Layna Netek
Nice Winery
OrangeTheory Fitness
Brett Passmore
Pedego Houston
Range USA
Schlotzsky's
The Simonetty Family
Dustin Steger
Strawbridge Interfaith Quilters
Teressa Foglia
Texas Rangers
The Astros Foundation
The Axelrad Clinic

The Clubs of Kingwood

The Deleon Family

Thomas Markle Jewelers
Three B's Grill
Tiffany Harston Photography
Tiff's Treats
Tour 18
Va Va Bloom
Felix & Amy Vara
Dr. Melanie Vardeman
Cecil & Maureen Wattigney
YogaOne Kingwood

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