2017 Gala: A Huge Success!

Our 21st Anniversary Gala, “An Evening in the French Quarter,” was a tremendous success! April 23rd was such a special evening honoring Franco Valobra.

Mr. Valobra comes from a multi-generational jeweling business, started by his great-grandfather Vittorio Valobra in Italy. He opened the first Valobra Jewelry showroom in the United States in 1982 in the heart of the French Quarter. Two more stores were then opened in Highland Village in 2006 and Lugano, Switzerland’s work-renowed Via Nassa in 2012. Mr. Valobra is very involved in children’s health and well-being charities, including the New Orleans French Quarter Classic benefiting cancer research, the Highland Village Ferrari Festival benefiting Texas Children’s Hopical Cancer Unit, UNICEF, and many more. We were so excited to honor Mr. Valobra at our event!

We celebrated in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel with cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and of course, music! Our wonderful Houston Chamber Choir performed as well as the Boomtown Brass Band. We love them! Another highlight of the evening was HCC’s very own Lauren Pastorek singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” during dinner! Our silent auction was amazing; so many incredible items from an array of donors and organizations all around Houston. We had a record-setting fundraiser this year, raising almost $100,000!

This evening would not have been possible without the many wonderful people who helped put it all together. A special thanks to our Gala Chairs, Drs. Rachel and Warren Ellsworth; Silent Auction Chair Laurel Flores; and Gala Committee members Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Sonja Bruzauskas, Jack Byrom, J. Todd Frazier, Jeremy Garcia, Nancy Hixon, Brian McCulloch, and David Ashley White. A final thank-you to all of our generous donors and friends who attended.


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What a special night! We can’t wait to start planning our 2018 Gala… See you there!