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Friends Gala 2012

Lights . . Camera . . Dance!

2012 Chairs Gabrielle Patout and Lory Tauber announced in April that legendary singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will headline the 32nd Annual Friends of the Stehlin Foundation Gala. The Grammy Award-winning Loggins, perhaps best known for themes from the blockbuster movies Top Gun, Footloose, and Caddyshack will rock the house November 10 at The Westin Galleria Houston. The Gala theme will salute Hollywood’s music and movies, and you may download an invitation here.

Gabrielle and Lory have been planning the event for months. “We worked with Nancy Ames, Nancy Riviere, and Danny Ward to sign a major music star,” said Gabrielle. ”so we were thrilled when Danny told us Kenny Loggins would be our headliner. Kenny’s music appeals to everyone, and the Hollywood theme is a perfect match.”

Event Honors Accessories Designer Elaine Turner

Another perfect match is this year’s Gala honoree, Elaine Turner. A Texas girl with a cosmopolitan sense of style and a serious dedication to the fight against breast cancer, Elaine’s signature boutiques have grown from her flagship store in Houston’s Rice Village to include The Woodlands, San Antonio, Nashville, and New York in 2012. Giving back to the community is part of Elaine’s “personal DNA,” and both she and her company support breast cancer awareness and other causes by hosting numerous fundraisers at her boutiques each year. (Note – see photos from Elaine’s August 2012 event at City Centre benefitting the Foundation here.) Elaine’s mother currently is receiving treatment for breast cancer. Elaine’s passionate creative vision and positivity blend perfectly with the excitment surrounding the 2012 Gala.

Loggins and Skyrocket!

With twelve platinum selling albums, Kenny Loggins’ list of hits is impressive: FootlooseDanger Zone I’m Alright (Caddyshack theme)Danny’s Song House at Pooh CornerCelebrate Me Home This is It - Your Mama Don’t Dance - Whenever I Call You FriendMeet Me HalfwayA Love SongHeart to HeartI Would Do AnythingAngry Eyes - and on and on. And guests won’t get a break when Kenny leaves the stage. Skyrocket!, the “wickedly original party band” from Austin will take over to keep the dance floor rockin’.

Foundation Friends

The Friends of the Stehlin Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose annual events have netted over $11 million. All of the proceeds have been donated to CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation’s research, clinical, and education programs. Friends founder (and Foundation vice chairman) Mike Meagher summed up the Friends’ motivation: “There’s a lot of excitement about the new cancer drugs and research projects on the horizon, but it takes money to make those possibilities come true. That’s why we’re here – to raise money. We just always have a good time doing it.”

Gala Table & Ticket Categories

To purchase tickets or tables online, CLICK HERE.

Gala Underwriters

  • $100,000    The Godfather – Major Benefactor
  • $50,000      Citizen Kane - Benefactor

Sponsor Tables (10 seats)

  • $25,000     Doctor Zhivago – Patient Underwriter – premium seating
  • $10,000     Good Fellas - Premium seating
  • $5,000       The Wild Bunch 
  • $3,500        Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner


  • $2,000       Double Indemnity - Seating for two in the $10,000 table section
  • $1,000        Bonnie and Clyde – Seating for two in the $5,000 table section
  • $600           Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Seating for two
  • $300           Rebel Without A Cause – Individual seating

For printed information on Gala tables and tickets or to order by mail, click on the link below to download the 2012 reservation form:

2012 Friends Gala Table & Ticket Reservation (pdf format)

If you have other questions regarding the 2012 Gala, please contact Colleen Colton at the Foundation (713-659-1336).

2012 Gala Chairs Interview

Recent Gala Chairs

Denise and Philip Bahr, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Beth Madison, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa

Gabrielle Patout, Lory Tauber

Donna Lewis, Lin Mills Smolensky, Nancy White

Tamara and Harrison Bibb, Becca and Philip Weigand

Ashley Anderson, Sara Beck

Andrea and Paul Stewart

Dianne and Ken Anderson

Amy Donovan, Emily Adams

Sally and Bobby Anderson

Nancy and Tim White, Erin Fowler, Ashley Morgan, Catie Pagel

Donna and Norman Lewis

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