Bobby Matos, Luis Roger, Mark Cox, Frederic Perrier
Sundance Head on stage at Hotel ZaZa
Robert Sakowitz, Franelle Rogers
Stephen & Allison Lewis, Hallie Vanderhider
Dean Putterman, Caroline Kenney, Chris Young
Carolyn Faulk, Pat Studdert
Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin
Tinti Moffat, Mary Travis, Mike Malone, Randy Travis, Al Weir
Jennifer & Steven Bass, Joy & Don McCormack
Jim & Jeanie Janke, Monica & Ben Berg
Dean Putterman, Ed Finger
Lori Schroeder, Laura Kent, Darryl Schroeder, Robert Sakowitz
Mark Cox, Sundance Head
Michael & Elizabeth Hatfield, Cathy & David Herr
Mike & Becky Harris, Ree Guyer, Chris Young
Laura & Jerry Kent
The Hotel ZaZa ballroom filled to the brim
Even after winning Season 11 of The Voice, signing a contract with Republic Records and out on the road for 90 days of concerts, Sundance Head remains on the quiet side, not quite shy but not verbose. And he is amazingly generous. Though the country/soul singer and songwriter lost his home in Porter under 14 feet of Harvey water, he jumped into the live auction at Wednesday night’s Best Cellars fundraiser at Hotel ZaZa to bid a winning $14,000 on a dinner evening starring himself!
“I feel so blessed,” he said over the four course gourmet dinner prepared by four of the city’s top toques. “I try to help people whenever I can.”
In fact, his wife, Misty, was bidding on a quail hunt in South Dakota to give to a buddy and his son. “I don’t have time to do it but I want to give it to him,” Head said. At the same time, he noted how lucky he felt to have finally been able to buy a house for his wife and their three children. (Not the one that flooded as they had not moved in yet.)
A country boy at heart, who loves dogs and to date has taken in eight strays (which explains Misty packing the leftover short rib bones to take home), he dove into the fancy dinner plates with the enthusiasm of a true connoisseur.
In fact, few could resist the scrumptious dishes overseen by retired chef Mark Cox (his fifth year orchestrating the charity dinner) and prepared by BCN Taste & Tradition‘s Luis Roger, State of Grace‘s Bobby Matos and chef/restaurateur Frederic Perrier.
And, of course, the gourmet fare was accompanied by fine wines contributed by table hosts as is tradition with the seventh annual benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Leading the cause was evening chair Franelle Rogers and honorary chairs Carolyn Faulk, Dean Putterman, and Jeanie and Jim Janke. Robert Sakowitz reprised his role as wine host chairman.
Adding to the evening’s star power were legendary country star Randy Travis and Sony recording artist Chris Young, who along with Head generously posed for selfies throughout the night. A star in his own right was Stephen Lewis who amiably served as both emcee and compelling auctioneer, squeezing record proceeds out of the crowd. The final total of the night was a record $250,000, which the foundation has earmarked for for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The night ended with a rousing set by Sundance Head, who performed his wining tune fromThe Voice ,”Me and Jesus,” and his own song “Darlin’ Don’t Go.”
Who: T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly in from home base in Nashville, Mary Travis, Mark Bermann, Hallie Vanderhider, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Monica and Ben Berg, Lori and Darryl Schoreder, Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak, Elizabeth and Michael Hatfield, Cathy and David Herr, and Laura and Jerry Kent.