Society / Fashion

River Oaks’ Million Dollar Second-Hand Sale Draws Rich and Famous Power Ladies

Everyone Shows for Discounts

BY // 04.20.17
photography Kim Coffman

Apparently, no one is ever too rich or too high-profile to delve into the racks of previously-owned threads. Consider the A-listers who rushed through the doors of River Oaks Country Club to get first dibs on the designer threads offered in the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Reflections on Style event.

We spotted Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Hall of Famer Jana Arnoldy with her arms loaded. Likewise, Joanne King Herring had her hands full and was practically giddy at the shopping prospects. While Mary Maxey was changing into the Milly dress that she found on the sale (ditching the dress she had worn to the event), identical twins Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist prowled the racks as did Gayle Eury, Sydney Faust and Kathy Goossen. Elise Joseph was one among those generously bidding on the pristine Hermes scarf, which by then was going for well above retail.

First shopping, then a luncheon and fashion show of the best-of-the best donated clothing, then more shopping.

Amid the din of the bustling dining room crowd, Lynn Wyatt echoed the sentiments of many among the 520 guests. “I love this luncheon. There’s so much energy. It’s fun!”

Of course, any event that begins with a serenade by the Salvation Army Harbor Lights Choir enjoys a full throttle launch.

The 13th annual event proved to be auspicious for the auxiliary which was expecting final proceeds to nudge the milestone $1 million mark. Final tabulation won’t be made until the weekend, when sales at the Chic Boutique at Uptown Park are complete.

Holiday Gifting

  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Cotton Club
  • Cotton Club
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Wayne Smith
  • Asher Gallery
  • Wayne Smith
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston

In her remarks before the Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Klosz Bonar fashion parade, honoree Ann Bookout told the over-flow crowd, “This is the most labor intensive fundraiser imaginable.”

Reflections on Style chairwoman Maureen Higdon told the gathering that work began on the 2017 event even before last year’s sale was complete. That meant that Chic Boutique chairs Amanda Gelb and Kathy Lee and Showroom chairs Diana ”Stick” Delaup, Pam Sengelmann and Dev Stern had their team of auxiliary volunteers rounding up and categorizing clothes and accessories throughout the summer.

The event saluted Margot Perot, who spearheaded organization of the event in Dallas. She jetted into town to be the guest at Bookout’s table.

Shopping til they dropped: Auxiliary president Nancy Willerson, Salvation Army Major Melody Davis, Linda McReynolds, Cathy Cleary, Ann Duncan, Rose Cullen, Jenny Elkins, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Lilly Andress, Dianne McDonough, Carmen Mach, Joelle Mach, Tara Wuthrich, Betty Hrncir, Brenda DeVore, Merele Yarborough, Debby Leighton, Carol Sharpe and Laura McWilliams. 

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