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Courageous Gymnast Aly Raisman Confronts Abuse in Houston During Spirited Talk

When the Bayou City's Most Fashionable Make a Difference

BY // 05.08.19

Once again, the startling juxtaposition of high fashion and sexual abuse delivered a dual message, this time in the ballroom of The Post Oak Hotel, where the Children’s Assessment Center held its annual “Spirit of Spring” luncheon. Number one: The violation of children must be stopped. Number two: Even the most fashionable women and men have the power to help.

And that has been the beauty of this popular luncheon since its inception two decades ago.

On this 20th anniversary of the CAC’s work, the tough talk was delivered by Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, one of numerous young gymnasts violated by the notorious Dr. Larry Nassar.

“You have to have the strength of character to step up and do the right thing,” she said in an on-stage interview with Channel 13 ABC news anchor Gina Gaston. Poised and well-spoken, Raisman warned of the difficulty sexual abuse victims have in coming forward and advised on their need for support when confronting abuse.

It was a sobering discussion made even more poignant considering CAC executive director Elaine Stolte‘s shocking remark that since the nonprofit’s opening, “100,000 abused children have walked through our doors.”

Before Raisman’s interview and before the entrees were served, Elizabeth Anthony presented a runway show of Jason Wu‘s latest creations, ladylike fashions that had the throng eager to join the after party at the Uptown Park boutique where Wu would be on hand to consult directly with the fashionable femmes. Introducing Wu and inviting guests to the after party was Elizabeth Anthony owner Julie Roberts.

Applause, applause for luncheon chairs Ericka Bagwell, Alicia Smith and Phyllis Williams and auction chair Neekie Kashani for their luncheon effort that raised more than $350,000.

PC. Seen: Diane Kaplan, Lauren Randle, Dee Dee Marsh, Kelli Weinzierl, Judge Mike McSpadden, Phoebe Tudor, Laurel D’Antoni, Brigitte Kalai, Anne Carl, Deborah Duncan, Glenda Gordy, Kelley Lubanko, Marilynn Adame, Brandi Maxwell, Lisa Hotlhouse, Amy Pierce, Leticia Trauber, Rosemary Schatzman, Barbara Van Postman, and Ileana Trevino.

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