Reflections on Style chairs Stick Delaup and Rhonda Jones open the doors on the 2018 Chic Boutique.
Shopping til dropping at the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Reflections on Style at River Oaks Country Club in 2018.
Linda McReynolds, Janice McNair, Alice Burguieres
John & Betty Hrncir
Elise Joseph, Jenny Elkins, Judy Tate
Darlene Clark, Gayle Eury
Deborah Dunkum, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Vicki West
Dev Stern, Leigh Alvarez
Ginger Blanton, Maureen Higdon
Ballgowns on the runway at River Oaks Country Club
Joanne King Herring, Joe & Cathy Cleary
Lilly Andress, Jan Duncan, Becky Cooke
Pam Sengelmann, Dorothy Cuenod
Linda McReynolds, Susan Sarofim
Lucy Lewis, Jane Wise
Salvation Army Major Melody Davis, Rhonda Jones, Gayle Eury
Cora Sue Mach, Diane Gendel
Mary Maxey, Debbie Leighton
Chairs Stick Delaup, Rhonda Jones
Only hours before former First Lady Barbara Bush, an ardent supporter of the Salvation Army, passed away, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary paused at its annual Reflections on Style luncheon to remember the woman who once rang bells at a holiday kettle to encourage volunteerism.
In no surprising coincidence in Houston’s sphere of community service, the day’s honoree, Betty Hrncir, is not only a close Bush family friend but also serves as president of the Ladies for Literacy Guild which supports the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Hrncir shares the Salvation Army recognition with a number of other civic leaders including Barbara Bush, who received the honor in 2011.
Levity rather than gravity prevailed at the River Oaks Country Club luncheon where a sellout crowd of more than 500 women descended to pick up amazing bargains on designer fashions donated by many of the city’s leading ladies. As is tradition, the fundraiser began early with shopping in the country club formal dining room aka the Chic Boutique where racks upon racks of must-have clothing begged for the taking. Think good-as-new shoes, handbags, dresses and hats bearing such labels as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Valentino, Prada and Dior.
An added bonus this year was a collection of brand new gowns, priced from $800 to $4,000, from a now closed Uptown Park retailer, that were offered for a song. Those and other top ensembles were featured in a lively runway presentation orchestrated by Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Klosz Bonar. The show of beautiful clothing had guests eager to dispense with dessert in order to be first in line when the ballroom doors opened on the second half of the sale which featured the runway collection.
Thousands of pieces from the Reflections on Style collection are gathered at the Chic Boutique Showroom Sale at 1131-08 Uptown Park Boulevard in Uptown Park. Hours at 10 am to 7 pm Thursday and Friday and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Admission is $20. The total tally of monies raised for the Salvation Army will be made after the final sales.
Heading up the fundraiser, which brought in $675,000 just from the luncheon event, were luncheon chairs Diana “stick” Delaup and Rhonda Jones, Chic Boutique chairs Darlene Clark and Gayle Eury, Chic Boutique Showroom chairs Leigh Newton Alvarez and Dev Stern.
Who: Linda McReynolds, Elise Joseph, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Janice McNair, Rose Cullen, Pat Breen, Phoebe Tudor, Judy Tate, Jenny Elkins, Joan Schnitzer, Cathy and Joe Cleary, Vicki West, Lilly Andress, Ginger Blanton, Debbie Leighton, Cora Sue Mach, Susan Sarofim, Diane Gendel, and Maureen Higdon.