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Daniella Rodriguez Correa, the Star Shortstop’s Foundation and Other Astros Wives Honor a Young Cancer Patient’s Memory in Heartfelt Butterfly Lunch

Carlos Correa and Fabergé Team Up in River Oaks District

BY // 08.30.21
photography Quy Tran

Not typically open for lunch, River Oaks District hotspot MAD pulsated with a chic contingent on a recent midday as the vaunted house of Fabergé hosted a luncheon benefiting Carlos Correa’s Family Foundation and the Gemfields Foundation. Fabulous jewels were on the auction block while Fabergé introduced an exquisite limited edition butterfly transformable pendant in honor of a young cancer patient and ardent Astros fan.

The posh midday fête was the second partnership between the Correa Family Foundation and the Gemfields Foundation and the second event to raise $100,000 for the two nonprofits. For the Gemfields Foundation in particular, the money raised will help to complete building a school in Mozambique, specifically for a solar-powered computer room. In honor of the school, the event featured a bespoke auction piece, a 2.01 carat loose Mozambican ruby starting at $17,000.

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Dr. Katy & Richard Skinner at the Fabergé/Correa Family Foundation benefit luncheon at MAD in River Oaks District. (Photo by Quy Tran)

In honor of the butterfly pendant, Daniella Rodriguez, wife of the Astros shortstop, released a flutter of 17 Monarch butterflies that swiftly flittered across River Oaks District as guests applauded their release. The pendant was an homage to a cancer patient Cameron Gooch, a young Astros fan who was given an honorary No. 17 jersey by the team. The 10-year-old passed away in 2018.

Fabergé‘s created 17 of the butterfly brooch/pendants, numbered 1 to 17 and priced at $17,000.

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The Fabergé butterfly pendant brooch created in honor of a young cancer patient. (Photo by Quy Tran)

While their husband players were at Minute Maid Park warming up for a game on this day, Janelise Maldaonado, Nina Altuve and Lianet Gurriel joined Rodriguez at the luncheon.

MAD/BCN co-owner executive chef Luis Roger was on hand to insure that his signature dishes such as the liquid olives, the MAD tomato and the scrumptious paellas were done to perfection.

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PC Seen: Dr. Ricky Flores, head of Pediatric Cancer for Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands and head of the CFF Foundation; Fabergé store director Yoon Smith, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Cheryl Murphy Haseeb, Tracy Younes, Mark Menendez, Cheryl Murphy Haseeb, and Tracy Younes.

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