Tequila Toasts with Rosario Mendoza, chair Daisy Mendoza, Kris Goyri, chair Karina Barbieri, Sandra Weil, Michele Leal Farah
Patricia Herrera, Jessica Rossman
Emily Mir, Marcie Mar
Christy Maloy, Mirta Tummino
Marianelly Noble, Sally Lechin
Cyndy Garza Roberts, Rosi Hernandez
Divya & City Controller Chris Brown
Michele Leal Farah, Gloria Luna Bounds
Mari Trevino, Monica Reyna Casiano
Chairs Karina Barbieri, Daisy Mendoza
Maritza & Manuel Gonzales
Alina Garcia, Sandy Barrett, Susan Sarofim, Donna Vallone
Michael & Ileana Trevino
Monica Gonzalez, Elva Flores
Sandra Matta, Micheline Newall
Mari Trevino, Mari Lu Garza
What: Latin Women’s Initiative annual luncheon and bazaar
Where: Hilton Americas-Houston
PC Moment: What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than at the always lively Latin Women’s Initiative benefit, which is highly regarded for its energy, enthusiasm, and fantastic fashions. The 15th annual bash drew more than 650 stylish femmes and a sprinkling of men, who applauded the fashion flair of styles from Cooperativa Shop’s Kris Goyri and Sandra Weil, as well as the heritage collection of Takasami’s Rosario Mendoza.
There were applause all around as Latin Women’s Initiative president Michele Leal Farah announced that since its founding, the group had raised more than $2 million for non-profits that support women and children in Houston’s Latino community. Three cheers for the day’s chairs Karina Barbieri and Daisy Mendoza, who led the event to proceeds of more than $250,000.
A special salute was given to the honorary chairs who assembled on stage in recognition of their contributions to past luncheons. They included Ericka Bagwell, Rosi F. Hernández, Patricia Herrera, Trini Mendenhall, Micheline Ferrand Newall, Mary Tere Perusquia, Cyndy Garza Roberts, and Susana Brener de Stern.
The party concluded with a tequila toast, compliments of Titanium Tequila, to LWI’s milestone anniversary, which warmed up the shopping urges as guests perused the bountiful bazaar.