Shelby Hodge’s New Year’s Poem Puts Politicians, Billionaires and Real Estate Stars on Call
See Who Made the Cut This Year as 2019 Gives Way to 2020BY Shelby Hodge // 12.31.19
Jim Crane, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Tilman Fertitta (Dave Rossman photo)
Ann & John Bookout
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Jacob Sudhoff, CEO of Douglas Elliman Texas (Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman)
Lindsey Brown & Chef Chris Shepherd at Houston Ballet's Raising the Barre fundraiser at Artisans Restaurant. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Mike & Laurel D'Antoni (Dave Rossman Photo)
Norman & Donna Lewis (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Mady & Ken Kades at the TUTS 50th anniversary gala at the Post Oak Hotel. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
William Finnorn, Marnie Greenwood (Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton)
Mike Mahlstedt of Compass on the catwalk at Una Notte in Italia. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
T’was the night before New Year’s
And all through the town
Some folks were happy while others were down.
Mayor Turner rode in on a wave quite high.
Tony Buzbee, on the other hand, tried not to cry
So instead, off he went on his cool jet to fly.
The Astros were naughty, the Rockets quite nice,
The Texans we don’t know, it’s a role of the dice.
But the teams came together one charitable night
Raising $1.4 million for Texans in plight.
Jim Crane, Mike D’Antoni and Cal McNair,
Add Tilman Fertitta to the big guns who care.
We love all the parties we’ve seen through the year
But for Methodist Hospital we really must cheer.
For its 100th anniversary, the records were shattered
And that $9.5 million was all that mattered.
A standing ovation for Ann and John Bookout,
They brought in the money, so give them a shout out.
Business as usual was turned upside down
As the real estate market changed across town.
Compass and Douglas Elliman hit the streets with a mission
Residential real estate saw a formidable transition.
Michael Mahlstedt, Jacob Sudhoff, Laura Sweeney and more
As agents changed hats, our chins hit the floor.
Then luxury leader John Daugherty did sell,
making a deal with Elliman said to be quite swell.
Speaking of real estate, the city’s gone wild
with a vertical boom that is anything but mild.
Think The Pearl, The Preston and Drewery Place,
The Mondrian, The Allen, and Le Palais.
Even La Colombe ‘dOr succumbs to the lure
With Hines as developer, it’s a win for sure.
Who can afford those high rents, we don’t know
but there are plenty of Houstonians with much on the go.
Diane Caplan, Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown,
They’re among those making magic all across town.
Add to the list Rufus Cormier, Ben Wiegand and Laurel D’Antoni
Lyndsey and Brett Zorich and Tim Moloney.
They do it so well with much ceremony
Lauren Randle, Stuart Rosenberg and Whitney Crane,
Kristina Somerville, Brady Carruth and his lovely bride Zane.
Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield, Isabel David and Danny,
Stephanie Cockrell, Betty Leal and Federal Judge Manny.
Terri Havens and John, Christiana McConn,
Aliyya Stude, Betty Moody and Trenton Doyle Hancock,
Leigh Smith, Ann Ayre, Trish Morille and Rock.
The stylish ones rule in this city so chic
Nick Florescu, Miss Sachse as in Dominique
Kristy Bradshaw, Ruth Davis, Greg Fourticq and John Cone
Amy Pierce, Thurmon Andress, Sheri and Grant Roane
Tatiana and Craig Massey, Bill Caudell and Randy Powers
with naming of names, I could go on for hours.
But we’re having such fun t’would be a shame to slow down
for within all these names is the social low down.
William Finnorn, Marnie Greenwood, Bob Zlotnik and Marcie,
Megan Hotze and Ericka Bagwell, they know how to party.
Ceron and Todd Fiscus with Emme, sweet baby,
Courtney Paddock, Dean Gladden, Ken Kades and Mady.
Lindsey Love, Ashley Pearce and Sippi Khurana
Blayne Fertitta, Nina Westbrook, Norman Lewis and Donna.
The clock is fast counting down on 2019,
as we head full force to the 2020 scene.
Here’s wishing you all a happy New Year
With good health, good fortune and lots of good cheer.