9th Annual “Shades of Roses” Dinner to Benefit the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation

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UPDATE: Beautiful write up and photos via Lights Camera Action Houston:

Read the story and see the photos: http://www.lcahouston.com/2014/10/shades-roses-benefit-holly-rose-ribbon-foundation/
Read the story and see the photos: http://www.lcahouston.com/2014/10/shades-roses-benefit-holly-rose-ribbon-foundation/

“Beautiful ladies in various shades of rose color showed up for this fancy dinner gala event. Sticking with tradition, the sold out annual dinner fundraiser benefiting the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation raised close to $100,000 Sunday night at the 9th Shades of Roses.

Led by Foundation CEO Cindi Rose, the dinner was expanded to fill Fleming’s Steakhouse. The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation also received a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker marking September 14th the “Houston Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Day”, for addressing all cancers for all ages and genders.

Chairs extraordinaire John Evatz, Kim Padgett, and Jessica Rossman welcomed the pretty in pink guests honoring Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan with the prestigious Tracey Hilfman award. David Hilfman, Senior Vice President of World Sales for United Airlines, not only donated two First Class unrestricted United Airlines tickets anywhere United flies, he also purchased a $5,000 table and flew his family in from California to attend. Hilfman’s generosity did not stop there, as the live auctioneer again this year, he kicked off the auction by purchasing the gorgeous diamond earrings and necklace donated by Rex Solomon of Houston Jewelry. Live auction items included a luxury vacation to Puerto Vallarta, a year of fine dining, a Parvizian rug, David Fink mosaic art, Jewels by Elizabeth Frost, crystal clutch by Connie Kwan-Wong and all went for top dollar. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on 36 items in the silent auction on the patio while enjoying a fun photo booth and jazz music by siren Kristine Mills.

Operating partner of Fleming’s Sam Governale closed the restaurant as he and his wife, Tina, joined the festivities. Recipient patient, Michel Eter, shared with the crowd how her reconstruction (normally costs $250,000) made her feel well, whole, and healthier. Scholarship recipient to the University of Houston Ihtesham Imran, who lost his mother to cancer when he was 4, expressed his heart felt gratitude for the financial support of his education from The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation.

Following dinner and the live auction, the event took a surprise turn. Hilfman lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Charlie Padgett, who turned 18 on Sunday, while Sam Governale presented a life size cake in the shape of a guitar playing tribute to Charlie’s musical interests. The cake was fashioned by For Heaven’s Cake of Houston. Mister French’s Gourmet Bakery provided logo’d custom cookies for all attendees. There was no shortage of sweets.

Following dinner, many guests retreated to the patio to enjoy the cold front with cognac and cigars provided by Lucho, while Michael DeMarse performed his original music.

The cocktail attired crowd, mostly in rose and red hues, included Dr. Franklin Rose, Charlie Padgett, Connie Kwan-Wong, Gordon Bethune, Jeff Shell, Nixon Wheat, Carolyn Farb, Jacquie Baly, Bruce Padilla, Hershey Grace, Gus Parisian, Lysa Elkins, Jonathan Blake, David Bequest, Debbie Festari, Michael Caplan, Laura Max Nelson, Dayna, Mark, and Emory Skolkin, Patricia and Mark Rauch, Laurette Veres, Erica Rose, Ben Rose, Leisa Holland Nelson, Azar Telephony, Alicia and Lance Smith, Hilary and Mary Rosenstein, David Alpine, Beth Bryant, Mandy Kao, Dr. Monica Patel, Rachel Suliburk, and David Peck.”  Read more and see the photos: http://www.lcahouston.com/2014/10/shades-roses-benefit-holly-rose-ribbon-foundation/

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The 9th annual Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation’s “Shades of Roses,” dinner, gala and auction will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Honorees Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan
Honorees Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan

The event is hosted by Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation and Co-Chairs John Evatz, Kim Padgett and Jessica Rossman that will honor Houstonians Diane Caplan and Alex Martinez, both of whom have been touched by friends or family with cancer.

Jessica Rossman, John Evatz, and Kim Padgett, chairs of the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation’s 2014 Shades of Roses dinner, are excited to announce the annual five course extravaganza that includes the jazz vocals of Kristine Mills, to be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Fleming’s Restaurant. To honor their outstanding volunteerism to further the overall mission of the organization, the evening’s honorees include Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan, as the recipients of the Tracey Hilfman Award, presented annually by The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. The dinner is not just an ordinary dinner; it is a wine-pairing five-course dinner, with the 2014 event taking over the entire restaurant. The dinner includes a fete of the best wines from around the world, with a silent and live auction full of exciting items for the highest bidder featuring Dave Hilfman as auctioneer, our celebrated entertainment throughout dinner and culminating with cognac and cigars on the patio for a post-dinner reception.


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Table Levels

$2,500 Rose Petals
$3,000 Garden Rose
$3,200 Rose Blossoms
$5,000 Perfect Rose
$10,000 Full Bloom

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Ticket Levels

$250 per ticket – Seated at Tables of Two
$350 per ticket – Seated at Tables of Four
$500 per ticket – Seated at Tables Four of to Five Guests

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Seating is limited for this fabulous dinner that is usually a sell out! Seating varies from $250 (private back room-limited availability) to $350 and $500 for the main room.  All guests receive the same extravagant dinner. Tables range from $2,500 – table of eight (Rose Petals)  $3,000 – table of ten (Garden Rose), $5,000 (Perfect Rose) and $10,000 (Full Bloom). We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us for the annual 2014 Shades of Roses dinner. If you have questions please contact Janice Burns, Table Captain Chair, directly at info@hollyroseribbon.com or 832.641.6414.


The non-profit was established in 2004 in honor of Holly Harwood Skolkin and now in her memory by Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose. The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides 100% free reconstructive surgery to un-insured post-cancer patients. The HRRF offers grief counseling, college scholarships to cancer survivors or to those who have lost a parent to cancer, breast reconstructive surgeries at no-cost to the survivor, and arts in medicine activities for children currently undergoing cancer treatment at area hospitals. During the ten-year history of the Foundation there have been no salaries, both Cindi and her husband Franklin have volunteered their services and time to the organization as a whole.  All funds collected through this event go for the many costs associated in providing reconstructive surgery like nursing care, hospital stays and anesthesiologist costs.

To continue to provide these life-altering services to future patients we look to serve, including individuals, families, and children alike, we need your support to assist in furthering our mission.  Thank you.


Jessica Rossman

John Evatz

Kim Padgett

Honorary Chairmen

Cindi Harwood Rose

Sam Governale


Alex Martinez

Diane Caplan

Auction Chairmen

Alex Blair

Beth Bryant

Table Captain Chair

Janice Burnsshades-of-roses-holly

Host Committee

Alicia Smith

Alison Stevens

Angelica Chapman

Benjamin H. Rose

Beth Cassidy-Garcia

Beth Muecke

Bruce Padilla & Shelby Kibodeaux

Caroline & Dr. Gary Kenney

Charise Spedale

Christine Johnson

Connie Kwan-Wong

David Arpin

David Bergquist

Dr. Adrienne Lord

Dr. Forrest Roth & Lauren Freeman

Dr. Franklin Rose

Dr. Kelli & Martin Fein

Dr. Monica Patel

Dr. Romy Morello

Erica Rose

Gregg Optekamp

Hector Villareal

Jacqueline Baly

Jeff Ball

Kristen Cannon

Laura Max Nelson

Laura True

Laurette Veres

Lori Gralapp Vismara

Lori Lemon-Geshay

Lysa Elkins

Mandy Kao

Marisa & Todd Womble

Mary D’Andrea

Megan Sunday

Mindy Finger

Nicole Soussan

Patrick Joseph

Rachel Suliburk

Reuben Rolf

Roland & Karen Garcia

Rosemary Johnson

Sallymoon Benz

Shayna Andrews

Shayne Kay-King

Sue Habib

Tara Brivic & Reed Looper

Teresa Redding

Theresa & Dr. Lamar Roemer


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