UPDATE: Shades of Roses Kickoff Party at Seasons 52

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UPDATE – July 13, 2014 via SHELBY HODGE & CultureMap:

A hot time at a trendy new Houston restaurant sets the stage for an exclusive Rose Ribbon dinner

Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Rose,left, with party host Reuben Rolf. Photo by Herb Hochman

Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Rose,left, with party host Reuben Rolf.
Photo by Herb Hochman

The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation reached beyond its traditional culinary boundaries by landing in Seasons 52 for the kickoff party for its Shades of Roses dinner, held annually at Fleming’s River Oaks. Thanks to the hospitality of Seasons managing partner Reuben Rolf, the group got off to an early start for the Sept. 14 dinner.

More than 200 poured in for this lively kickoff that had dinner chairs Kim Padgett and Jessica Rossman beaming. Joining them at the Seasons 52 party were Shades of Roses honorees Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan, both of whom have experienced the effects of cancer in their families.

Read the original story in it’s entirety and see the photos as featured on CultureMap here: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/society/07-13-14-a-hot-time-at-a-trendy-new-houston-restaurant-sets-the-stage-for-an-exclusive-rose-ribbon-dinner/

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

Tis the Season for Shades of Roses and Love

Seasons 52 Restaurant’s Managing Partner Reuben Rolf opened his heart to underwrite an outstanding kick-off party at his trendy River Oaks Westheimer location, July 8, for TheHollyRoseRibbonFoundation 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) upcoming Shades of Roses extravagant five course wine/benefit dinner, to be held Sunday, Sept. 14, at Fleming’s in River Oaks. “The idea is to get people thinking in September about October breast cancer awareness month,” said CEO and founder, Cindi Rose. Loyal pink-hearted chairs Kim Padgett and Jessica Rossman could not agree more.  The event, which filled out quickly with over 200 beautiful minded people came to also support the honorees of the September elaborate wine dinner: Alex Martinez and Diane Caplan, both who have either lost a parent to cancer or who have a parent to cancer.  The mission of the foundation began with a seed idea, to help the under and uninsured have free breast cancer reconstruction surgery (an operation that can cost up to $250,000) to feel well and whole, it was to put normal back into critical illness.  The non-profit also provides free art group classes to cancer patients at Texas Children’s Hospital, and offers scholarships to students who lost a parent to any cancer, or have cancer or leukemia.  “We also do grief counseling, diet and stress counseling, and support groups,” Cindi Rose said.

The natural brick background was perfect for the 12 string original New Age jazz compositions by singer, song-writer Michael DeMarse who added joy to the evening.  Seasons 52 passed exotic flatbreads, shrimp, scallops, and stuffed mushrooms, while serving South African Chardonnay and Chilean Cabernet.

The invitation stated, there is no cost to attend, but a nice bottle of wine or champagne or your favorite gift certificate for our upcoming silent auction would be lovely.  Lovely indeed!  Over $4,000 was raised from a raffle which included art from Anne Marie Vancas, a $300 Lucho certificate, handmade jewelry from Angelica Chapman, and gift certificates from Seasons 52, as well as beautiful gift certificates brought.  In the fabulous wine and champagne category over 50 bottles ranging from $35 to $120 were brought by the glamorous Summer Season crowd. Elizabeth Frost donated a one-of a kind real gemstone necklace and earring set valued at $1,400.  In that glittering pink hearted group were: Cynthia Sinatra and daughter Victoria Brink, Roland Garcia, Dr. James and Rachel Suliburk, JMichael Stoltz, Elizabeth Frost, Dr. Franklin Rose, Leisa Holland Nelson and her daughter, Laura Max, newly engaged to Ben Harwood Rose, Beth Cassidy-Garcia, Janice Burns, Beth Bryant, David Arpin, Thi Hac Nguyen, Sue Habib (who offered to donate all the roses and flower arrangements for the Sept. 14 event from Lexis Florist), Ayna Segal Parsons, Alex Blair, Lysa Elkins, Hector Villarreal (who will donate cigars, men’s suits to the event), Bruce Padilla, Shelby Kibodeaux, Christine Johnson, Mark Wood, Sonia Soto, Dana Kervin Clark, Jacquie Baly, Jennifer Roosth, and Carol SnowdenAlex Martinez said he would donate use of his Puerto Vallarta home, while chair Kim Padgett came with handfuls of gift certificates from her ever-popular The Padgett Group PR agency.  All in the name of Shades of Roses, shades of the seasons, and shades of cancer prevention and wellness.  Only 200 can attend this prestigious always sold-out event, ticket prices range from $250 to $500. Many tables were sold that evening ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.


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Alex Martinez, Cynthia Sinatra, Cindi Rose, Beth Cassidy-Garcia, Victoria Brink
Alex Martinez, Cynthia Sinatra, Cindi Rose, Beth Cassidy-Garcia, Victoria Brink

Here is the original invitation and information below:


Seasons 52
4410 Westheimer Road
Houston TX 77027

Tuesday, July 8th
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Shades of Roses Kickoff Party
to benefit the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation

Wine and bites for the Kickoff Party graciously donated by Seasons 52

More details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/261721247353577/262117653980603/

Money raised at the Kickoff Party and Shades of Roses dinner gala will support the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation’s activities and programs that support children and adults with cancer.

Learn more about our Shades of Roses 9th annual dinner gala and live auction here: https://hollyroseribbon.com/9th-annual-shades-roses-dinner-benefit-holly-rose-ribbon-foundation/

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