The Belles of the Ball
The Belles of the Symphony Ball, dressed entirely in white, were presented Jan. 28 during the 47th annual ball; the theme, Crown Jewels of Vienna. And, yes, the lovely ladies sparkled and shone during their presentation at the JW Marriott. Mike Osterhage served as master of ceremonies, and there was a performance by Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Ball chairs Dr. George and Jill Vassar and Symphony League president Freddie E. Cervera welcomed guests. Kathy and Andrew Stell served as Belle chairs, and Cathy Siegel was the presentation choreographer for the 17th year.
Olivia Rose Viroslav was recognized as The Aubergine of San Antonio, representing the San Antonio Symphony League at the Austin Women’s Symphony League’s Jewel Ball.
The jewels/belles this year included Marbella Gaona, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Raul Gaona, Jr., escorted by John Gage Gunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gunter; Kathleen Anne Ballantyne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kab Ballantyne, escorted by William Clay Chaney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Chaney; Hannah Brittany Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Bruce Mann, escorted by Hunter Hill Farrimond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Todd Farrimond; Carson Elizabeth Wolff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Wolff, escorted by Travis Bailey McEldowney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Craig Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Harding Conrad McEldowney; Abbie Taylor Farrimond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Todd Farrimond, escorted by Steven Donald Almquist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ray Almquist.
Jacqueline Demar Gunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Carkuff Gunter, escorted by Thomas Robert Hardy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hardy; Abigayle Suzanne Hughes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Malcolm Hughes, escorted by Beau Zachary Mellin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mellin; Ellen Amelia McFarland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Terry McFarland, escorted by Joshua Thomas Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sanders; Katherine Paige Adelman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Morris Adelman, escorted by Robert Rumsey Allison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher R. Allison; Margaret Leigh Calvert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tobin Rice Calvert, escorted by Daryl Louis Lansdale III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Louis Lansdale Jr.
Madeline Anne Guy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Logan Guy III, escorted by William Forrest Powell, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Cameron Powell; Kaitlyn Nicole Dubrof, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dubrof, escorted by James Chambers Tyng, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tyng; Caroline Swan Kelleher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Kelleher, escorted by David Andrew Edlund, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Errol Edlund; Katherine Chappell Hollingshead, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott William Hollingshead, escorted by Samuel Garrett Wingrove, son of Ms. Shannon Johnson; Peggy Paige Autenrieth Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Alfred Johnson, escorted by McClure Emery Meissner, son of Dr. and Mrs. Kurt Meissner; Georgia Patton Kinsel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Gene Kinsel, escorted by James Parker Winton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huntington Winton III.
Margaret Mary Booke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Booke, escorted by Thomas Austin Hart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maxey Hart III; Abigail Seawillow Kirby, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Dan Robert Kirby, escorted by Joshua Caleb Deen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mario Hernandez; Helena Oseguera, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Oseguera, escorted by her brother, Leo Oseguera; Caroline Elizabeth Finney, daughter of Mr. Robert and Dr. Nancy Finney, escorted by Brandon James Linton Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson; Eliza Marie Rosenbloom, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Steven Rosenbloom, escorted by John Stanton “Jack” Fisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fisher; Lauren Elizabeth Prichard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Prichard, escorted by John William Janes, son of Dr. and Mrs. William W. Janes; Julianna Patricia Bathie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Simon Bathie, escorted by William Edward Krenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Krenger.
Micaela Alexandra Hogan, daughter of Mr. Michael Alan and Dr. Mary Ann Hogan, escorted by Henry Kostiw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kostiw; Alissa Anne Tolin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Brad Steven Tolin, escorted by James Marshall Warman, son of Ms. Katherine Cleghorn Warman and Dr. Jeffrey Robert Warman; Andrea Michelle Magoon, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Magoon, escorted by Michael Robert Kelleher, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Kelleher; Madeleine Victoria Shetler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. David Shetler II, escorted by Brandt Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Blair Baldwin; Tatiana Pierce Cervera, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo E. Cervera III, escorted by Henry Dial Snow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Corbin L. Snow III; Aubrey Elise Rosenthal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Rosenthal, escorted by Wesley Tyler Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Mason; Georgia Estelle Steves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Steves V, escorted by William Vincent Budenholzer, son of Ms. Mary Elizabeth Budenholzer and Mr. Mike Budenholzer.
Margaret Eleanor Shetler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. David Shetler II, escorted by Luke Rowland, son of Mrs. Amy Pfluger and Mr. Scott Rowland; Mia Margaret Tolin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Brad Steven Tolin, escorted by Matthew Blake Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kevin Butler; Sophia Paulina Cantu, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Willie Cantu, escorted by Marshall Connor Beldon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Beldon; Eden Sarah Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Abrams Miller, escorted by Drew William Benedikt, son of Drs. Richard and Amy Benedikt; and Blake Anne Shetler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Shetler, escorted by Alston McCord Anthis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Anthis. The 2018 ball chairs will be Toni Riester-Wood and Craig Wood.
Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio — And We DID!
San Antonio does it right when it comes to dressing up, and Rodeo is no exception. Cowgirls Live Forever and the Let’s Rodeo Ball are two events with great fashions if you’re into people watching. Rita Stich has chaired the Let’s Rodeo Ball for several years, and she has it down pat. Over 2,200 guests dazzled, danced, dined and drank a few brews to the tunes of Gary Allan, Neal McCoy and Bret Mullins. The RK Group put on a spread like no other – paella with scallops, shrimp and fish; flautas, mac and cheese, beef, creamed corn, green beans, salads, chicken, chips and queso, cookies and their famous bourbon bread pudding. And plenty more.
Randy Carroll from KJ97 opened with the singing of the national anthem. Vice-chair Ward Richter once again was on hand to assist Rita with all the details, ensuring a successful gala. The executive committee consists of CEO Keith Martin, board chair Joe Soules, president Cody Davenport and vice-presidents Fully Clingman, Mark Colaw, Rusty Collier, Jr., Pat Frost, Tina Altgelt Haynes, Joe Hutchison, Nancy Loeffler, Clint Swindall, Ronnie Urbanczyk, and Randy Vaclavik. Others seen rodeoing – T-bone and Jana Bounds, Maria Antoinette Joeris and husband, Gary, Sharron Petty Arnold, Margot Donohue and David and Betty Rost, CFO at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
And a few weeks later, the Cowgirls Live Forever Luncheon and Style Show honored Carla Northington. Past honorees and honorary chairs include Julianna Holt, Carolyn Johnson, Karen Hixon, Nancy Loeffler, Herb Kelleher, Olive Anne Kleberg, Helen Kleberg Groves, the late Gov. Dolph Briscoe and Janey Briscoe Marmion, the late Dela W. White, Charline McCombs, Roxie Hayne, Joan Kelleher and Jimmie Ruth Evans. Other celebrants in their finest Western glitz included Sharron Petty Arnold, Margye Northington, Kim Johnson, Anne Ownby, Helen Groves, Jody Lutz, Shari Manning, Kathy Tarbox, Heather Haynes, Kerri Hoermann and Tawana Timberlake.
Champagne and Chandeliers
Sarah Owens, Kerri Hoermann and Lisa Johnson were tri-chairs for the Delta Delta Delta Spring Luncheon held at San Antonio Country Club last month. The second annual luncheon featured guest speaker and fashion/pop culture writer Michael Quintanilla. His presentation, Looking Back to Go Forward, showcased fashions from the 1900s to the present and covered disruptive dressing, bell-bottoms, stripes, ruffles, designers, trends, color, shoes, hair, hats and everything in between! Music accompanied his presentation. The event once again supported the Ronald McDonald House’s capital campaign to construct a fourth home in the medical center.
Attending were Delta Delta Delta president Leslie Edwards, Ann Himoff, Kim Wheeless, Lisa Wolff, Wanda Young, Carol Bray, Karen Parks, Allison Sedlak, Suzanne Goudge, Scarlette West, Lisa Thurmond, Gregory Walton, Delaina Harrison, Amy Hayes, Susan Janes, Julie Patterson, Allison Burkey, Roberta Cox, Pat Johnson, Brooke Meabon, Almeda Hodge, Sara Brouillard, Sara Sharpe, Laura Brusenhan, Bekki Kowalski, Kelly Lemke, Ferne Burney, Claire Rouse, Elizabeth West, Caroline Walker, Cynthia McMurray, Katy Corrigan, Josie Flesher, Mary Beth Mossbaker, Judy Kruger, Alta Compton and Teri Wenglein.
Friends of Ronald McDonald House founder/advisor Kay Bashara and RMH capital campaign coordinator Leslie Foley also enjoyed a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, mini-Clinique makeup counter, Champagne and hand-painted champagne bottles that were snatched up quickly. Artists donating their time and talent to designing the bottles included Kaye Lenox, Roxana Newsom, Laura Gruy, Cary Gates, Claire Casseb, Lacey Thurmond, Ellen Wise, Aliza Holzman Cantu, Lucy Peveto, Susan Biegler, Sarah Hornberger Palmer, Annlynn Osborne, Tracy Williams and Garrett Mormando, who recently finished painting murals at Chris Hill’s restaurant, El Mirador.
By Leslie Foley