In the Loop

by | July 10, 2017 | Society

MozartFestival Texas
The Broadway Residences hosted Mozart Festival Texas, a San Antonio-based professional orchestral organization, and AnArte Gallery for contemporary art, in a collaborative event on April 18. Guests mixed and mingled with residents while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from five of San Antonio’s most distinguished restaurants: Alberico’s, Bite, Braza Brava, Cafe Dijon and Frederick’s. Classical music was performed by the Mozart Festival’s professional string quartet while guests viewed contemporary art on display from AnArte Gallery, owned and operated by Ana Montoya. Proceeds from the event benefited Mozart Festival Texas, coming to the University of the Incarnate Word this summer. Spotted in the crowd were Orquidea Blain, Craig Pietreamale, Hunter Henke, Epitacio R. Resendez, Dawn Hamilton, Michele Krier, Dr. Kent Hamilton, Susie Torre, Ana Montoya, Cristal Galvan, Dawn Johnson and Terrance Frazier.

Miracle League’s 10th Annual All-Star Evening
The Miracle League of San Antonio is an organized baseball league that allows children with disabilities to play on a field made just for them, the first of its kind in our community. Each game is played at The Mays Family Field of Dreams, a custom-designed field of cushioned synthetic turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices, while helping to prevent injuries. The league is for children of all ages, and each Miracle League baseball player is assigned a “buddy” who assists them with hitting the ball and rounding the bases. Buddies are fellow schoolmates, parents, siblings, college students and business leaders — anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball.

At the Miracle League’s All-Star Evening in mid-April, Sam and Gayle Youngblood, Rollins and Heather Rubsamen, Carter and Julie Speer, Doré Koontz, John and Amy Hayes and Brent and Kelly McManus placed bids at the auction tables. Following cocktails, the evening began with all guests standing to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” During the seated dinner catered by Absolutely Delicious Catering, Yvette Miller and two-time World Boxing Champion Jesse James Leija, along with emcee Don Harris, sports anchor and sports director for News 4 San Antonio, honored founder and president Michael Miller during the Miracle League Family Testimonial.

The sold-out event featured a baseball at each place setting along with a Fiesta medal that was snatched up quickly. Maitlyn Youngblood, Robert and Carroll Dorsey Walker and Bobby and Jill Rosenthal enjoyed the private and intimate concert with the one and only Ronnie Milsap. Eduardo and Gabriela Berain, Jeff and Karen Shaffer and optometrists Raul and Cynthia Trevino two-stepped across the dance floor at the Pearl Stable.

Le Brunch des Chapeaux

The 14th annual Le Brunch des Chapeaux was once again held at the beautiful Argyle with a showing of spring fashions from Julian Gold. This year’s theme, A Day at the Races, benefited the Autism Community Network. Chairs Kati Smith, Shalimar Wallis and Edie Wright, along with decorations chair Laurie Barnes, brought the theme to life, and, of course, fancy hats took center stage! Cowboy hats, floppy sun hats, feathers and big bows were all there, along with matching boots and stilettoes. Fashionistas prepare for this colorful, over-the-top brunch.

Among those who posed for pictures and spotted the live horses were Kim Azar, Kay Maynard, Ellen McDonough, Carrie Worthen, Tracee Feik, Raven Labatt, Denise Mosser, Sally Sullivan, Wendy Hammond, Sheila Mayfield, Mary Beth Mosbacker, Holly Bessing, Sarah Caruth, Dominique Balldin and Cynthia Kerby. Enjoying the fashions were Linda Leavitt, Carol Ocker and Anne Krause.

Fiesta German

Two nights after the Town Club Fiesta Party, the San Antonio German Club hosted Fiesta German at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Guests checked in and were handed a medal as they made their way into the courtyard. First stop was for selfies at the backdrop made of colorful tissue paper flowers – a perfect Fiesta backdrop! Mexican munchies and margaritas were served as guests, debutantes and Fiesta royalty dined and partied into the wee hours. Celebrating and enjoying the festivities were German Club president Jamie and Callie Musselman; Jay and Katherine Buzzini; Steven and Cyndee Dubinski, deb parents a few years back; Stuart and Sharon Seal, parents of two deb daughters over the years; Joe and Joci Straus; Chris and Susan Heinemeyer, parents of deb Alli; Karla and Robert Keahey, parents of deb Kathleen; and Dr. Mark and Carolyn Thornton, parents of deb Claudia.

Also in attendance were San Antonio Public Library Foundation president Tracey Bennett, Stephen and Linda Blount, Jimmy and Suzanne Goudge, Matt and Kelly Strange, Dr. Charles and Sudie Holshouser, George and Abigail Kampmann, Faith and Blake Stouffer, George and Diane Shaw, Matthew and Brooke Bell, Angela Zarnoti, Dr. Gale Gregory-Laine, and Sam and Gayle Youngblood.

Two televisions were set up for Spurs fans, and there were several! It was a close game, but the Spurs won to advance in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. Camilla Bright Brusenhan, Queen of the Court of the Argentine Republic, led the audience in cheers as she imitated Coyote by jumping space to space as fans shouted S P U R S! Not once but twice, the queen in her crown jumped all around, and guests went wild as the Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies once and for all.

Town Club Fiesta Party

On opening night of NIOSA and Spurs game #5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Tobin Center was rockin’ with a huge crowd of 750-plus celebrating the annual party, which was chaired by Matt and Kelly Strange with co-chairs Dan and Leslie Mullins and JJ and Tracee Feik. Mark McGrath “Sugar Ray” performed with Wonder Bread 5 playing for the fourth year in a row.

Partiers included Jeff and Jane Forrester, Freddie and Peggy Cervera, Scott and Lori Koehler, Patrick and Gina Padalecki, Fred and Raven Labatt, James and Erin Von Borg Eaton, Julia Mann, Claudia Nolen, Jim Pendley, Chris and Courtney Schultz, Dave and Carey Hildebrand, Pete and Lauren McLaughlin, Matthew and Brooke Bell, Dr. George and Jill Vassar, Paul and Cynthia Kerby, Blair and Sheryl Stouffer, Fraser and Lisa Graham.

Also enjoying the evening were Triple and Joy Fuhrmann, Steven and Kelly Fry, Steve and Cheryl Aycock, Rick and Diane Littleton, Randy and Gay Rogers, Richard and Patti Thompson, Tommy and Gretchen Spalten, John and Brenda Etlinger, Jim and Lisa Wolff, Michael and Anna-Laura Howell Block, Sheldon and Bunkie Shed, Jay and Katherine Buzzini, Stephen and Linda Blount, Rob and Nancy Finney, and Manuel and Melissa Zuniga.

SA Life Academy
The mission of SA Life Academy is to enrich the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through continuing education focused on intellectual, social, health, creative and community involvement skills and opportunities. The Academy is offering a new day program that will provide exceptional opportunities aimed at helping adults with special needs live full and active lives in a safe environment with the vision that they may live person-centered, meaningful, and purposeful lives in the community.

A new facility will open this month inside St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church at 722 Robinhood Place. An open house was held for showing the new facility and providing an opportunity to meet the teachers and board members before SA Life Academy’s program opened this month. In attendance were Cheryl Greehey, Lisa Piland, Cheryl, Kimberly and John Vollmer, Melinda and Paul Fagan, Tracy Maxwell, Sylvia Honigblum, Anne and Dr. Scott Horn, Steve Marky, Kris Holliday, Mary Ballantyne, Susan McDonald, Lisa Nash, Peter Ellis, Bill Kingman, Ginna and Michael Crocker, Amy White, Shannon Burns, Kris Clark and executive director Cindy Boynton and her husband, Bryan Boynton.

Kudos to Caroline
Caroline Biggs received the National Charity League Senior Service Award and gave an inspirational speech at the NCL Tea. The League (NCL, Inc.) is a nonprofit national organization of mother and daughter members in chapters across the United States. Its mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Through the mother-daughter relationship, National Charity League, Inc. will develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

Core Values
• Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
• Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
• Nurturing through mentorship
• Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
• Providing depth of support in local communities
• Demonstrating integrity and excellence in everything they do

Party Planner

Sara Stumberg Walker, native San Antonian, globe-trotter and resident philanthropist, is excited to announce the launch of her event-planning agency, Sara Walker Private Events. Sara and her team specialize in creating extravagant, innovative and unforgettable events and weddings and providing creative and elegant event design and planning. Sara Walker Private Events is located at 7744 Broadway, Suite 101, and is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. For more information contact, or follow on Instagram at @sarawalkerevents.

Cocktail: The Event 2017
Sip and savor during this fifth annual Cocktail Event showcasing San Antonio’s top 15 bars. Sample, swirl, savor and sip some more! Enjoy small bites to accompany drinks, silent auction, artwork, live ‘90s music and the DoSeum exhibits. Wear your ‘90s finest and support Cocktail: The Event – a portion of the proceeds support the DoSeum. It takes place July 28, 9 p.m., at the DoSeum,

Whale of a Good Time
Giants of the Deep at the Witte Museum explores both the latest research about the marine animals, including their evolution and biology, as well as the important role they have played in human cultures. The exhibition dives into an engaging blend of science, storytelling and innovative interactive exhibits and provides visitors the opportunity to discover more about the world of whales and what lives in the oceans’ depths. Go to or call 210-357-1900 for tickets.

Hanzo, a new bar concept developed by Steve Mahoney, opened its doors in May. Inspired by the idea of an izakaya, a type of informal Japanese gastro pub, Hanzo is a casual neighborhood spot for after-work happy hours, weekend and late night drinks, as well as light bites. The small but exotic food menu, developed by local chef Justin Richardson of Francis Bogside, focuses on Japanese cuisine and includes items such as lotus root chips with wasabi, edamame and avocado puree; hamachi sashimi with ginger soy dressing and scallions; house-made pork dumplings and gyoza sauce, and more. Hanzo is located at 7701 Broadway St., Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info on Hanzo, please visit

Dog Days of Summer Event
On Saturday, July 22, from 10AM – 2PM, Pet Wants at 5005 Broadway will host their first Dog Days of Summer celebration. Pet adoptions, dog therapy clinics, Frisbee dog demonstrations, Service Dog Express information on training service dogs for PTSD veterans, and Doga (doggie yoga) clinics will keep canines and their friends entertained. There will also be dog dining on the patio at Cappy’s and special treats for dogs at Pet Wants to keep your canines cool all summer long. Doga will be lead by a trained instructor, Vanessa Gonzalez. Come by and meet Pet Wants owners, Julia Gonzalez and Oscar Zuleta.

By Leslie Foley

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