Texas icons host benefit dinner
The Houston Chronicle
November 14, 2004, Sunday 2 STAR EDITION
NOT your typical dinner partners, the uninhibited Kinky Friedman, Robert
Del Grande, Clyde Drexler and Jaclyn Smith stepped out as Texas "icons" at Hotel
Icon Tuesday night to wine, dine and entertain on behalf of the Neuhaus
Both Monday and Tuesday, more than 100 guests with an appetite for
scintillating conversation and yummy fare plunked down a minimum $ 200 each
for dinner with a supreme personality.
Hot rods in business, politics, medicine, etc. served as hosts at tables
of 10. Everyones Internet Chairman Roy Marsh and developer Dick Weekley were
among the table talk leaders.
Penny Butler chaired and her son Bo Butler co-chaired the fund-raiser
that doubled as a kickoff for the center's 25th anniversary. With $ 100,000 in
hand by Tuesday night's end, it was a decidedly good start.
Guests, who supped on the five-course meal, included Susan and Le noir
Josey, Vance Muse, Laura and William Kelsey, Sissy and Denny Kempner, and Elizabeth
and Peter Wareing.
One swingin' doctor
Dr. Kevin Smith, facial plastic surgeon, has ditched the surgery scrubs
this week in favor of golf clothes. The good doctor left Thursday for
Sydney, Australia, where he is one of three U.S. golfers competing in the BMW Golf
Cup International World Final. Thirty-eight countries are represented in the
tournament that begins Tuesday and concludes Friday.
With a handicap of nine, Smith bested golfers competing in the Houston
BMW Golf Invitational at Champions Golf Club in September, thus earning his trip
to Sydney, compliments of the German automaker.
He'll be competing on the links at the New South Wales Golf Club at Cape
That's former Houston Rocket Robert R eid, one of our favorite charity
auctioneers, and his wife, Diana Linn, e-mailing from Debrecen, Hungary. The
couple took up residence in Hungary's second largest city, population
200,000, in August, after he signed a four-year contract to coach basketball there.
Reid is coaching the local university team and a pro team, the Debreceni
Vadkakasok, which is undefeated in regular play. While Reid is doing double
coaching duty in the gym, Linn has landed a job as vice president-director
of business operations for Mediaware Corp., a U.S. software company.
Don't kiss the couple goodbye. They've kept their home here. And Reid
e-mails that they are sorely missing dressing up, chowing down on Mexican food and
dancing and dining at Resa's Prime Steakhouse.
Big Apple anny
Dr. Jeffrey Ross, sports medicine podiatrist, and his writer wife,
Jennifer, made it a triple-header in New York last weekend.
It was their ninth wedding anniversary, his fourth time to run in the New
York City marathon (his 22nd marathon in all), and a one-time lecture stint
at a sports medicine conference.
The night before the marathon, the Rosses celebrated their anniversary at
an Upper West Side Japanese restaurant, located beneath the apartment where he
lived when a podiatry student.
It was "a romantic evening of nostalgia," he e-mailed.
A platinum evening
The crowd was luxe, the watches playful and the food divine at Zadok
Jewelers Tuesday night when Baume & Mercier teamed up with Gourmet magazine
to celebrate the 10th anny of the Hampton watch collection.
Anne Carl, Diana Woodman, Kim Bartee and Alicia Smith were among
customers gleefully modeling the jazzed timepieces. Particularly popular - the diamond
watches with fluffy white mink bands. Price tag: around $ 4,500.
Gourmet tapped Ibiza chef/owner Charles Clark to prepare taste sensations
that included Kobe beef hors d'oeuvres and striped bass topped with Osetra
Welcoming guests were Zadok owners Helene and Dror Zadok . In the crowd -
Nicole and Jim Perdue, Rhea Wheeler, Jackie Nguyen, Dr. Thuan Nguyen, and
Gourmet's wine and spirits consultant Michael Green.
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