Phelan Mansion event helps Anayat House

“There’s no place like home” … A fundraiser for the Anayat House proved to be a sensational success under the reins of Robin Gerhardt and her tireless committee, who donned ruby slippers to greet guests arriving in costumes from the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The Phelan Mansion made for a perfect venue for this fantastic event. Mid-Life Crisis with the vocals of Jennifer Parker (fab when she sang Barbara Lynn’s song “You Lose A Good Thing”) was followed by the terrific sounds of Three Car Garage. Gourmet goodies were prepared by Bando’s Catering, and no one seemed to go home hungry. Participating in the live auction under the direction of Mistress of Ceremonies Nicole Murray and auctioneers Chris Pederson and Roger Rashall were the likes of Dawn Robertson and Kevin Stahl, Shelly and Carl Vitanza, Denise and Michael Truncale, Susan Russell, Hubert Oxford III, Lynda and Ken Moncla, Joette and Gary Reger, Herman Gerhardt, Allison and Mike Getz, Sandy and Joseph Fertitta, Maureen Croley and Jef Russell, originator of Anayat House Mimi Daniali, Mary Williams (dressed as Dorothy, who is very familiar with the Phelan Mansion being that it belonged to her grandparents) and Earl Brickhouse (a la the Tin Man), Lindsay and Hubert Oxford IV, Monica and Jimmy Broussard, Judy and James Black, Ivy Pate, Lynn Bencowitz, Susan Oliver, Carey Lombardo and W.L. Pate, Melissa Edwards and too many more to mention. A great party for a wonderful reason!

Piney Woods royalty … Three lovely young ladies were just that this past weekend in picturesque Woodville. Every year, 24 young ladies are invited to participate as visiting duchesses in the annual Dogwood Festival. Our lucky three this year were Mary Catherine Clark, daughter of Scootie and Joe Clark;Sarah Glyn Bean, daughter of Tracy and George Bean; and Kendal Rising, daughter of Kala and Kelly Rising. The entire weekend was filled with lovely dinners, a museum tour, three teen dances, a parade and a huge coronation including a fantastic fireworks display as the grand finale. Congrats to our royal groups for representing Beaumont and making us proud!

Globetrotters … Universal Travel has been taking care of adventure seekers for 40 years, and owners Lea and Randy Ney and Kristie and Darrell England hosted a celebration to mark the milestone at Bistro LeMonde last Thursday evening. This premier travel agency was started by Mr. Ney in the White House store at Gateway Shopping Center in 1972 and has grown to include offices in Houston and Arkansas employing 25 travel specialists. Among the loyal clients joining in the festivities were Randy Lombardo, Floyd McSpadden, Sid Cohen, Paige and Morris Windham, Lettie and Warren Goehringer, Allison and Benny Hughes, Keely and Craig Kinsel, Melody and Pat Parsons, Bonnie and Pee Wee Paul, Joy and Will Crenshaw, Susan and Russ Schultz, and Fritz and Lloyd Koehnen.

Candles and cakes … birthday wishes to Crystal Hitchcock, Chrissa Atkins, Rebecca Poppe, Vic Reyna and Jackie Rafes.

Until the next RSVP!