11 Finest September Occasions No Savvy Houston Celeb Ought to Miss

Houston, it’s time to dust off your tuxedos and dresses. After a year 2020 with countless virtual offers, personal society and charitable events are back – and not a moment too early for organizations that urgently need support.

This month’s roundup includes big names and groups as well as smaller organizations that make a difference. The Houston Astros (and Lyle Lovett!) Usher in a busy week of consecutive brawls; Tickets are still available.

Our editor’s spotlight focuses on a veteran owned group helping kids with the grandeur of horseback riding.

Visit this group’s official websites for tickets, clothing suggestions and more information.

Houston Astros Diamond Dreams Gala
the 9th of September

This year, the Houston Astros’ annual gala showcased a true Texan legend as a Lyle Lovett and his great band Take the stage at Minute Maid Park. Aside from one concert not to be missed, look for hot auction items like trips to Turks and Caicos Islands, Tulum and more at an Astros home game in the 2022 regular season.

The Home Run Bash will benefit the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization that campaigns against homelessness in the region. Intoxicating, loud and always unforgettable: The Diamond Dreams Gala is unique because it takes place on the pitch in Minute Maid Park and features performances by current Astros players, legends and owners Jim crane and his wife, Whitney.

Tickled pink lunch
September 10
Local power ladies Kelli Cohen Fein, Adele Hartland, Cora Sue Mach, Kristina Somerville, and Elizabeth Stone honored at the American Cancer Society’s first fundraising luncheon. Every year, the lively lunch sees Houston A-listers filling the River Oaks Country Club. Karen deGeurin Remington
Patti Murphy,
and Barbara Van Postman are the event chairs; Leisa Holland-Nelson is the honorary chairman.

Houston PetSet Violent and fabulous evening

Date: September 10th
Tama Lundquist and Tena Lundquist Faust are passionate animal rights activists with a heart for strays. Every year they host the Fierce and Fabulous Soirée as the primary fundraising tool for Houston PetSet, the local nonprofit that fights the worsening animal homelessness crisis in Houston. Brigitte Kalai, a noted philanthropist, will co-chair with the Lundquist sisters. One of the hottest YP events of the year, the soiree sees an electrifying crowd of doers and shakers (Houston Astros Star Lance McCullers Jr. is known for dropping by) who show up to spend money and – as the org’s motto goes – to celebrate for the animals.

Houston Symphony Opening Night with Renée Fleming
Date: September 11
Superstar soprano Renée Fleming will take the stage for the triumphant opening concert and gala of the Houston Symphony. Productive conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in a program of opera arias and songs by composers such as Handel, Corigliano, Leoncavallo and Cilea, as well as musical theater songs and classic Broadway favorites.

The gala and dinner will take place immediately after the concert at The Corinthian Houston, with seated dinner and musical entertainment from Houston’s own Richard Brown Orchestra. Robin Angly and Miles Smith are this year’s event chairs.

Operation Smile Gala
September 18
More than 300 locals are expected at the Royal Sonesta Hotel to celebrate the hundreds of thousands of life changing surgeries Operation Smile has carried out in more than 60 countries.

Every year the non-profit offers cleft surgeries to children in the worst circumstances around the world. Vietnam, Sneha dealers, and Duyen Huynh Nguyen serve as event chairs. This year’s winners are Amy and Dr. Daryl Dichoso, Shawntell and Keith McWilliams, and Shara Kuy and Kent Schaffer.

Lunch on the go
September 24th
This event is part of about 20 On the Move Luncheons in the United States founded by action-minded women who are passionate about raising awareness and empowering people with MS.

Keynote speaker Track Sherer is a Houston attorney and mediator who has been living (and thriving) with MS for more than 20 years, according to biography. Lisa Seemann will act as event manager; Lunch will take place at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

Lunch of the Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resilience

Date: September 24th
This lunch is a big fundraiser for the Women’s Fund Gabriela Gerhart, Founder of the local mothers center, the Motherhood Center. Gerhart, who was portrayed in CultureMap, will present, discuss and later sign her book After the Fall, which focuses on her life in the Czech Republic and later moves to the USA

Expect a lively, patriotic discussion at Tony’s fine-dining restaurant.

Editor’s Spotlight: Uncorked – A Benefit for SoleAna Stables
Date: September 24th
The 20th anniversary of September 11th and the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan have shed light on the causes and problems of the veterans. SoléAna Stables, a non-profit run by veterans (founder’s husband Sasha Camacho is a 29-year Air Force veteran) provides horse-assisted therapeutic riding for those with special needs in the greater Houston area.

“Our dream is to build our own facility to not only serve those on our waiting list, but also to start a military veterans program,” Camacho told CultureMap. With the aim of healing those in need with the power of horseback riding, this event features food, wine, music, and still and live auctions for an elegant and rustic experience at Still Waters Ranch in Alvin.

A proven track record, the organization notes that numerous children are on a waiting list for SoleAna’s services, which means the organization is relying on the chic Uncorked event to complete its mission with serious horsepower.

CanCare’s Survivorship Luncheon
30. September
CanCare is hosting an inspirational event to celebrate cancer survivors and their carers, and to remember those who faced bravely but lost their battle with cancer. Shawntell McWilliams is the featured speaker, donna and Norman Lewis from Tootsies are lunch chairs. The winners include Shelaghmichael Brown and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

2021 Fulfillment of the Family Dinner
30. September
Favorite TV meteorologist Frank Billingsley will host this annual lunch that supports Arms Wide Adoption Services’ mission to transform the lives of foster children in need of safe and nurturing permanent families.

April Dinwoodie, a nationally recognized voice on adoption, care, and multicultural / multicultural families, will be the keynote speaker at the event at the Westin Houston Memorial City. Jill George Bomar and Alison Powell are co-chairs.

Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner
30. September
As the name suggests, this elegant dinner on stage toasted the previous opening night of the Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance.

Celebrating and fostering the Houston Ballet and an energetic return to live performance, this event features a stage dinner courtesy of Jackson and Company on the Brown Stage at the Wortham Theater Center. Dinner is led by Jamie and Mark Loveland.

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