By Lori Lemon-Geshay

On Saturday, May 5th, 2012 restaurant owner, Johnny Vasallo, owner of Mo’s …A Place for Steaks and Momentum Volvo hosted the 5th Annual “Run for The Roses” Kentucky Derby Party charity fundraising event honoring Holly Harwood Skolkin and benefitting the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation.

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Hats off to Derby time! Houston’s 5th annual “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby Party as featured on KHOU’s Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan.

Lori Lemon-Geshay with Chris Reichard

Chris Reichard and Lori Lemon-Geshay

The Kentucky Derby themed event, chaired by Chyra Blackaller and Lori Lemon-Geshay was the most well-attended event to date for Mo’s, with such noteworthy sponsors as Momentum Volvo, Lexis Florist and Festari for Men.  A wonderful success, the fundraiser raised nearly $30,000 gross profits with less than 10% going towards operating expenses, the silent auction alone raised $8,200, and betting on the races raised $3,000 for the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation for cancer survivors.

Mint julep’s, derby-tini’s (pink martinis), Mo’s quesidillas, Carolyn Farb guacamole with wonton chips, and assorted sushi was enjoyed by the crowd of over 350 guests.  Gentlemen dressed up in their seersucker & linen while Ladies expressed their inner Southern Belle and wore the grandest chic “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby hats to compete in the highly anticipated hat contest.  Hats were also offered for sale by Nyanza Moore Custom Chapeaus at the event, with 45% of her sales being donated to the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation.

Rachelle Willis, Jeff Ball - Photo by Herb Hochman

Rachelle Willis, Jeff Ball – Photo by Herb Hochman

The afternoon event was destined to be the most fashionable, for both men and women.  The “Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports” event also featured betting, a hat contest, and a silent auction of items ranging from diamond rings, sports memorabilia, clothing, spa services, weekend getaways and so much more! -HTexas Magazine

Via CultureMap: Wining best hat designs were artist Azar Taleghany and Heather Hunt. Taking honors as “cutest couple” were Channel 2 KPRC’s Courtney Zavala and husband Orlando. Representing Channel 11 KHOU was reporter Courtney Zubowski who along with producer Amy Ditta were finalists in the best hat competition. There were even prizes for best dressed gents — those honors went to Jeff Ball and Boston Ben Harwood Rose, who happened to be head-to-toe in Festari For Men.

Making the party happen — underwriter Momentum Volvo  represented by Diane Caplan, who filled the parking with hot cars; Miriam Habib of Lexis Florist, who provided oodles of red roses; and Mo’s host Johnny Vassallo.

Sarah Lampe and Mark Levin, Committee Members

Sarah Lampe and Mark Levin, Committee Members

Making the scene were Dr. Mark Skolkin, Reality TV Star Erica Rose (of the Bachelor & Bachelor Pad), Carolyn Farb, Charles Ward, Julie Beeson, Michael Caplan, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Cynthia Sinatra, Courtney Zavala, Sharon Brier, Carra Fleming, Becky Allen, Nancy Marcus Golden, Beth Muecke, Sharon Albert Brier, Wendee Hoffman, Amber Akers, Lane and Joseph Mustachia, Renee Dillenseger, Nadia Lauterbach, Angelica and Edward Chapman and Kristine Garbo.

 

Ben Harwood Rose, Emory Skolkin, Dr. Mark Skolkin

Emory Skolkin, Ben Harwood Rose, and Dr. Mark Skolkin. Photo by Wendee Hoffman

 

Rudy and Debbie Festari

Rudy and Debbie Festari. Photo by Wendee Hoffman

 

 Cynthia Sinatra Photo by Herb Hochman


Cynthia Sinatra Photo by Herb Hochman

 Dr. Franklin Rose, Carolyn Farb, Charles Ward Photo by Herb Hochman


Dr. Franklin Rose, Carolyn Farb, Charles Ward Photo by Herb Hochman

Courtney Zavala

Courtney Zavala

Since its inception in Houston, Texas, in 2005, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, in collaboration with Silhouette Artist Cindi Rose, Celebrity Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose and Tony Rotondo, CEO of the First Street Surgical Center, has helped breast cancer survivors, including women, men and children receive free reconstructive surgery. Its mission is to improve the emotional health of those with critical illness by providing free reconstruction, to both uninsured and under-insured individuals, of all ages and both sexes. Yearly, twelve to fifteen people receive free breast reconstruction from the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. All the money donated goes directly to the patients, including their total hospital cost, all nurses, medicines and other doctors. Recently, the foundation has included non- human hair wigs, comfortable robes, pillows, permanent eyebrows and psychological support to those with critical sickness.

In March of 2012, the Rose Ribbon Foundation changed its name to the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation in honor of Cindi Rose‘s sister, Holly Harwood Skolkin, who had stage 4 cancer. Holly left this world, peacefully and with courage in February of this year.

Erica Rose. Photo by Herb Hochman

Erica Rose. Photo by Herb Hochman

2012 “Run for the Roses” Committee

Event Chairs: Chyra Blackaller & Lori Lemon-Geshay

Silent Auction Chair: Sarah Lampe

Ticket Sales Chair: Carra Fleming

Betting Chair: Chris Reichard

Announcer: Nicole Brende

Hat Contest Chair: Hannah Thibodeaux

Photo | Video Chair: Mark Levin

Host Committee:

Heather Baker & David Montgomery
Nancy & Richard Golden
Ronna Lynn & Mike Farrell
Jillian Rotter & Andrew Seerdeen
Cindi & Franklin Rose
April & Tony Zubizarreta
Laura Cernock
Lance Heacock
Seth Hopkins
Beth Newhouse
Erica Rose
Ben Rose
Tiffany Torregrossa

Special Thanks:

Heather Bergeron
Nicole Bogart
Susan Bynam
Diane Caplan
Debbie & Rudy Festari
Ryan Hernandez
Wendee Hoffman
Roger Kemper
Kiersten Koenig
Jaime Lagdameo
Omar Mejia
Jennifer Roosth
Emily Seligmann
Laura Woods

Special Thanks to Our Underwriter: Mo’s…A Place for Steaks

Special Thanks to Our Trophy Sponsor: Momentum Volvo

Special Thanks to Our Floral Sponsor: Lexis Florist

Special Thanks to Our Printing Sponsor: 2daypostcards.com

Special Thanks to Our Silent Auction Donors:

2 Day Postcards
713 – Tickets
Al Torres Photography
Alley Theatre
Armando’s
Azar Talegheny
Cathleen Cade Designs
Cesar Reyna
Charming Charlie
Coquette Boutique
Eclipse Sunnless Tanning
Edward Sanchez Cosmetics
Festari for Men
Gems by Chao
Gittings
Glam Grab
Guri do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse
Houston Dynamo
Houston Museum of Natural Science
J Hilburn Clothier by Ronna Lynn & Mike Farrell
Kenneth Williams Fitness
King Faist
Krista Frazier
La Mode Lingerie & Swimwear
Latin Bites Cafe
Leopard-Tini Designs
Life + Dog Magazine
Little Napoli
LUCHO
Massage Heights
Men’s Wearhouse
Michael DeMarse
Momentum Volvo
Monitrice Moni’ Malone
Mon Venin
Moody Skincare
Nyanza Moore Custom Chapeaus
Oh My Dog!
One Salon – Michael Soliz
Paul Mitchell
Plus One Pet Precious Moments Video Production
Scentuary Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks
Sculpt – Pilates Studio
Sofia van der Dys
Stella & Dot Jewelery
Strip House – Houston
Susies’s Cakes & Confections
Tiffany Torregrossa Designs
Today’s Gourmet of Houston
Tonden’s Jewelers
Top Drawer Lingerie
Tupelo Grease
Utopia Med Spa
Waco Jewelers
West Ave – Gables
Wildcat Golf Course
and many more…

For more information, please visit www.hollyroseribbon.org.

The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation
Changing Lives One Surgery at a Time!

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