Friday, October 7, 2016

Razzle Dazzle luncheon chairs Hallie Vanderhider and Kristina Somerville were uncharacteristically secretive about the Memorial Hermann Foundation fundraiser's two live auction items.
Vanderhider modeled earrings designed by her guest, celebrity jeweler Robert Procop, throughout the champagne reception and soiree. Reportedly, the pair met only a few months ago. During that brief period, Procop agreed to donate two pairs of earrings for Wednesday's soiree benefiting the Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Care Center. One of those sets comes directly from the personal vault of a very well-known breast cancer survivor: Angelina Jolie.
"Angelina, my client, has that unfortunate (BRCA1) gene," Procop said onstage of the Oscar winner and humanitarian's much-publicized preventive double mastectomy. He and Jolie have collaborated together on several jewelry collections and subsequently donated the proceeds to all-girl schools in conflict zones. "When we ask those little girls what they want to be when they grow up, they all say doctors."
A tense round of bidding ensued over the 37.38-carat tourmalated quartz square bezel set in 18-carat rose gold earrings though Susan Sarofim emerged victorious for a cool $25,000. Vanderhider's dream of owning some Procop bling came true after she snagged the other pair of moonstone, diamond, and sapphire baubles for $12,000.
The luncheon, which raised $300,000 before some 560 attendees arrived at the Westin Memorial City, garnered a record-breaking $400,000 by afternoon's end.
Expectant mother and mistress of ceremonies Chita Craft reminded the audience that the soiree has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception in 2010.
"We chose the theme '3D Pink' to highlight the technology," Somerville explained. Her mother, also in attendance, recently battled breast cancer.

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