LOCAL Houston | The City Guide June 2017 - Page 73

FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE SCENE EVENT: THE MENNINGER 2017 ANNUAL SIGNATURE LUNCHEON WHERE: THE WESTIN GALLERIA HOTEL The Westin Galleria Hotel hosted The Menninger 2017 Annual Signature Luncheon Thursday, May 4. With above-and-beyond loyalty and support from guests, the event raised $575,000 to benefit mental health treat- ment, research and training at The Menninger Clinic. The Menninger is a nationally ranked mental healthcare system offering inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment. Former patient Simone Hunt shared her story about coming to Menninger as a malnourished, drug addicted and traumatized 20-year-old. She now understands that her purpose in life is to cultivate authentic connections with others. KTRK’s Melanie Lawson interviewed Emmy-award winner and ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas about her struggles with anxiety and addiction as well as her road to recovery. She shared the importance of remembering that addiction is a disease and that the reason only one in 10 people who suffer with addiction get help is because of stigma. To help remove that stigma, Vargas said it’s important for people to talk more openly about mental health. Photography by John R. Lewis + Jenny Antill EVENT: PRESENTATION OF THE VIVIENNE TAM HOUSTON COLLECTION WHERE: BAANOU More than 75 guests attended a private luncheon and fashion presentation by designer Vivienne Tam at Baanou at River Oaks District on Thursday, May 4. The event was hosted by Judy Nyquist, Y. Ping Sun and Claire Cormier Thielke. A portion of proceeds from sales that day benefited Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Tam presented looks from her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which was devoted to the city of Houston per a special brand partnership with Visit Houston. The 45-piece collection featured an eclectic mix of looks, from “Eastern cowboy” to Mexican flower dresses and NASA-influenced metallic jackets. Even logos from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Pondicheri and Rice University’s owl mascot were incorporated. Local designer Chloe Dao from “Project Runway” made an appearance alongside philanthropist Carolyn Farb and “The Voice”’s Tamar Davis. Guests enjoyed grape- fruit mimosas and a sit-down lunch of grilled Norwegian salmon in a beurre blanc sauce with vegetable bouque- tiere and chocolate fondant cake from Toulouse Cafe. Photography by Tara Flannery june 17 | L O C A L 73