FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – “Reading between the Wines,” co-chaired by Heather Reichert and Brenda Bowman, was held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Safari Texas Ranch. At this second annual event, Mistress of Ceremonies Lily Jang hosted a night filled with amazing food, a brilliant New York Times best-selling author and fabulous wine provided by Allison Wen and Safari Texas Ranch. Commissioner James Patterson entertained guests as the evening’s auctioneer and helped the event raise over $108,000. Our high rollers of the night were Paul & Gena Horak.
Blue Willow Books was on location with all of featured author’s books and enjoyed a brisk business as guests purchased books from the featured authors. Guests were able to mix and mingle with these wonderful authors before and after hearing them speak. The attendees were quite moved listening to Paulette Jiles and Julia Heaberlin tell their stories. Kathy Duval, Betty Verdino and Nathan Barber were wonderful additions to this year’s author roster and added a nice local touch to the evening.
This unique event showcased some of the area’s best restaurants, including Currant Kitchen, Ol’ Railroad Cafe, Udipi Cafe, Italian Maid Café, Ben E. Keith, Red Oak Grill, The Swinging Door, Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen, Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, and Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse.
The event was presented by Classic Chevrolet and Safari Texas Ranch. Other generous sponsors were absolutely! Focus Magazines, Pamela Printing, Michael Schiff & Sharon Hymes, Pamela M. Logsdon, Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Alan & Karen Harding, Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.- Jim Rice & Kevin Gardner, Carl & Mary Favre, St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, Paul & Gena Horak, Steve & Terri Smith, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Nalco Champion, Texas State Technical College, Municipal District Services, Angelo & Betty Verdino, Riverstone Development, Mitchell & Duff, LLC, Leonard & Arlene Rolsen, Haven Photography & Design, Bill & Michelle Hickl/ UHY Advisors, Ike & Zeenat Mitha, Rosemary Jones, Dr. Subodh & Sonal Bhuchar, Amegy Bank, Angela M. Pfeiffer Ph. D, Clinical Psychologist, Iberia Bank, Mitchell & Duff LLC, Jason and Traci Lockwood, County Judge Bob Hebert, Ray & Janet Meyer, Sanderson, Knox & Co., LLP, Steve & Kelli Metzenthin, Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C., Scott & Jodi Vogan and IBC Bank.
Many members of the Fort Bend Junior Service League & Fort Bend Teen Service League volunteered before and during this event. As with any event, none of it would have been possible without the hard work and time donated by our many volunteers & event committee members, so to all of the generous people that helped make this wonderful night happen, thank you!