This Week in Houston’s Buzz: The Fort Bend County (TX) Chapter of The Links Incorporated Presents The Art of a Grande Tea and More!

The Fort Bend County (TX) Chapter of The Links Incorporated Presents The Art of a Grande Tea

              Carlotta Brown, Elaine Mosely and Vera Bumpers-Pentecost

The Fort Bend County (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presented The Art of a Grande Tea held on October 21, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the Galleria Area of Houston. Fort Bend Texas Chapter President Dr. Nicole McZeal Walters, Tea Chair Deborah C. Hutchison, and Tea Co-Chairs Dr. Kidada Gilbert-Lewis and Dr. LeCresha Peters all greeted guests with warm smiles and thanked everyone for their continuous support. Program included: President’s Welcome, Purpose & Programs, Powerful Blessing, Lunch, Celebration of the Arts (Music & Dance), Celebration of Art in the Community, a superb fashion show experience, and Opera.

Orchestra Sponsors: Friends of Shawntell McWilliams, Gulfgate – Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram Dealership and The Fort Bend Church

Grande Tier Sponsors: INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA and BMAT Construction LLC

Balcony Sponsors: Friends of Mr. Jarvis and Mrs. Andrea Hollingsworth and Family, Zaxby’s and H.E.B.

Friends of The Links: Friends of Letitia L. Plummer, Quail Valley Pharmacy, and Men’s Warehouse

In-Kind Donors: included Kendra Scott, Saks Fifth Avenue, I.W. Mark’s Jewelers and Carrabba’s Family Restaurant

Acknowledgements: included Houston Grand Opera, NU Image Models, Bryce Hairston Kennard, Michelle Kennedy – AskChel Event Planner and Royal Sonesta Hotels

2018 Chapter Members of the Fort Bend Chapter include: Stacey Frank, Myrtle Jones and Shawntell McWilliams

                           Fran Mayes-Simpson and Antoinette Sheppard

                           Lorna Hankins and Roxann Thomas Chargois


Vanessa Williams Sings & Celebrates Theatre Under The Stars’ 50th Anniversary Education Celebration

   Tricia and Alan Ratliff, Vanessa Williams, and Ann and Jonathan Ayres

Nearly 250 guests were treated to intimate performances from the TUTS Inclusive Performance Troupe and talented superstar Vanessa Williams on the stage at Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Multi-platinum recording artist and the star of the television, film, and the Broadway stage, Vanessa Williams performed some of her greatest hits in a one-night-only intimate experience at the Theatre Under The Stars 50th Anniversary Education Celebration.

This annual event benefits TUTS educational outreach, including The River Performing and Visual Arts Center, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and other community engagement programs. Willliams brought down the house singing some of her chart topping tunes including “Save the Best for Last.” The evening raised more than $225,000 for TUTS education programs and scholarships, as well as the new Margaret Alkek Williams Center for the Arts and Education. Theatre Under The Stars “TUTS” was founded by Frank M. Young in 1968 and is Houston’s leading musical theatre company for performance, arts education and professional theatrical training; ranging from the classics to new work development. For more information please visit

                                                             Vanessa Williams