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Glam for GAN Gala

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Go Glam for GAN co-chairs

Go Glam for GAN co-chairs all glammed out. (From left) Jada Hallmark, Mindy Vondenstein, Lagenia Clark, Jessy Morgenroth and Rebekah El-Hakam. All have kids at Horn Elementary. (Photo: Kraitman Photography) 

Last Saturday, about 150 people gathered to “go glam” for GAN (Giant Axonal Neuropathy). The gala, which took place at the 2727 Kirby high-rise apartments, was a huge success with over $100,000 raised for a cure for this fatal disease. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and libations while taking in views of the Houston night sky. Proceeds went to Hannah’s Hope Fund.

Lisa O’Connor, Lagenia Clark and Elaine Day

St. Agnes Academy juniors Meaghan O'Connor and Ally Day, owners of M & A Stones, donated 50 custom bracelets for the Heads or Tails Game. Their creations helped raise $2500 toward a cure for GAN. Although the young entrepreneurs were not in attendance at the gala, their mothers represented them well. (From left) Lisa O’Connor, Lagenia Clark and Elaine Day. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Highlights of the evening included a lively, live auction and a “Heads or Tails” game, where the winner took home an iWatch. Silent auction winners bid on items ranging from tickets and signed sports memorabilia from the Texans to entries into local triathlons and several kids camps. 

Bellaire residents Justin Clark, age 14, and Lexi Clark, age 10, both have GAN; only 60-70 kids in the world have this rare, genetic condition. Over the last two years, the Clark family has been working to raise money for a clinical trial to cure GAN. Read this story from last year on the Clark family and learn more here

  • Honorary co-chairs

    Honorary Glam for GAN co-chairs. (From left) Dr. Teddy Voloyiannis, Graciela Ruiz Munoz and Ivan Del-Puerto-Voloyiannis. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Heads or Tails game

    Heads or Tails was a hit - the winner, Starlee Sykes, went home with an iWatch! (From left) Starlee Sykes, Laura Sloan and Shannon Hoffer. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples

    Members of the Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples gathered for the GAN gala. (Top row, from left) Lagenia Clark, Rachel Clarke, Jane Shoppell, Dawn Ledgerwood, Amanda Sorena, Karen Barnett. (Bottom row, from left) Candy Lillibridge, Tiffany Morissette, Leslie Wubbenhorst and Lorelei Rao. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Karen and Charles Barnett

    Karen and Charles Barnett. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Heather Dwyer, Ken Johnson, Melissa Johnson

    Guest speaker Heather Dwyer with Memorial residents Ken and Melissa Johnson. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Roland and Karen Garcia

    Roland and Karen Garcia. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Heather Womble, Trey Rentz

    Heather Womble and Trey Rentz. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Mona Howard, Lacey Moses, Kim Sisk, Kris Peters, Nina Hoffmann

    Mona Howard, Lacey Moses, Kim Sisk, Kris Peters and Nina Hoffmann. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

  • Honorary co-chairs
  • Heads or Tails game
  • Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples
  • Karen and Charles Barnett
  • Heather Dwyer, Ken Johnson, Melissa Johnson
  • Roland and Karen Garcia
  • Heather Womble, Trey Rentz
  • Mona Howard, Lacey Moses, Kim Sisk, Kris Peters, Nina Hoffmann

More photos

Honorary co-chairs

Honorary Glam for GAN co-chairs. (From left) Dr. Teddy Voloyiannis, Graciela Ruiz Munoz and Ivan Del-Puerto-Voloyiannis. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Heads or Tails game

Heads or Tails was a hit - the winner, Starlee Sykes, went home with an iWatch! (From left) Starlee Sykes, Laura Sloan and Shannon Hoffer. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples

Members of the Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples gathered for the GAN gala. (Top row, from left) Lagenia Clark, Rachel Clarke, Jane Shoppell, Dawn Ledgerwood, Amanda Sorena, Karen Barnett. (Bottom row, from left) Candy Lillibridge, Tiffany Morissette, Leslie Wubbenhorst and Lorelei Rao. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Karen and Charles Barnett

Karen and Charles Barnett. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Heather Dwyer, Ken Johnson, Melissa Johnson

Guest speaker Heather Dwyer with Memorial residents Ken and Melissa Johnson. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Roland and Karen Garcia

Roland and Karen Garcia. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Heather Womble, Trey Rentz

Heather Womble and Trey Rentz. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

Mona Howard, Lacey Moses, Kim Sisk, Kris Peters, Nina Hoffmann

Mona Howard, Lacey Moses, Kim Sisk, Kris Peters and Nina Hoffmann. (Photo: Kraitman Photography)

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