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Cruise Party at The Houston Design Center Draws Record Design Crowd

The Houston Design Center and co-presenter Houston Design Resources Magazine held the 10th Annual Cruise Party and Open House on Thursday, June 11.  More than $4,800 was raised to benefit the ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Student Scholarship Fund.

Nearly 450 invited guests attended the Cruise Party and enjoyed Caribbean drinks by Brugal Rum, award-winning wines of ZONIN, cool cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka and island fantasy décor from For All Occasions.  Entertainment was provided by Mark Towns.

Twenty-five participating showrooms entertained guests with their unique ports of call including Barcelona (Alkusari Stone), Bombay (LGI Oriental Rugs), Cabo San Lucas (Leisure Collections), Cancun (ASID/TGCC), Cannes (You Squared Media), Hamburg (Kitchen & Bath Concepts), Hong Kong (Manchester Carpet), Honolulu (Dream Theaters), Houston (Thorntree Slate & Marble), Istanbul (Pride of Persia Rug Company), Key West (Post Modern Traditions), Marseilles (Charlotte Nail Antiques), Milan (Mirabella Doors),  Monaco (Teri Pugh Studio), New York (Shezan Oriental Rugs), Nice (Bunch & Shoemaker), Puerto Vallarta (Fixtures & Fittings, Inc.), Rome (Renaissance Windows & Doors), Savannah (Osborne Cabinets and Millwork), Sint Maarten (Ken Kehoe & Co.), Stockholm (Gray Contemporary), Toronto (Johnson Simon Resources), Valencia (MCA Systems), Venice (Scalamandré) and Veracruz (Durango Doors).

Ernie Manouse from Houston PBS presided over the awards presentation which included the passport drawing.  Jay Crowe won the Grand Prize – a $1,000 gift certificate for Carnival Cruise for 2 to the Western Caribbean.  Oher prizes included a hand-knotted Oushak Rug from LGI Oriental Rugs,  a Red Vault membership package, LeGrand video intercom system, a $500 gift certificate at For All Occasions, a night on the town with Audi Central Houston at Anejo Restaurant, a $250 gift certificate from David Brown Flowers, an aquarium from Fish Gallery and Baccarat wine glasses.

Interior designers seen in the crowd: Misty Chambers, Mary Covell, Chas Daniels, Suzanne Dunne, Sarah Brooks Eilers, Dawn Frazier,  Pam Hoffer, Donna Jarnigan, Lynne T. Jones, Janus Lazaris, Amanda Crump Lundquist, Martha Lurie, Linda Mendeloff, Jordan Mullen, Rima Nasr, Marion O’Brien, Pamela O’Brien, Tress Roque, and Laura Rochelle, Marjorie Slovak, Sharon Staley, Sheryl Stringer, Jan Therrien, Ashley Tisius, Kathia De La Torre, Diana Walker, Mary Wilson, Punita Valambhia, Amy Van To, Julie Veselka and Audrey Yust.

Others attending included Terry and Fred Baca, Cindy Carter, Pat Clark, Mathew Collins, Amy Collier, Luis & Pam Cortes, Danka Gakovic, Tom Grace, Rob Hellyer, James Landa, Wayne Lapham, Janie Mason, Michelle Maresh, Amy McAnally, Sydney McKenzie, Karen Minot, Angel Rios, Sheri & Grant Roane, Siri Roark, Shawna Roorda, Christina Rougerie, Vicki Rusca, Lilia Salazar, Greg Schenck, Gail Terrill, Bette and Ralph Thomas, Amanda Whatley, Judy Bonica, and Michael Williams.

Guests bid on unique one-of-a-kind designer furnishings and services at the Silent Auction.  More than $4,800 was raised that goes directly to the local ASID Scholarship Fund benefitting students studying interior design.

Sponsors of the 10th Annual Cruise Party included Houston Design Resources, Audi Central Houston, ZONIN, Brugal Rum, Deep Eddy Vodka, LGI Oriental Rugs, Legrand, Fish Gallery,  For All Occasions, Anejo, David Brown Flowers, The Red Vault and Baccarat.

The 10th Annual Cruise Party was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of The American Society of Interior Designers, the 30th anniversary of The Houston Design Center, and the 20th anniversary of Houston Design Resources magazine.

For more information and to see event photos please visit  https://www.facebook.com/HoustonDesignCenter