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Luxury Design Event Benefited ASID Student Scholarships

April 22, 2013 – Houston TX – The Houston Design Center and co-presenter Houston Design Resources Magazine held the 8th Annual Cruise Party and Open House on Wednesday April 17th. More than $2,600 was raised to benefit the ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Student Scholarship Fund.

Over 550 invited guests enjoyed showroom tours and registered to win prizes including a is a luxurious vacation home in Costa Rica at La Casa Tropical Vacation Home donated by HRG Properties and Rentals.

The Cruise Party featured a lively Passport Game for guests. Thirty-nine showrooms each represented a different Port of Call, complete with sumptuous international fare, winning wines of ZONIN, Caribbean Cocktails by Brugal Rum, and island music by Mark Towns. Guests who had the “passport” stamped at every Port of Call were included in the drawing for the Grand Prize at the end of the evening.

Scene in the crowd: Diane Alexander, ASID; Nancy Baird, ASID; Keith Chunn, Donna and Randy Jarnigan, Lynne T. Jones, ASID; Susan and Wayne Lapham, Andrew Lear, Sheila Lyons, ASID; Maggie Marbry, Michelle Maresh, Amy McAnally, Karen Minott, Michael Pearson, Siri and James Roark, John Platt, Greg Schenk, Sharon Staley, ASID; HDC partners Jim Hardy and Grant Roane; Sharon Stetzel, Debra Sabrsula, President Elect, ASID/TGCC, Mary Wilson, President, ASID/TGCC.

Ernie Manouse from Houston PBS presided over the awards presentation which included the passport drawing. David Shaw won the Grand Prize – a luxurious vacation home in Costa Rica at La Casa Tropical Vacation Home donated by HRG Properties and Rentals, presented by Amy and Jim Hardy from The Houston Design Center.

Other prizes include a “Galveston Getaway” with a weekend VIP use of a Momentum Audi and VIP passes to 13 different attractions on Galveston Island plus a 2-night stay at The Tremont House (won by Stacy Hosrich); a designer ceiling fan from HAIKU presented by Brian Smith, LeGrand speakers presented by Amy Collier, a $500 gift certificate at For All Occasions presented by Tammie Jacob and Pamela O’Brien won an aquarium from Fish Gallery.

Judges voted on Best Ports of Call and those winners included: Best Bite – Street Tacos in Cabo San Lucas by Leisure Collections; Best Signature Drink – Tropical Surprise from the Cayman Islands by Dauphin Sales; Best Décor – Chilling in St. Petersburg by Design House, Inc.; Best Theme – On A Roll in Monaco by Teri Pugh Studio and Best Entertainment – Shaking It Up in Paris by Scene One Interiors.

The People’s Choice for Best Port of Call was awarded to St. Petersburg by Design House, Inc. and Cabo San Lucas by Leisure Collections.

In conjunction with The 8th Annual Cruise Party, Doug Sanders with Momentum Audi presented awards to the Leaders in Design Lucas/Eilers Design Associates, LLP, ASID; Marjorie Slovack, ASID and Jane-Page Crump, ASID.

Sponsors of the 8th annual Cruise Party included HRG Properties and Rentals, Momentum Audi, The Tremont House, Galveston Visitors and Convention Bureau, HAIKU, ZONIN, Brugal Rum, Fish Gallery, For All Occasions and The Art Institute of Houston.

With more than 40 showrooms and design offices featuring over 10,000 manufacturers, the Houston Design Center is the city’s preferred destination for the best in luxury residential and commercial furnishings and products. Nestled in over fifteen acres of green space the HDC provides the design professional and the design inspired refined and unique style that is second to none.

For more information please visit www.thehoustondesigncenter.com.