The Big WInter Ball was held this year and it saluted 11 of the city’s leading ladies as ABC/Channel 13 Women of Distinction. The honorees — Diedra Fontaine, Julia Frankel, Anne Graubart, Debra Grierson, Betty Hrncir, Virginia Reisman, Carol Sharpe, Alicia Smith, Susana Brener de Stern, Sylvia Sullivan and Cora Sue Mach, who was recognized with the highest honor as Women of Distinction Ambassador. Elizabeth Desart was honored as Youth Ambassador.
Among the 500 guests were Women of Distinction alumnae, including Judi Holmes, Lilly Andress, Sydney Faust, Ann Bookout, Phyllis Williams, Joanne Crassas, Connie Cooke, Yvonne Cormier and Nancy Gordon.
Serving as honorary chairs for the gala were Don and Barbara Jordan, a past Women of Distinction honoree. Channel 13 GM Henry Florsheim and wife Doe kept a close watch on the festivities, which were emceed by KTRK anchors Tom Koch and Ilona Carson.
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