‘Best Dressed raffle is open; $860K raised for March of Dimes

The countdown is officially on. On Sept. 20, the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation celebrates 40 years of supporting the lives of healthy mothers and babies through the March of Dimes. This year’s event chair Hallie Vanderhider and 10 honorees have already raised more than $860,000, with help from presenting sponsor Memorial Hermann Foundation.

Next month Kristy Bradshaw, Gayla Gardner, Vicki West, Sippi Khurana, Brigitte Kalai, Lauren Randle, Kelley Lubanko, Elia Gabbanelli, Michele Leal Farah and Crystal Wright will share the runway at the Post Oak Hotel with designer Naeem Khan. 

Another draw on the big day is the Best Dressed raffle. 

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On Wednesday, March of Dimes and raffle committee chairs Jennifer Allison, Julie Longoria Chen and Michele Marandi hosted a happy hour at Sixty Vines in Rice Village to unveil the 2022 prizes. They didn’t disappoint.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • A year of valet parking at Neiman Marcus
  • Use of private vacation residences in Nice, France; Crested Butte, Colo.; and the Hamptons
  • Tickets to see Lizzo perform in 2023
  • A suite at Toyota Center for a Rockets home game
  • An overnight stay at the Post Oak Hotel
  • Four tickets to the Insperity Club at Minute Maid Park for an Astros game
  • A table for 10 at the 2023 Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon.

Participants don’t have to be present to win. 

Over the past 40 years, the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon has raised approximately $15 million for March of Dimes.

The organization, originally called National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat polio. 

Houston’s four NICU family support sites served more than 2,000 local families amid the pandemic. In total, 4 million babies have benefited from March of Dimes’ research, vaccines, education and advocacy during the non-profit’s 85-year history. At least 2,400 pregnant people have received care from Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers in U.S. communities with a lack of maternity care. And organizers have assisted with legislation for 105 bills at the state level to improve health equity.

To support this year’s efforts purchase a ticket or table to the luncheon, visit here. Raffle tickets start at $75 and can be purchased by clicking here.

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