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Excerpt from "The Art of Meaningful Living", by Christopher Frier Brown .
Glenwood Cemetery Is The City's Oldest and Most Historic Cemetery (Channel 13 News) Carolyn Interviewed on Isiah Factor Uncensored (07.10.2015)
Blue Dog Pop-Up Gallery Party Prominent Women Share Ideas on Fundraising and Giving to Charities (Indo American News)
Tumors Can't Stop Reggie Bibbs (Houston Chronicle) Omega's 45th Anniversary Party of Apollo 13 Mission
March for Babies, Baked Alaska, and Carolyn Farb (April 2013) Tina Knowles talks about life, love at women’s luncheon
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  • Carolyn Interviewed on PRIME TV
  • Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman: Chronicling Glamour Celebrity Photographer Greg Gorman: An Eye For Life
     June 2009 Interview Houston Lifestyles & Homes, (.pdf) Houston Grand Opera Ball 2001
      Carolyn Receives NAACP Freedom Fund Award  Carolyn Co-Chairs "Mystique of India" Gala -- Raises Over $1 Million Dollars for UNICEF's Life Saving Programs in India
      Red Bull Art of Can   Carolyn Interviewed by Chinese Television Network
      Dancing for The Monarch School   Carolyn Honored by the Univ. of Houston Alumni Organization
      Houston Dynamo Photo Babe   Carolyn Helps Focus Spotlight on Darfur
      Southwest Region UNICEF Event, New York Social Diary   Carolyn Honored at Philanthropy World Hall of Fame
      The Chinese Community Center Honors Carolyn with the   JPMorgan Chase Lifetime Achievement Award   Carolyn's PSA to save the River Oaks Theatre with DJ Natalie   Evans (.mp3)
      * Carolyn at Premiere of Charlie Wilson's War   * Mike May interviews in Weekend America
      Carolyn Farb in her stage debut in Die Fledermaus   UNICEF Houston Responds to Peru Earthquake Suvivors
      Fendi's Texas Turn   Playground Without Limits
      Fashion Designer Diane Von Furstenburg Visits Houston   A Pocketful of Inspiration
      Carolyn Farb Chairs UNICEF Event, April 9, 2006   Carolyn Farb Honored as First Cadillac Legend
      Kinky for Governor (2006)   

    * Carolyn Farb Donates Papers to University of Houston
    * Univ. of Houston Finding Aid Blog
    *Finding Aid -- http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?

      Designs of Hope 2007 - Remembering Audrey Hepburn   Designs of Hope 2005 - Tsunami Relief

    Blue Dog Pop Up Art Gallery

    Blue Dog Pop Up Art Gallery A celebrity "blue" carpet lined the second floor of West Ave and most of the well-dressed guests wore blue, which made perfect sense at the "Rodrigue: Houston" champagne preview party. A who's who of Houston fans of artist George Rodrigue filled the former St. Genevieve lounge space to celebrate a retrospective featuring the work of the renowned Cajun and Blue Dog artist. Honorary chair Susan Sarofim and chairs Dr. Roland Maldonado and Edward Sanchez welcomed more than 300 guests to view 75 works of original art by Rodrigue, including the artist's dark Louisiana landscapes, Cajun genre scenes and iconic Blue Dog paintings, spanning a 50-year period. Read more at houston.culturemap.com. (Click photo at right for a full-sized version)


    Omega Apollo 13, 45th Anniversay

    Omega Apollo 13 AnniversaryHouston's high society was part of the 300 guests at Switzerland-based Omega's 45th anniversary party of the Apollo 13 mission in Sugar Land on May 12. The event - at the Western Airways hangar - featured George Clooney, who is the brand ambassador for Omega, which manufacture the Speedmaster, the first watch worn on the moon. The Apollo 13 mission was the almost-doomed flight commandeered by Jim Lovell that was crippled by the explosion of an oxygen tank. Lovell was in attendance at the event and credited the leadership and teamwork of the hundreds of mission control workers at NASA Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake for the safe return of Apollo 13 in 1970. (Click photo at right for a full-sized version)


    Tina Knowles talks about life, love at women’s luncheon

    Tina Knowles and Carolyn FarbTina Knowles, the mother of Beyoncé and Solange, rarely discusses her personal life with the public. Yet, as the keynote speaker for the Women & Money leadership luncheon hosted by the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation on Thursday at the JW Marriott Galleria, Knowles spoke from the heart about life and love. “I’ve never done keynote speaking,” she said. “I get a lot of offers to speak and I turn them all down. I feel like I can talk about my accolades in terms of business, but people know them. It’s more important to give a message of hope that you can get through the tough times.” Knowles told her story of growing up poor, the youngest five, in Galveston and attending Catholic school, where she and her siblings were treated like “indigent servants.” Her parents couldn’t afford the tuition and bartered services to cover the costs. Knowles and her siblings endured constant ridicule from the school’s staff. “I became a warrior at 5. I refused to let them take my spirit,” Knowles said. “I decided I would never let anyone decide who I was.” By junior high, Knowles was making costumes for her singing group. The skills in sewing and design she learned from her maternal grandmother. She continued her story telling the challenges of being a business owner, opening Headliners hair salon in Houston, at the same time becoming a new mom, to Beyoncé. More at Houston Chronicle website (link opens in a new window and may expire over time).


    Carolyn Helps Focus Spotlight on Darfur

    David & Carolyn
    Darfur Event
    David Donnelly and Carolyn Farb
    Joanne King Herring, Sam Gainer, Carolyn, David Donnelly

    Modern Luxury, Houston
    Houston Business Journal
    002 Magazine

    It was a moving night when the Holocaust Museum hosted a private preview event for its exhibit, Darfur: Photojournalists Respond, which remains on display through Aug. 17. The collection, underwritten by Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches, is comprised of 30 pictures from photographers who participated in the book Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan. Honorees Carolyn Farb and Joanne King Herring made the scene.

    Gainer Donnelly & Desroches LLP, primary underwriter of the Holocaust Museum Houston's latest exhibit Darfur: Photojournalists Respond hosted a private preview of the exhibit at which it also recognized UNICEF and its ambassadors, Joanne King Herring and Carolyn Farb, for their efforts on behalf of children in the Darfur region. For the first time ever, the Holocaust Museum opened its doors for a private sneak preview of the Darfur: Photojournalists Respond exhibit. Primary underwriters Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches invited loyal clients and friends of the firm to recognizer the Holocaust Museum and UNICEF in their efforts to provide aid and raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur.

    Southwest Region UNICEF Event, New York Social Diary

    Jaguar's Ed Silliman

    Down in Houston Lana Marks launched the first ever American exhibition of Lana Marks' Jeweled Red Carpet Cleopatra Clutch which has been worn to every Academy Awards since 2004 by the likes of Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron.

    This collection of unique handbags is valued at a million dollars.

    The event which benefited the lifesaving programs of UNICEF was chaired by Dr. Carolyn Farb and Donna Speer.

    Nidhika and Pershant Mehta opened their gorgeous memorial home for the luncheon and fashion show.

    Among the guests attending were: Donna and John Speer, Joanne King Herring, Stephanie Cockrell, Leela Krishnamurthi, Anna and Thomas Au, Kimberly DeLape, and Betty and John Hrncir.

    Carolyn Honored by the University of Houston Alumni Organization

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    Houston Chronicle Photo

    Proud Alumni

    Who: Marvin Nathan and Carolyn Farb
    Where & What: At the Hyatt Regency Downtown, where they were honored at the University of Houston's Houston Alumni Organization awards dinner
    Misc.: Nathan received a Distinguished Alumni Award as did Dorothy Caram, Col. Barrye L. Price and Christopher Theofanidis. Farb received the Chair's Award. Distinguished Service Awards went to UH grads Willie Burns, David Doll and Chris Mims. Alton "Red" Veselka was named Outstanding Volunteer.

    Fendi's Texas Turn
    Flore and Farb woo Houston's finest

    Friday, March 09, 2007

    Gianluca Flore and Carolyn Farb
    © Kim Coffman

    (HOUSTON) Fendi made its first foray into the city of Houston Wednesday with company president Gianluca Flore and Carolyn Farb hosting an intimate luncheon at Barbara Smith’s chic Alden Hotel for the city’s most stylish and philanthropically minded ladies. Ninety women bought tickets to attend the affair, which benefited UNICEF and featured a specially curated Fendi trunk show of runway fashions, rare bags, and accessories not sold in the U.S. outside of New York and Los Angeles, as well as a spring/summer fashion show.

    Fendi transformed the venue into a Roman garden, substituting statues with product displays of its covetable merchandise. Over a lavish, Ryan Pera-prepared meal of chilled asparagus vinaigrette, lump crab, curried chicken salad, and lemon ice box pie, Flore noted that while Fendi’s presence in the city has trailed behind its counterparts, many of whom have debuted flagships here in recent years, that’s all about to change. “Wednesday’s luncheon marked the beginning of Fendi’s new relationship with the hospitable city of Houston,” he said. “Our renovated 2,100-sq.-ft. Peter Marino-designed Galleria store, which will reopen this summer, will finally accommodate the entire Fendi collection. I arrived in Houston a Roman, but after the luncheon, I left a Texan.”

    Houston Dynamo Photo Babe

    Carolyn Farb personifies the perfect volunteer and the true meaning of a philanthropist. Her life exemplifies public service and is an example of the power of one individual's commitment to a cause. In 1983, Carolyn received international recognition when she raised the first million dollars in a single evening for the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research. Carolyn was most recently honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award and named the first Cadillac Texas Legend by the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV. For the last twenty years, she has dedicated her talent, creativity and wisdom to chair several campaigns for UNICEF raising $15 million dollars benefiting the children of the world and the AIDS pandemic. She has authored two books: "How to Raise Millions, Helping Others, Having a Ball" and "The Fine Art of Fundraising," which are available on Amazon.com. Carolyn wanted to congratulate the Houston Dynamo from The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground which opened December, 2006 in Memorial Park. This first of its kind "inclusive playground" will offer all of Houston's children equal play opportunities regardless of their abilities.

    Fashion Designer Diane Von Furstenburg Visits Houston

    Diane Von Furstenburg,
    Neiman Marcus's Bob Devlin,
    and Carolyn Farb

    Carolyn Farb Chairs UNICEF Event, April 9, 2006

    Carolyn Farb chaired the second annual gala helping raise $500,000 for UNICEF programs that provide care and support for orphans made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Grammy songstress Michelle Williams provided the entrertainment along with award-winning composer Richard Sherman.

    Kinky for Governnor 2006

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