Bella Roma Fashion Show & Luncheon

Details

Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

River Oaks Country Club

Individual Tickets

Tickets are available in limited quantities while supplies last. Purchase individual tickets here.

Tables

Tables of 10 range from $3,000 to $10,000 with unique benefits at each level. Click here to learn more.

We are delighted to announce that the fifth annual Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) Fashion Show & Luncheon chaired by Karen Remington and Saula Centa Valente will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at River Oaks Country Club with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The event will feature the latest Italian designs curated by Saks Fifth Avenue, a silent auction, a prosecco pull, and chances to win dazzling prizes!

This year we are saluting a city that never goes out of style, Beautiful Rome – Bella Roma, as we celebrate our esteemed Honorees Debbie and Rudy Festari for their giving spirit and philanthropy throughout the City of Houston.

Since 2000, the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston has awarded more than $290,000 in scholarships to college students in the greater Houston area. The Fashion Show & Luncheon raises funds to create opportunities for higher education, including for students participating in study abroad programs in Italy. Join us in inspiring these bright, young students through the power of education and cultural exchange.

Tickets and Tables


Piazza di Spagna – $10,000

  • Premier runway table for 10 guests
  • Name/logo on all event marketing materials and ICCC webpage with link to company website
  • 2 spots in an ICCC group Italian language class (7-week course)
  • 10 tickets to ICCC films or lectures
  • 2 Fashion Show & Luncheon raffle tickets

Colosseo – $7,500

  • Premier table for 10 guests
  • Name/logo on all event marketing materials and ICCC webpage with link to company website
  • 1 spot in an ICCC group Italian language class (7-week course)
  • Credit towards two hours of private Italian lessons at the Italian Cultural & Community Center

Vaticano – $5,000

  • Preferred table for 10 guests
  • Name/logo listed on event invitation, program and ICCC webpage
  • 8 tickets to ICCC films or lectures

Cappella Sistina – $3,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Name listed on event invitation, program and ICCC webpage

Pantheon – $1,000

  • 1 ticket with premier seating to Fashion Show & Luncheon
  • Name listed on event invitation, program and ICCC webpage
  • 1 Fashion Show & Luncheon raffle ticket

Fontana di Trevi – $500

  • 1 ticket with preferred seating to Fashion Show & Luncheon
  • Name listed on event invitation and program

Foro Romano – $350

  • 1 ticket to Fashion Show & Luncheon (limited number available)

River Oaks Country Club


River Oaks Country Club is known for its philanthropic and community-leading membership, as well as its beautiful views. Prominent architect John F. Staub was hired to design the original two-story Spanish revival clubhouse in 1923, which was located south of the golf course designed by Donald Ross. The current clubhouse was built in the 1950s on the same site as the original.

Saks Fifth Avenue


Saks Fifth Avenue is the premier destination for luxury fashion, driven by a mission to help customers express themselves through relevant and inspiring style. Since its inception in 1924, Saks has delivered one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, featuring an expertly curated assortment of fashion and highly personalized customer service. Saks Fifth Avenue’s unique approach combines an emphasis on the digital customer experience with a strong connection to a network of 41 extraordinary stores across North America for seamless, all-channel shopping.

Saula Centa Valente, Co-Chair


Saula was born and raised in Venice, Italy, where she also earned a doctorate degree at the University of Padua. For Saula, God and family come first and despite the hectic city schedule she loves spending time with her husband and three children at their farm. She’s proud to call Texas her home.

Growing up in Europe, she’s always been involved in humanitarian aids and when she moved to Houston after getting married she continued her passion for service in the greater Houston and Austin communities and chose to use her skills in the areas of non-profit organizations.

While her main focuses are the arts, education and serving women and children, having spent some time in Africa, Saula witnessed firsthand the profound challenges that communities face due to the lack of clean water. This personal experience fueled her passion for making a difference, leading her to become an ardent supporter of charities that strive to bring sustainable, clean water solutions to those in need, transforming lives and fostering healthier, more vibrant communities across the continent.

Furthermore, she has chaired many fundraising events for various organizations, including Austin Ballet, Houston Symphony, Latin Women, Star of Hope, Charity Water, San José Clinic, Catholic Charities, Mission of Yahweh, Rota Romana Lebanese Missionaries and Strake Jesuit. She has served in several boards and committees such as the Austin Belvedere, San José Clinic, Latin Women, Duchesne Academy, St. Francis Episcopal Fine Arts, Holy Spirit Episcopal Booster Club, Houston Symphony League, Houston Grand Opera, Strake Jesuit, The Women’s Fund, iWRITE Literacy and League of American Orchestras.

She served as president at her children’s school Parent Association, and is currently leading the Music Parent Association at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory where two years ago she also founded a fundraising venue benefitting the Music Program. After being introduced to MOY, she fell in love with the organization so much that she’s been proudly serving on their board for over three years now and helped raise more than $600,000 at their inaugural gala last fall.

During the pandemic Saula started sharing her creativity and decor ideas on Instagram (@simplysaula) and has continued to grow as an influencer.

Saula’s honors include “Houston Sweetheart” by Social Book, “Leaders and Legends” by Mission of Yahweh and together with her husband “Community Champions” by Texas Children’s Hospital.

Karen Remington, Co-Chair


Karen is a native Houstonian and became involved with the Italian Cultural & Community Center at the inaugural Fashion Show & Luncheon. She has participated in various ways over the years, including co-chairing or chairing the Silent Auction for the past two years. She is married to Peter Remington who has also been involved in the Luncheon by modeling at the inaugural event!

She earned her graduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, worships at Lakewood Church and has run her health insurance agency specializing in Medicare for nearly two decades.

Karen’s passion projects revolve around community involvement and include 28 years of service and leadership on Houston Rodeo Committees, where she received the Chairman’s Award in 2017 for the Wine Sales and Events Committee. She has been involved in buying groups over the years that have been named to the Silver Spurs Club, including her current group, the Gourmet Wranglers, in 2024.

She has served on the Board of Directors for Today’s Harbor for Children for 10 years, which combined assets with DePelchin Children’s Center to serve additional children in the community and throughout Texas.

Karen has chaired or co-chaired events for Kids’ Meals, Dec My Room, American Cancer Society, Cattle Baron’s Little Wranglers, Today’s Harbor for Children, Great Age Movement, Pink Bows Foundation, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market and Celebrity Chefs Against Cancer benefitting Camp H-Town, to name a few.

Debbie and Rudy Festari, Honorees


Rudy Festari was born and raised in Rome, Italy and Debbie is originally from Austin, Texas. Rudy began his retail career over 30 years ago and is the owner of the prestigious clothing store Festari for Men. Rudy’s love of fashion began at an early age when he loved to create and design his own clothing. He eventually left Rome to pursue a fashion career in New York. He then decided to call Houston home when he met Debbie, a native Texan and they married after dating only a few months. After many years of hard work and grateful for their success, the couple established an annual event for charity as their way of giving back. It was called Una Notte in Italia (A Night in Italy) and became a popular annual men’s fashion show and gala that raised millions of dollars for numerous worthy causes throughout the City. Some of the many beneficiaries included Family Services of Greater Houston, Bo’s Place, Houston Area Women’s Center and most recently Children at Risk. The long-running event was a fun-filled night of all things Italian and the highlight of the evening were the philanthropic men and athletes who walked the runway in fashions from Festari for Men to support a worthy cause. The gala was named one of the top social events of the season and it was their way of giving back to the community as well as a salute to their Italian heritage.

The couple is also involved in many other aspects of the community.  Debbie has served on numerous Boards including the March of Dimes, Trees of Hope, Child Advocates and Family Services of Greater Houston. She was honored as a mother who had made a significant impact in her community by the Easter Seals of Greater Houston and most recently was named a 2023 Woman of Substance at the annual luncheon for charity. Rudy is a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce as well as Fashion Group International and was also named a Man of Style by Houston Chronicle. Together they have co-chaired the inaugural gala for AIDS Foundation Houston, the Stages Repertory Theater gala and were also honored as a “Houston Treasures” couple by The Social Book for their philanthropy. They just celebrated 43 years of marriage! They are so very proud of their two sons, Elton and Valentino and their three grandchildren, Colin, Anthony and Natalie. They have always taught each of them the importance of giving back to those in need as well as a strong faith and love of family. They are so very happy to be honored at the Italian Cultural & Community Center’s fifth annual Fashion Show & Luncheon.

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Join us for the fifth annual Italian Cultural & Community Center Fashion Show and Luncheon. This year we are saluting Beautiful Rome — Bella Roma, as we celebrate our esteemed Honorees Debbie and Rudy Festari for their giving spirit and philanthropy throughout the City of Houston.

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