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Seton Breast Cancer Center Luncheon and S.C. Gwynne at the Austin History Center

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Donna Stockton Hicks and Nina Seely at Seton Breast Cancer Center Luncheon.

Donna Stockton Hicks and Nina Seely at Seton Breast Cancer Center Luncheon.

HEALTH: The best line came from Melissa Jones during the Neiman Marcus fashion show, which revived 1970s looks like fringe, sandals and jewel tones. Me: “Everything comes back.” Jones: “Except our figures.” Although quick-witted Jones made an ideal table-mate for the Seton Breast Cancer Center luncheon at the JW Marriott, I could have chosen from 600 others.  The list of powerful women there just kept growing: Lynn Meredith, Andrea McWilliams, Marcia Levy, Diane Land, Susan Lubin, Cecilia Abbott, Mary Herr Tally, Kathy Blackwell, Donna Stockton Hicks, Nina Seely, Patty Hoffpauir, Sofia Avila, Victoria Avila, Ana Ruelas, Carla McDonald, the list goes on. Andra Liemont, Terri Gucca and Kendra Scott gave powerful speeches. “I think we needed tissue boxes on each table,” Blackwell smartly suggested afterwards on social media. The elaborate fashion show was a first for the new Center, which provides comprehensive breast care in a spa-like setting. Half their patients qualify for charity assistance. A grand new tradition has been added to our social calendar.

Empire Summer COVER.jpgHISTORY: What a treat to hear S.C. Gwynne in person. Author of “Empire of the Summer Moon” and, more recently, “Rebel Yell,” is a spellbinding storyteller. At an Austin History Center gathering — with seating blessedly reoriented — Gwynne was interviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Kerr, author of “Seat of Empire,” “The Republic of Austin” and “Austin – Then and Now.” He wisely gave the floor to fast-talking Gwynne by asking just the right questions. Truth is, most of what Gwynne shared in his masterpiece about the Comanches had already been told by other historians. None of them, however, made such a forceful case for the tribe’s impact on North American history. Gwynne’s version is unforgettable and, for good reason, a national bestseller.