Successful Kickoff for Salute to Retail

A star-studded soiree was held earlier this month at Tootsies earlier this month to kick off the Fifth Merchandising Star Awards campaign – "A Salute to Retail." The biennial luncheon will be held October 16 at River Oaks Country Club, and raises funds for student scholarships and a program endowment in the College's Retailing and Consumer Science program.

Supporters of the retail community in Houston to be honored this fall are:

Leading the volunteer efforts for the event is chair Soraya McClelland. Dancie Perugini Ware, who served as 2011 chair, is the event's honorary chair.

Table sponsorships are currently available and begin at $2,500 for a table of 10. For more information or to sponsor a table, contact Lisa Burns at

Coverage of the event in CultureMap