Donae’s Fabulous Fiftieth Celebration Rocks River Oaks District While Also Raising Funds for Autism


*01_Donae Cangelosi Chramosta AKA The Vintage ContessaDonae Cangelosi Charmosta, aka The Vintage Contessa and her hubby threw quite a fab 50th birthday party at River Oaks District, benefiting KNOWAutism.

FIFTYand FABULOUS! So happy, personally, to join over 200 of Houston’s finest as they arrived at River Oaks District to kick off Donae Cangelosi Chramosta’s, better known as The Vintage Contessa, birthday celebration beginning with a cocktail hour inside      Dolce & Gabbana. Surrounded by colorful majolica patterns and D&G’s finest pieces, guests were dressed to impress in the requested dress code of the evening….black and gold attire keeping the “Sicilian Street Party” theme alive.  As the festivities continued, guests made their way over to Toulouse Café and Bar where they danced the night away on the open patio and enjoyed  an array of mouth-watering appetizers  As the champagne flowed, Italian dancers performed in the courtyard, the DJ played classic Italian music to set the “Spicy Sicilian” theme, which as a Sicilian Italian myself, I know that the dancers that they had added such a fun, street charm to the party.  Additionally, Hahn Tran, visible working on the patio of Toulouse,  created art representative of The Vintage Contessa. An ornate cake(pictured below) and birthday toast and song led by Donae’s husband Rob, helped the crowd wish The Vintage Contessa happy 50th.

In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to donate to KNOWAutism. This very successful birthday celebration was able to boast a $23,000 addition to the Autism fund. It’s not too late to still donate in case you were dancing and partying just a little too much and missed your opportunity at the party.  Event underwriters included Bentley Houston and Toulouse Café and Bar, both of which are also donating silent auction items to the upcoming KNOWAutism Gala in February 2018.

*10_Rob, Donae and Bella ChramostaLeading the street party singing out side of Toulouse, in River Oaks District, of Happy Birthday to the Guest of Honor, was Donae’s hubby, Rob and their beautiful daughter Bella

*20_The Vintage Contessa's 50th Birthday CakeLavish birthday cake, provided by Donae’s bestie, Elizabeth Harvey Designs, very fitting for a Contessa

*02_Karen Henry, Diane CaplanKaren Henry and Diane Kaplan

*03_Lenny Matuszewski, Sheree FredeLenny Matuszewski and Sheree Frede

*04_Deborah Duncan, Donae Cangelosi Charmosta,Deborah Duncan, Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, 

*06_Roseann Rogers, Ericka BagwellRoseanne Rogers and Erica Bagwell

*07_Rudy and Debbie FestariRudy and Debbie Festari

*08_Shannon Hall, Bill Baldwin, Fady ArmaniousShannon Hall , Bill Baldwin and Fady Armanious

*09_Rachel Gower, Ursaline Hamilton  Rachel Gower and Ursula Hamilton

*11_Brittany Zucker, Paul David Van Atta, Sherri Zucker, Gregg HarrisonBrittany Zucker, Paul-David Van Atta,  Sherri Zucker, Greggory Harrison

*15_Ericka Bagwell and Todd Ramos dance the night awayStill dancing the night away at this midnight hour were Erica Bagwell and Tod Ramos

Roz PactorMy hubby Alan and I added new meaning to the phrase ‘better late than never’ by making a very, very late appearance to this not to be missed fab soiré……..arriving very close to the midnight hour. (we had been in attendance at the beautiful Lia Vallone wedding previously, two spectacular celebrations that were very difficult to squeeze into one evening!)

All photos courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography








About Roz Pactor

I am a fashion and marketing consultant and blogger based in Houston, Texas. With more than three decades of experience in fashion retailing that has spanned Foley’s, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s NYC, I have earned a reputation for delivering expertise, energy and enthusiasm to my roster of clients. I have remained closely connected with designer women’s fashion as well as the misses, teens, men’s and children’s apparel and accessories markets from coast to coast.

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