Recently, Houstonians sipped, shopped, strolled and grooved at the 2013 River Oaks Jazz and Wine Festival hosted by River Oaks Shopping Center. The festival boasted an evening of shopping, live jazz music from local bands, wine and delectable fare benefitting the American Cancer Society.
The event marked the kick-off of the holiday shopping season with the Holiday Shopping Card fundraiser. For two weeks every holiday season, hundreds of retailers rally together to raise money for the American Cancer Society by offering twenty percent off merchandise to those who purchase The Holiday Shopping Card for $70. The funds help to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in Houston and the surrounding areas and fund research for a cure. VICTORY, a volunteer fundraising branch of the American Cancer Society, organizes the efforts, prints and sells the card with all participating retailers.
Patrons of the center strolled through the center with the sounds of Bubba McNeely and Greg Giacona, Lauren Lombardo and the Gary Michael Dahl Band playing jazz in the background. Others sat to enjoy the wine provided by Becker Vineyards, an award winning Texas Hill Country winery, in the breezeway, under the stars on McDuffie Street or on the second floor patio of the South American restaurant, Américas. The fall Texas weather could not have been more pleasant, providing the perfect backdrop for an evening of enjoyment, giving and shopping.
Weingarten Realty along with River Oaks Shopping Center and Village Arcade, two premier shopping centers owned and managed by Weingarten Realty, are long time sponsors of the fundraiser.