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Husband surprises wife with lavish London
April 16, 2000, Sunday
The Houston Chronicle - 2 STAR EDITION

THE Sunday snooper: Momentum Securities CEO James Lee surprised his wife, Amy, with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London. Tours of Enchantment's Gregory Patrick made all the arrangements, including a full-time butler flown in from Amsterdam. They had lunch at the House of Lords with a high-ranking member of Parliament and tea with Lord and Lady Saye in the private quarters of their castle. Lord and Lady Saye are relatives of Joseph Fiennes, the actor who, among other roles, played opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Shakespeare in Love," for which Paltrow got the best actress Oscar in 1999. The Sayes' castle was a backdrop for some of the film. One of the most exciting highlights of the trip for Amy was backstage passes to a Sting concert, where they met the singer and other celebs. The Lees took off with some of the band members and partied into the night at London's renowned private club Annabelle's. . . . Incidentally, Gregory Patrick recently took over the wine cellar at River Oaks Grill to celebrate his 37th birthday. It was a grand dinner for the humans and a six-course menu for Sonny, Patrick's tuxedo-clad cocker spaniel, who also attended. Among guests were Michael Newman; Dr. Jack and Sally Anderson; Jim and Kellie Letsos; Ken and Mimi Fisher; Dave Ward with his steady, Laura Rowe; Lynne Wolfe; Satch and Lynn Davidson; and Jose Berlanga. . . .

After a two-year assignment in Atlanta, Air France exec Christian Escudie has taken early retirement and returned to Houston. Both Christian and his wife, Viviane, have been traveling between here and Atlanta since Viviane stayed in Houston as veep of Coldwell Banker Commercial Uptown. The Escudies love Houston, and since their arrival 12 years ago knew this was where they wanted to make their permanent home in the United States. They frequently travel to France, where they have homes in Paris, Burgundy and St-Tropez. . . . Remember the Houston Oilers' cheerleaders, the Derrick Dolls? Sylvia Bonham-Smith, a DD '79-'80, is holding the group's first reunion April 30 at Ernie's Restaurant & Bar in Pasadena to talk about reviving the Dolls when we get an NFL team. For info, call her at 281-530-9503. . . .

The Matt Musil All-Star Golf Classic will be May 11 and will be held for the first time at the newly opened Gleannloch Farms Golf Club. The club is owned by Rob Fondren and Dave Cannon of Trend Development. The 27-hole championship course, designed by Jay Riviere, will be opening its last nine holes any edition now. It's in northwest Houston on Spring-Cypress Road. Musil's tourney benefits the Escape Family Resource Center and the Downtown YMCA. Entries begin at $ 250 per player. For information, call 713-758-9295. . . . The Jewish Women International's "Good Heart 2000" Humanitarian Award and Dinner Gala will be May 4 at the Westin Oaks Hotel and will honor Gail and Jenard Gross. Proceeds go to JWI's programs. Award presenters will be Dean Ornish, M.D., and Daniel C. Arnold. Sheryl Eskowitz is chairing the event, and Marilyn Shaw is vice chair. Honorary co-chairs are Laurie Bricker and Glenda and Jerry Kane. . . .


-- By MAXINE MESINGER

Copyright 2000 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company

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