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Good works elicit tears and joy, of course, at Tootsies fashion lunch

October 29, 2010

By Shelby Hodge

Social stars Susan Plank and Ursaline Hamilton rounded up the first fine-feathered posse of the season (we're pretending that summer is over) at Tootsies on Thursday for the Dec My Room benefit lunch.

It was a midday gathering featuring air kisses, post-holiday reunions, fall fashion and tears all around.

The sentimental moments came when Plank discussed how she and Shelly Barineau first launched their non-profit that decorates and personalizes the hospital rooms of seriously ill children. For the past two and a half years, Plank and Barineau have headed the special entity that has transformed more than 200 otherwise cold hospital rooms into childhood fantasies at Texas Children's Cancer Center and in Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Next month, the two are taking their program to Sloan Kettering in New York.

The most touching and therefore weepiest moment came when Hamilton surprised Plank with a visit from the very first young patient whose room she had decorated — J.B. Glennon of Austin. He had been in Texas Children's for a bone marrow transplant.

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