BABC Annual Royal Ascot Day
Today's event is rain or shine. Remember to enter the valet parking gates. Enter the main building and take the elevators to the third floor.
Join the BABC for an afternoon and evening of racing in the beautiful suites overlooking the track at the Sam Houston Race Park. Your ticket includes:
- Champagne reception honoring the Queen's 90th birthday
- Opportunity to win (2) World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) tickets on British Airways
- Buffet dinner
- Starter betting voucher
- Drink ticket
- Live horse racing; cute doggie races will be held between the horse races
- Racing form
Celebrity judges will choose the "Best Lady's Hat" and "Best Dressed Gent" for some great prizes. A cash bar will be available along with en suite betting machines. Two betting windows will be available in the lobby.
As always BABC encourages you to drink and bet responsibly.
Special Guest Judges:
Joanne King Herring Ernie Manouse
Your ticket also includes the concert with Parmalee after the races.
A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT
Ernie Manouse, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before producing programs at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS, and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered three Emmy Awards, five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, "viewer's choice" recognition from multiple local and regional publications, and the title of "Ultimate Interviewer" from the Houston Chronicle.
His intellect, natural curiosity, and ability to help people tell their story have been hallmarks of Ernie's many television projects. InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse, an Emmy-nominated and nationally broadcast interview series will enter its twelfth season in 2013. His weekly program Arts InSight explores stories and issues of importance to the Houston arts lovers. And recently Manouse wrapped production on the first season of the widely successful Downton Abbey inspired talk show Manor of Speaking.
He has also hosted and produced WeekNight Edition, A Mother's Account: The Stella Byrd Interview, The After Party, The Last 24, A Conversation on RACE, Houston 8 and the annual HoustonPBS Spelling Bee, and has moderated debates of both Houston mayoral and Texas U.S. Senate candidates.
Ernie's commitment to public television extends beyond creating compelling programs. As a pledge spokesman, he is instrumental in raising over $2 million annually for HoustonPBS, and his talent has helped PBS affiliates across the country raise tens of millions of dollars in support of educational outreach, broadcasting, and programming needs. Three of public television's most successful national pledge specials have been hosted by Ernie.
Outside of the television studio, Ernie dedicates tremendous time and expertise in support of the arts, education, and equality. He has worked on numerous boards, serving terms as vice-president for all of the following organizations: Stages Repertory Theatre; Dominic Walsh Dance Theater; USO of Greater Houston; PRIDE Houston; and PRIDE Fest Film Festival. Additionally, Ernie is a popular master of ceremonies, host and auctioneer for events as diverse as The Pride Parade, the U.S. Military Ball, Houston Grand Opera, and the "Big Board" at the Cattle Baron's Ball. Ernie can also be seen "on tour" with Al Pacino in the stage presentation "AL PACINO: One Night Only," where Manouse interviews the acting icon to help raise money and awareness for various arts organizations across the country.
Ernie and his cat Champ reside in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.
- Named by Forbes as the - Only Woman in History to Win a War
- Named by People Magazine, Fortune, Forbes and Debrett's Distinguished People of Today and Who’s Who all named her – Queen of Texas
- The Dame, Knight, Ambassador, Consulate General of Pakistan and Morocco, Medal of Honor Nominee, Texas Hall of Fame
Julia Roberts played her in “Charlie Wilson’s War”, but the real-life Texan is far more interesting than any movie could capture. The international socialite, global political activist and former Texas television anchor, Joanne King Herring is known for her improbable fight with the Mujahedeen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story – with all its God, guns and Gucci glory – is even more remarkable.
Born in a man’s world at a time when women had limited choices, Joanne King Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, President Ronald Reagan, Pakistan Party, The Saudi King, Egyptian President and the Israel Prime Minister. In doing so she equipped the Afghans to defend themselves against the Greatest War Machine in History “The Soviet Union” and they won without the loss of one American life.
NOW SHE HAS DONE IT AGAIN – this time without guns. Using the 5 Elements; Food, Water, Education, Healthcare and Jobs, her Marshall Plan Charities group built a model village in Northern Afghanistan to prove that an entire village of 10,000 people could be structured for the cost of keeping one soldier in the field for a year. This will forever change how wars are fought, and change the future of the world.
Joanne hosted the Joanne King Show on television for 15 years, was made roaming Ambassador of Pakistan and received the Quaid-e-Azam award, the highest honor given by the nation of Pakistan. She was made Dame by the Order of St. Francis and has been knighted by the King of Belgium. She is also the recipient of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award and co-chaired the Special Olympics in New York City with Henry Kissinger. She tells her fascinating continuing story in her own words with charm and delight in her extraordinary new memoir, Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield (available now at href="http://www.joanneherring.com/">www.Joanneherring.com). Joanne lives in Houston, as do her two sons.
Joanne has appeared as a guest on Fox News Channel programs “Fox & Friends”, “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren”, “Hannity” and “Huckabee”. She has also appeared on Bloomberg Business News and is a reappearing guest on CNN’s “American Morning with Ali Velshi.” Her book, Diplomacy and Diamonds was also featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, the New York Social Diary and PW Weekly. You can read more about her work in Afghanistan and her book at href="http://www.joanneherring.com/">www.joanneherring.com.>
A Texas Hall of Famer, Joanne Herring is now doing a feasibility study for a new broadcasting venture: a multi-episode TV series centering on those who have overcome adversity to make a positive difference for others. She is now gauging audience interest and looking for stories of people to feature. “We know there are hundreds of stories like that in The American Legion,” she says. “Young people need to see these kinds of stories. Kids need heroes. They need something to strive for and be like.” To be a part of the study or to offer ideas, visit Joanne King Herring on Facebook.
Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing, dining and entertainment destination located 15 minutes from downtown. Enjoy the thrill of live horse racing and exciting simulcasting action from around the world. Experience an array of dining options including our signature carving stations, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta creations and chocolate fountain dessert bar. The Stakes Have Never Been Bigger at Sam Houston Race Park.