The Junior League of Galveston County announced sisters Stephanie Doyle and Carolyn Sunseri as its Holiday Ball honorees.

Both are past JLGC prezes and living legacies of volunteerism and commitment to Galveston County. They continue to serve the mission of the Junior League and exhibit a commitment to service across the county.

The league invites you to join in for Parisian Holiday as they rendezvous at the Moulin Rouge to honor Stephanie and Carolyn on Dec. 13 at The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort.

For information on JLGC sponsorships and its many projects, visit

Carolyn and Stephanie are the daughters of dear friends Carroll and Andrea Pieri Sunseri.

Stephanie is married to Patrick Finnan Doyle and they are the proud parents of Allie, a Texas Tech grad, Shannon and Thomas, both students at Texas Tech, and Andrew.

Carolyn’s brother-in-law Patrick invited her to join his company in 1990 and she has risen through the ranks to become one of South Land Title’s VPs.

Carolyn helped Patrick through all of his political campaigns and decided to try her hand at politics this past May. She was elected to represent District 6 and the city of Galveston as a councilwoman.

Stephanie, ya’know, married into a family that is the epitome of volunteerism. Her father- and mother-in-law, Chuck and Mary Ellen Doyle, as well as her husband.

Their grandparents were the late Frank and Angela Pieri and Frank and Althea Sunseri. We know Carolyn and Stephanie’s brother Peter Sunseri of happy memory would be happy to be here for them.

Book club

Rosenberg Tome-Dome’s summer 2014 selection for her Museum Book Club series is B.A. Shapiro’s “The Art Forger.”

A NYX’s best-seller, the book is a fictional account of the legendary theft of 13 priceless masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Book clubbers get the chance to experience art and literature in a more interactive way. They have the opportunity to view rarely exhibited art and historical artifacts from the library’s permanent collection as they discuss.

They’ll also experience an up-close view of several paintings from the bookbarn’s art collection that are copies or forgeries of original works by famous artists.

Among them are two portraits in the manner of renowned 19th century British painter Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also on display are works attributed to Grant Wood and Edgar Degas, which were later determined to be fakes.

One of the most fascinating examples of forgery in the library’s museum collection is a portrait once thought to be by early 20th century modern painter Amedeo Modigliani.

This painting underwent intensive examination by experts in 2013 and also was determined to be a fake.

Original, authenticated works by Modigliani sell for millions of dollars at auction.

There are several meetings planned from noon til 1 p.m. starting June 18. There also will be meetings on July 17 and Aug. 16.

Established book clubs are encouraged to participate, and groups of more than 10 are asked to call the reference desk in advance to arrange accommodations.

One can check out forger in hard copy or as an e-book through Rosenberg’s 3M Cloud Library. Visit or call 409-763-8854, Ext. 115.

Birthday shoutouts

Happy b’days to Lou Muller, Julie Boyle, Kathy Cooper, Hizzoner Peter Urbani, Sylviane Sydney Kitchen.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to or call 409-744-6540.

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