Johnny Manziel Surprises Guests at Tootsies in Houston

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Potential No. 1 Pick Walks the Runway for a Young Cancer Survivor

Johnny Manziel walking hand in hand with 6-year-old cancer survivor Charlie Dina at Tootsies Love's in Fashion.

Johnny Manziel walking hand in hand with 6-year-old cancer survivor Charlie Dina at Tootsies Love's in Fashion.

Tootsies, known as Houston’s home for fashion, hosted the third annual Love’s in Fashion event benefiting Dec My Room, where former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel surprised guests as he strolled the runway with 6-year-old cancer survivor and Aggie fan, Charlie Dina.

Playing off the Valentine’s Day theme, the fashion show featured Houston’s famed philanthropic couples donning the latest and hottest Tootsies and Suitsupply fashions. Manziel, who flew in from training in San Diego, was the grand finale walking hand in hand with Dina as the pair was greeted with a standing ovation from admiring fans and flashing cameras. The duo has been close friends since 2012 and Manziel was Dina’s biggest cheerleader during five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

“We are honored Johnny wanted to be a part of this special night,” says Tootsies Owner and Founder Mickey Rosmarin. “We created this event benefiting Dec My Room because it aligns with what Tootsies has to offer – fashion and glamour – while serving the greater good in our community.”

Houston Texans Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Cal McNair sat front row, where he high-fived Manziel when he was on the runway. Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith and wife Tiffany were one of several socialite twosomes who modeled fashions during the high-profile fundraiser. Attendees sipped specialty cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Pura Vida Tequila while enjoying lite bites from Eddie V’s and Affair Extraordinaire. Proceeds from the event helped Dec My Room further its mission to create an enjoyable healing place for children and young adults in hospitals.

In the Crowd: Johnny Manziel, Michelle, Meri and Pat Manziel (Johnny’s mother, sister and grandmother), Charlie Dina, Mike and Angela Dina, Dominique Sachse Florescu and Nick Florescu, Mickey Rosmarin, Dan Pastorini and Pam Morse, Elizabeth and Daryl Allen, Karina and Carlos Barbieri, Gina Gaston and Mario Elie, Duyen Huynh and Marc Marc, Jenna Jackson and Brendan Gilbert, Natalie Lefevre and Jürgen Pichler, Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales, Patti and Don Murphy, Susan and Michael Plank, Clifford Pugh and John Dascoulias, Megan Sutton-Reed and Chris Reed, Layla and Walter Salek, Millette and Haag Sherman, Jenee and Nick Stefaniks, Holly Waltrip and Mike Long, Noel and Scott Wise, Diane Lokey Farb, Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Joanne King Herring, Hannah and Cal McNair, Brad and Joanna Marks, DeeDee and Wallis Marsh, Jeff and Lisa Nalley, Page Parkes, Ceron, Courtney Hopson, Chester and LaToya Pitts.

Tootsies, Houston’s foremost luxurious shopping experience and place to find the best-kept secrets, is located at 2601 Westheimer at Kirby. One of the pioneers in specialty store retailing, Tootsies took Texas by storm more than 40 years ago and continues to do so today with an exclusive emporium of the most elite European and American designers, accessories and shoes. Tootsies is widely recognized as one of the finest and most elegant specialty stores in the country. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, noon – 5pm. For more information, call 713.629.9990 or visit

Founded in 2007 by Susan Plank and her daughter Kendall, Dec My Room is a local nonprofit that creates personalized hospital rooms for children being treated at Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Volunteers personalize each patient’s room upon their arrival with items specific to the individual’s interest, which directly supports the health and healing of these patients. Dec My Room lessens the psychological toll that accompanies prolonged hospital stays and has quickened patients’ healing process by dramatically improving their attitudes. For more information, call 832.538.1201 or visit

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