Renderings of the Marriott Marquis ballroom decor for the Luminaries of the Game.
The stage will glow like a football stadium.
Gala honorees Bob & Janice McNair. Photo by Kim Coffman
Lynn Wyatt in ODL at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball in 2015. Photo by Wilson Parish
A lot is on the line for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee‘s “Luminaries of the Game” gala, set for February 1 at the sparkling new Marriott Marquis. If the cocktail attire evening nets the $1 million it is anticipating, the NFL will match it dollar for dollar with all $2 million going to Touchdown Houston, the host committee’s charitable giving fund.
While the heat is on to score big in ticket sales, the host committee is pulling out the stops to make this one of the must-attend events of all the Super Bowl festivities. Beyond The Events Co.‘s compelling decor and vast video screens streaming great NFL moments, more than 50 NFL Hall of Famers will join the party in a grand entry parade and at the dinner tables of top paying guests.
A handful will banter in the spotlight with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Chris Berman, who will serve as emcee, a coup in itself.
The tony cachet for the evening is set by the honorary chairs, Lynn Wyatt and James A. Baker III, and by the honorees, Janice and Bob McNair. “We have a very special tribute for Janice and Bob McNair,” host committee president and CEO Sallie Sargent tells PaperCity. “This is really their special evening. They’ve done so much in the community. But it’s our opportunity to thank them not only for bringing the second Super Bowl and the Houston Texans and building the new stadium, but also for everything they have done here.”
With the addition of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance and the Vince Lombardi trophy on hand for photo ops, the Marriott Marquis turns out as the only place to be on the Wednesday night of Super Bowl week. Key to help making that happen is vice chairman of the finance committee energy mogul Gary Petersen, who happens to be a minority owner of the Texans.
In fact, what big spender, tempted to pony up $150,000 for the top tier table for 10, could resist the ultimate gala package. Beyond the premiere placement at the dinner, on-screen acknowledgement and an NFL Hall of Famer at your dinner table, you also get four tickets to the Super Bowl with special parking, “diamond” seating in a spiffed up section of NRG’s Club Level, a posh three hour pre-game cocktail party in the stadium, an on-field experience after presentation of the Vince Lombardi trophy, and post-game partying in the stadium. But wait, there is more. Add four VIP tickets to the NFL Experience and four tickets to the Friday night Preview Party.
If your discretionary income doesn’t stretch that far, the $75,000 table for 10 earns you two seats in the Club Level, two NFL Experience and two Preview Party tickets plus the aforementioned perks, except no Hall of Famer at you table. There are also tables of 10 for $50,000 (which includes two tickets but in a different section of the stadium) and $25,000 (dinner only).
Once the curtain falls on the dinner, the party continues in the ballroom’s vast foyer which will be transformed into a “jewel box” for a rocking after-party featuring Dee Jay Silver.
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