Houston Symphony Ball after party
Houston Symphony Ball chairs Christina & Mark Hanson
Sydney Bosarge, Andrew Bosarge, honorary chair Marie Taylor Bosarge
Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams
Astley & Alex Blair
Auction chairs Beth Wolff and Farida Abjani
Betty & Jesse Tutor
Bobby & Phoebe Tudor
After-party chairs Brian & Candace Thomas
Brian McCullough, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Daniel Strba and Vegas dancer
Honorees Bob & Jane Cizik
Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider
Harry & Cora Sue Mach
Jerry & Lisa Simon
Honorees Barbara & Pat McCelvey
Jo & Jim Furr
Julia and Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Kate Boatright, Claudia Kreisle
Lisa Rydman, Eric Lindsey
Electric violinist cum aerialist
Entertainment chairs Danielle & Joshua Batchelor
Saula & Paolo Valente
Scotty & Jana Arnoldy
Sheridan Williams, honoree Richard Flowers
Sippi & Ajay Khurana
Stefanie & Manolo Elias
Steve & Joella Mach
Susan & Dick Hansen
Susan & Ed Osterberg
Susanne Byram, Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb
Tracy & Valerie Dieterich
Ulyesse & Barbara LeGrange
Vicki West, Ralph Burch
Viviana & David Denechaud
Vivek & Ishwaria Subbiah
The Houston Marriott Marquis ballroom
Subtitle to the Houston Symphony‘s rocking “Stir It Up in Vegas” ball could’ve been a “whole lotta shakin goin on.” Once Las Vegas showman Frankie Moreno filled the dance floor with gyrating partygoers, the floor of the Marriott Marquis ballroom began thumping to the rhythm. It was so unsettling that at least one partygoer videoed the swaying centerpiece on her table.
That aside, it was a joyful, festive evening chaired by Christina and Mark Hanson, Houston Symphony president and CEO, that raised a stunning $1.6 million and counting. They were aided in their successful efforts by honorary chair Marie Taylor Bosarge and by auction chairs Beth Wolff and Farida Abjani.
The party would not have been complete without the assist of entertainment chairs Danielle and Joshua Batchelor, of after-party chairs Candace and Brian Thomas and of presenting sponsor Phillipps 66, that company’s third consecutive year of support for the symphony’s education and community programming.
The Events Company did its part to imbue the ballroom with a Vegas vibe with shimmering crystal beaded panels and Vegas-themed murals lining the walls. Adding to the glam decor were 3,700 peonies and 30 rose balls containing 150 roses each. Receiving kudos on this evening as special honoree were Richard Flowers and The Events Company, responsible for decades of transforming ball chairs’ dreams into realities.
Rather than the typical award presentations, ball organizers opted this year to present the honorees in a 20-minute video. On the big screen were Jane and Bob Cizik recognized for philanthropy; Jan Barrow and the Barbara and Pat McCelvey family for enduring artistic vision; Barbara Burger and the Alexander McLanahans for visionary leadership; Vinson & Elkins for corporate citizenship; and Margaret Alkek Williams, who received the Stewart Orton Golden Baton Award.
The energy escalated throughout the night with it reaching a crescendo for the after-party at which point the Jordan Kahn Orchestra took over and the Marriott kitchen sent forth late-night servings of chicken and waffles, crepes, donuts and cupcakes.
Seen: Julia and Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Joella and Steve Mach, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Ron Franklin, Patty Hubbard and Mike McLanahan, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Lori and Scott Wulfe, Core Sue and Harry Mach, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Sheridan Williams, Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse, Mary Lynn and Steve Marks, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, and Jana and Scotty Arnoldy.