Society / The Seen

Hermann Park Party Raises $525,000 in One Beautiful Spring Night

A Stylish Crowd Brings It

BY // 04.29.19
photography Jenny Antill Clifton

What: Hermann Park Conservancy‘s “Evening in the Park”

Where: A tent on Molly Ann Smith Plaza in the park

PC Moment: A glorious sunset set the stage for the annual al fresco evening that finds park supporters donning their summery best and breathing deep of the spring night air. With one view to the Jones Reflection Pool and another to McGovern Lake, the soirée drew a stylish clan of close to 500 who helped the conservancy slip past its fundraising goal to reach proceeds of $525,000.

Applause, applause for chairs Barbara Friedman and June Deadrick and friend-of-the-park honoree Terrylin Neale, University of Houston Foundation president. In a nod to Neale’s penchant for opera and in appreciation of her year’s of support on behalf of the conservancy, two graduate students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music performed the lyrical “Flower Duet” from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé.

Guests feasted on dinner from Jackson & Company, which provided sustenance for the post-dinner dancing to the sounds of DJ Mav. When not boogying, guests were grazing through the amazing dessert buffet, an always popular element of the evening.

Park people: Conservancy president Doreen Stoller, conservancy board chair David Ruiz, Susie and Sanford Criner, Isabel and Danny David, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Mary and Dr. Mark D’Andrea, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Cece and Mack Flower, Nancy and Erik Littlejohn, Allison Thacker, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Stephanie Tsuru and Janae and Kenneth Tsai.

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