Roger & Irene Woolsey, Haydeh & Ali Davoudi (Photo by Lenard Smith Jr.)
'Advocates Through Art' chairs Andrea Medina, Julie Kuo, Haydeh Davoudi, Luvi Wheelock (Photo by Lenard Smith Jr.)
Alexandra Bruskoff, Katie Dwan, Saba Jawda, Natasha Parvizian, Katie Keener (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Jaa St Julien, Anglebert Metoyer, Ashley Henry, Peter Smetek (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Phyllis Williams, Carlos Blandino (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Rachel Bristow, Elaine Stolte, Melanie Wester, Rita Beckett (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Bettina Staartjes, Nick Lovitt , Regina Ramirez, Ryan MacMillan (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Natasha Martinez, Jeremy Dickson (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Todd & Stelli Parsapour (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ali Davoudi, Tony Buzbee, Roger Woolsey (Photo by Lenard Smith Jr.)
Claudine Hartland, Lisa Oren, Courtney Harrold, Elizabeth Fertitta (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Gregg Optekamp (Photo by Lenard Smith Jr.)
Ariel Smith, Britt Sager (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Norman & Donna Lewis (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Amanda Seaberg, Natalie Mohtashami (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Spencer Smith, Nila Parvizian (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Christyn Breckenridge, Cyntara Sangers (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Laurie & Christopher DeClaire (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Beth Ballard, Sam Heller (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Avadah Ruth, Ryan O. Harris, Diego Valencia (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Carlos & Luvi Wheelock (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Janavi Folmsbee, Yvonamor Palix (Photo by Lenard Smith Jr.)
Natasha Stolte, Ryan Roller (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Rita & Carlos Kuri (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
The posh hangar at Hobby Airport’s Million Air FBO is typically filled with multi-million dollar private jets. But on this night, only a Learjet ($14 million) and a Challenger 604 ($30 million) remained, the other winged tenants moved to clear space for the sixth annual “Advocates Through Art Party.”
Despite a stormy night and impossible traffic, most of the 450 who were expected made it to the Children’s Assessment Center fundraiser and most agreed it was well worth the highway stress. The pristine hangar dressed in potted palms served the party well with some 65 artworks beautifully installed and four artists creating their masterpieces on the spot while guests with cocktails in hand perused the offerings.
Ali Davoudi, who co-owns Million Air with Roger Woolsey and whose wife, Haydeh, was one of the four chairs, remarked on the unexpected junction of private jets, fashion and philanthropy.
“This city has amazing people,” he said surveying the stylish throng. “They open their hearts and their wallets. Everything goes hand in hand.”
In fact, the evening, chaired also by Julie Kuo, Andrea Medina and Luvi Wheelock, raised more than $325,000 for CAC, both through the silent auction of the artworks and via a brief live auction that included a cocktail party, demonstration by chef Monica Pope. Speaking of cocktail bites, the team from Clark Cooper Concepts kept a delish array of hors d’oeuvres circulating throughout the night.
Artists contributing works to the curated auction included New Orleans wild child Ashley Longshore, the widely acclaimed Angelbert Metoyer and a signed printed page from Salvador Dali‘s Bible Series. Published values ranged from $45,000 to $600 with Justin Garcia‘s Children’s Art Therapy Project, Nicola Parente‘s Vista Lago and Steve Alexander‘s Reverb #2 among the works tempting those with deep and generous pockets.
Highlight for many in the mix was the opportunity to tour the two jets that remained in the hangar and dream of being a true jet setter. One among them who has long laid claim to that moniker was colorful mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, who a few years back was known to have owned three private jets including the impressive Challenger 600.
PC Seen: Art advisor Lara Rodgers, art curator Yvonamor Palix, art director Brian Freeze, CAC executive director Elaine Stolte, Vince Ryan, Phylllis Williams, Donna and Norman Lewis, Michelle and Bill Briggs, Rachel Bristow, Elizabeth and Zack Fertitta, Ericka Bagwell, Laurie and Christopher LeClaire, Ron Gremillion, Courtney and Logan Ledbetter, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda, Carlos Wheelock and Claudine Hartland.