Houston Ballet principal Carlos Quenedit, Allison Thacker, ballet principal Jessica Collado
Leigh Smith, Stephanie Tsuru
Stephen & Kelley Lubanko
Diane Lokey Farb, Jim Nelson
Beth Zdeblick, Christina Stith
Jennifer & Doug Bosch
Jeremy & Amy LeBlanc Cloud
Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious
Jo Furr, Shawn Stephens
Norman & Donna Lewis
Phoebe Tudor, Gina Bhatia
Jennifer Gravenor, Drs. Ishwaria & Vivek Subbiah
Talia Kallop, Melissa Juneau, Maya Pomroy
Tripp Carter, Nancy Allen
Ann Trammell, Pene Moore
Alisson de Monteclain
The patio at Balthazar Cellars
What: Houston Ballet Ball launch
Where: Balthazar Cellars
PC Moment: As if the grandeur of this luxe wine storage facility was not special enough, The Events Company, which will decorate for the February 9, 2019, ballet ball, provided a fanciful glimpse of the Grecian-inspired decor planned for the “Heroes, Gods and Stars” themed evening. The magical theme is inspired by the premiere of Sylvia, the latest contribution by Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch. Also in a nod to the theme, City Kitchen, which is booked for the ball, provided an array of Greek-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
Contributing to the elegance of the evening were the classical guitar sounds of Mark Moore, a sparkling display of to-die-for jewelry from Tenenbaum Jewelers, and flames dancing about in the 35-foot linear fireplace. Dreamy, yes.
Ball chairs Kelley and Stephen Lubanko and Leigh and Reggie Smith welcomed the coterie of ballet supporters including Leticia Loya, who will be honored at the ball and will share the spotlight with corporate honoree ConocoPhillips. On this night, Diane Lokey Farb, who loves to dance, received special thanks for her contribution of once again underwriting the entertainment. The rocking party band The Big Beyond will light up the night.
Houston Wine Merchant joined the party by bringing in Alisson de Monteclain, brand ambassador for importer Bonnete, provided three special wines for guests to taste: Chateau Pessan, a red Bordeaux Graves: M de Malle, a white Bordeaux Graves: and Chateau de Malle Sauternes. That nicely folded into the Ballet Ball Wine Cellar for which supporters are invited to contribute collectible wines and which will be in the silent auction at the ball.
PC Seen: Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, ballet board president Shawn Stephens, Jennifer and Doug Bosch, Phoebe Tudor, Donna and Norman Lewis, Nancy Allen, Jo and Jim Furr, Fady Armanious and Bill Baldwin, Beth Zdeblick, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Jennifer Gravenor, and Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah.