Morgan Daugherty, Bethany Buchanan performing at the Junior League of Houston gala in early February.(Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Jamila Hodge (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Junior League of Houston members reveal their hidden talents at the Charity Ball. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Highlight the Charity Ball entertainment for decades, the 2020 show as produced by Dylan Godwin and Logan Keslar. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Kobi Morton (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Richard & Mary Lee Wilkens (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Terry & Amanda Boffone (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Rachel Regan (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Michelle Sorrentino, Megan Hotze (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Matt Brase, Ashlee Kilchrist (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Jordan & Megan Brown, Emily & Kolby Wahl (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Kelli Burroughs, Anthony Broussard (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Charlie & Carol Herder (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Bramble & Bee created the hanging floral display that welcomed guests as they entered the Junior League. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Charlie & Kelly Beth Hapgood (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
The Junior League of Houston executive committee which oversees the league's annual community contributions of $2 million in both volunteer time and financial support to 35 community projects. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Justin & Dipali Patel Ely (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Junior League of Houston president Jayne Johnston at the League's annual Charity Ball. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Alexander & Elizabeth Dwyer (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Jennifer Howard, Beth Zdeblick (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Ben & Bethany Buchanan (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
Raffle sponsor Tenenbaum Jewelers creates the Buccellati Blossom Bar (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
For two consecutive nights, the Junior League ballroom is packed with Charity Ball supporters. (Photo by Emile C. Browne)
With Houston azaleas blooming well in advance of the season, the flower-infused “Secret Garden” theme of the Junior League of Houston’s annual Charity Ball(s) beautifully echoed the colorful tableau taking place on the building grounds. It was a fertile endeavor with the back-to-back gala evenings bringing in more than $800,000.
The nights of philanthropy in bloom saw all corners of the Junior League dressed in florals starting with guests’ arrival beneath a canopy of hanging roses, stock, greenery and other flowers. Kudos to Bramble & Bee for the fragrant entry. Throughout the club itself, Swift + Company cloaked the surroundings in blossoms. There were floral archways, topiaries and garden inspired vignettes.
The most anticipated aspect of this dinner evening is the talent show which has highlighted most of the previous 71 Charity Balls. The repertoire of members’ not-so-hidden talents included singers, dancers (some in ballet shoes), a pianist and a cellist. Winning a standing ovation for their mash-up of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Kissed by a Rose” were Morgan Daugherty and Jamila Hodge. The show was produced by Dylan Godwin, a member of the Alley Theatre’s resident acting company, and Broadway veteran Logan Keslar.
Bringing the 2020 Charity Ball to fruition were ball chair Mary Lee Hackedorn Wilkens, auction chair Lora Knapp Smith, community partner chair Amanda Boffone, decorations chair Amy Strickland, entertainment chair Emily-Frances McAdams, invitations/reservations chair Sally Anne Schmidt, and underwriting chair Semmes Burns.
PC Seen: Julie and Matthew Baughman, Ginger Baldwin, Bethany and Ben Buchanan, Marian Hilpert, Jayne and Garrett Johnston, Elizabeth and Alexander Dwyer, Savanna and David Bowman, Amy Dunn Comiskey, Carol and Charlie Herder, Jennifer Howard, Terry Boffone, Richard Wilkens, Beth Zdeblick, Megan and Jordan Brown, and Emily and Kolby Wahl.