Society / The Seen

Houston Social Force Named the Queen of The Louvre by an Adoring French Press

With Her Own Memorial Manse Flooded, Becca Cason Thrash Feels the International Love

BY // 12.19.17

While Hurricane Harvey showed no mercy to John and Becca Cason Thrash, sending four feet of water into their Memorial area home, media from hometown Houston to Paris have since been bestowing beaucoup love on the charitable fundraising diva. The most recent is a generous spread in Paris’ Le Point, the French equivalent of Time or Newsweek, with the headline ” Becca Thrash, queen of the Louvre.”

Mon dieu! Who could ask for higher praise? After all, La Becca had already been decorated as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, that recognition bestowed in 2011 for her support of the Louvre and other French cultural concerns. To date, she has raised $13.4 million for the Louvre, alone.

Le Point muses in its five-page spread on Cason Thrash, “And yet, if the rooms devoted to 18th century decorative arts were entirely renovated in 2013, if Anne of Austria’s summer apartments which house the Etruscan and Roman galleries will soon be renovated as well, if the wall labels for 38,000 works of art on display will finally be reworked and translated into English, it is thanks to this extraordinary philanthropist and the spectacular charity galas that she organizes on behalf of the Louvre.” 

It was originally Henri Loyrette,  then director of the Louvre, who first bestowed the regal moniker, the “reine du Louvre,” on Cason Thrash. That was following the dinner she co–chaired in her home (yes, the one that flooded) in 2005 with Christopher Forbes, raising $600,000 for the iconic museum.

The contemporary home, large enough to seat several hundred for dinner, has been the scene of the city’s most lavish charitable parties over the past decades, each more memorable than the next. Who can forget the night that she floated a gondola in the indoor swimming pool for a Houston Grand Opera underwriter dinner, or the night that Marc Anthony performed on an outdoor stage after having dinner with guests supporting Best Buddies. Dancing with the Stars (Houston Ballet), Singing with the Stars (Houston Grand Opera), the Brilliant Lecture Series dinner with (swoon) George Clooney. And the benefit for Stages Repertory Theatre, attended by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka. The Best Buddies benefit dinner with Prince Albert of Monaco. The list is deliciously endless.

PaperCity saluted her prowess in the charitable fundraising arena this fall, in both print and on line, while the November/December issue of The Society Diaries put her on the cover and sang her praises for 10 full pages.

Alas, the the remarkable Cason Thrash party machine is on hiatus for the time being.

“You know I’m a refugee,” Cason Thrash told PaperCity at a recent party in River Oaks. “So I’m taking a little time off right now to adjust to urban life while we renovate, regroup and decide what to do with our house. So it will be a while. I won’t be hosting any parties for a while but I’ll be attending lots of them. So I don’t want to be left off of any invitation list!”

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