Hillary Clinton has had a good week, with a well-received debate performance in Las Vegas and a rousing rally before a largely Latino crowd in San Antonio Thursday, where she was endorsed for president by former Mayor Julián Castro, who is currently the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Clinton celebrated Thursday night at a top-dollar fundraiser in Houston at the home of Amber and Steve Mostyn before a charged-up crowd of more than 200. "She was warm and effervescent," said one attendee. "Clearly, coming off the debate, everyone was fired up."
Guests paid $2,700 per person to attend the event and be photographed with Clinton at the Mostyn's Museum District home, which was decorated in a Halloween theme. The event was so popular that one insider said that a last-minute guest couldn't be accommodated because there was no room.
After the photography session, Clinton spoke for around 25 minutes, touching on what are expected to be key issues in the upcoming presidential campaign, including gun violence, immigration reform, voting rights and women's health care. She also voiced support for Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance.
The Mostyn's young daughter charmed the crowd by introducing Mayor Annise Parker, who then introduced Clinton.
The event was co-hosted by the Mostyns, Parker and wife, Kathy Hubbard, former Ambassador Arthur Schechter and wife, Joyce, attorney Carrin F. Patman and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Lee was unable to attend but was represented by her husband, Elwyn, and daughter, Harris County School Board trustee Erica S. Lee, with husband Roy L. Carter and their twins.
Among those spotted in the crowd were former Ambassdor Kit Ashby, who was Bill Clinton's college roommate, and wife, Amy, Harry and Macey Reasoner, Ty Kelly, Liz Crowell, Fannie Tapper, State Sen. Rodney Ellis, State Rep. Gene Wu, Nancy Powell Moore, Dr. Letitia Plummer and Karun Sreerama.
Also on hand were Dave Matthiesen, Andy Matthiesen, Poppi Massey, Nancy Henderek, Rita Lucido, Debra Baker, Earnest Wotring, Jan Woodward Fox, Collyn Peddie, Kate Day and Heather Brown.
By coincidence Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, was also in Houston Thursday for a panel at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and an appearance at the Houston Food Bank to promote her new book for young readers, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going," and her work on fighting hunger with the Clinton Foundation, according to the Houston Chronicle.
But Chelsea Clinton was not at the fundraiser and CultureMap could not confirm if Hillary Clinton met with her daughter before leaving Houston.