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Houston's most glamorous gala: Anticipation builds for the party of the season — a florist's dream

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2 Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Lynda Whin and Jim Daniel HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Lynda Chin and Jim Daniel HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Susan Krohn, left, and Catherine Kaldis at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Susan Krohn, left, and Catherine Kaldis at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Susan Stasney, from left, Dr. C. Richard Stasney and Alice Burguieres HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Susan and Dr. Dick Stasney, from left, with Alice Burguieres at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Brady and Elizabeth Carruth at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Brady and Elizabeth Carruth at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Michelle and Frank Hevrdejes at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Dr. Alan Bentz and Sallymoon Bentz at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Dr. Alan Bentz and Sallymoon Bentz at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Joanne King Herring, from left, Cammy Jones, Alice Burguieres and Marie LeNotre HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Joanne King Herring, from left, Cammy Jones, Alice Burguieres and Marie LeNotre HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Christopher and Amy Miller at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Christopher and Amy Miller at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 Illeana and Michael Trevino at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Illeana and Michael Trevino at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Astley and Alex Blair at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Astley and Alex Blair at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Stuart and Gaye Lynn Zarrow at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Stuart and Gaye Lynn Zarrow at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Gina and Mark Metts at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Gina and Mark Metts at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Jerry Woodfin and Victor Costa at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Jerry Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Jo and Jim Furr at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
Jo and Jim Furr at the HGO Opera Ball kick-off party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Lynda Whin and Jim Daniel HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
5 Susan Krohn, left, and Catherine Kaldis at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
16 Susan Stasney, from left, Dr. C. Richard Stasney and Alice Burguieres HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
17 Brady and Elizabeth Carruth at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
12 Michelle and Frank Hevrdejes at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
15 Dr. Alan Bentz and Sallymoon Bentz at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
13 Joanne King Herring, from left, Cammy Jones, Alice Burguieres and Marie LeNotre HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
11 Christopher and Amy Miller at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
8 Illeana and Michael Trevino at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
4 Astley and Alex Blair at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
9 Stuart and Gaye Lynn Zarrow at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
7 Gina and Mark Metts at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
6 Jerry Woodfin and Victor Costa at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014
10 Jo and Jim Furr at the HGO Opera ball kick-off party January 2014

With Fleurs de l'Opera as the theme for the upcoming Houston Grand Opera ball, it should be no surprise that on departure from the gala kickoff party, guests were presented with bouquets of miniature roses to accompany their save-the-date cards.

In fact, the Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer is expected to be filled with thousands upon thousands of flowers for the April 5 soirée. The Events Co., which provided the nosegays, will be decorating the vast space for what is traditionally one of the most glamorous evenings of the season. Expect cascading flowers illuminated by crystal chandeliers.

Susan Krohn opened her River Oaks chateau for the evening during which HGO's managing director Perryn Leech and ball chair Margaret Alkek Williams shared some of those floral tidbits. Joining the chair in organizing the event are auction chairs Isabel and Danny David, wine auction co-chairs Mary and Dr. Mark D'Andrea and Valerie and Tracy Dieterich and entertainment underwriters Sue and Lester Smith. And as you know, when the Smiths are involved there are certain to be surprises, just as Leech and Williams promised.

Joining the festive early evening were guests including Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs, Drs. Lynda Chin and Ron DePinho, Danielle and John Ellis, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Alex and Astley Blair, Susan and Dr. Dick Stasney, Terrie and Mike Turner and Anne and Albert Chao.

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