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Houston's Icepocalypse cannot keep big donors away from Rienzi's $300,000 night

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Rienzi Society dinner chairs Skip and Susie McGee, left, and Suzanne and Dixon Montague. Photo by Jenny Antill
Wally Wilson and Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, from left, Gary Tinterow and John Kotts at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Wally Wilson and Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, from left, Gary Tinterow and John Kotts at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Victor Costa and Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa, from left, Muffet Blake and Robert Murray at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Victor Costa and Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa, left, with Muffet Blake and Robert Murray at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Tommy Reckling, from left, Mike Bonini, Luke McConn and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Tommy Reckling, from left, Mike Bonini, Luke McConn and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Stephanie Tucker, from left, Bill Finnegan and Molly and Ken Delery at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Stephanie Tucker, from left, Bill Finnegan and Molly and Ken Delery at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Cliffe Reckling, from left, with Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Cliffe Reckling, from left, with Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Patti Burke, from left, Fran Fauntleroy and Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Patti Burke, from left, Fran Fauntleroy and Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Michael and Susan Bloome, from left, with Kath and George Howe at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Michael and Susan Bloome, from left, with Katherine and George Howe at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Pat Breen, from left, Gary Tinterow and Rose Cullen at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Pat Breen, from left, Gary Tinterow and Rose Cullen at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Marilyn Winters, from left, JoLynn Town, Skip McGee and Paige Johnson at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Marilyn Winters, from left, JoLynn Towns, Skip McGee and Paige Johnson at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lisa Eads, from left, Cyvia Wolff, Eleni Fuller and Cindy Thorp at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Lisa Eads, from left, Cyvia Wolff, Eleni Fuller and Cindy Thorp at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Susie McGee, from left, Elise Reckling and Carroll Goodman at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Susie McGee, from left, Elise Reckling and Carroll Goodman at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Judy Margolis, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Judy Margolis, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Margot Trevino, from left, Charles Rosson and Carrie and James Leader at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Margot Trevino, from left, Charles Rosson and Carrie and James Leader at the Rienzi Society dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
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Wally Wilson and Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, from left, Gary Tinterow and John Kotts at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Victor Costa and Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa, from left, Muffet Blake and Robert Murray at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Tommy Reckling, from left, Mike Bonini, Luke McConn and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Stephanie Tucker, from left, Bill Finnegan and Molly and Ken Delery at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Cliffe Reckling, from left, with Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Patti Burke, from left, Fran Fauntleroy and Elise and James Reckling at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Michael and Susan Bloome, from left, with Kath and George Howe at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Pat Breen, from left, Gary Tinterow and Rose Cullen at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Marilyn Winters, from left, JoLynn Town, Skip McGee and Paige Johnson at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Lisa Eads, from left, Cyvia Wolff, Eleni Fuller and Cindy Thorp at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Susie McGee, from left, Elise Reckling and Carroll Goodman at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Judy Margolis, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014
Margot Trevino, from left, Charles Rosson and Carrie and James Leader at the Rienzi Society dinner January 2014

Neither rain, nor sleet nor forecasts for the icepocalypse could keep Rienzi supporters from their rounds on Tuesday night. The 14th annual Rienzi Society dinner drew a stalwart, and shall we say very well-dressed, gathering of 90 who braved the elements to raise $300,000.

The funds were used to purchase a pair of Bergeres (upholstered French arm chairs) for Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum. The elegant chairs were voted on by members of the society as their favorite for acquisition from a selection of fine European decorative arts and paintings assembled by Rienzi curators.

Once that purchase was settled, Rienzi director Katherine Howe announced that generous members of the society had pooled their funds to come up with enough dollars to also purchase a ewer depicting cavaliers in battle, the second most-wanted piece.

The black-tie dinner was chaired by Susie and Skip McGee and Suzanne and Dixon Montague, who selected Elizabeth Swift's Swift + Company to provide the very elegant three-course dinner.

Among guests welcomed by MFAH director Gary Tinterow and development director Amy Purvis were Isla and Tommy Reckling, Pat Breen, Ann Trammell, Christiana and Luke McConn, Carroll Goodman, Margaret Alkek Williams, Cindy and Jim Thorp, Elise and James Reckling, Judy Margolis and Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff.

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