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.