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Grier and Camille Patton, from left, and Tammy and Steve Jenkins at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Grier and Camille Patton, left, withTammy and Steve Jenkins. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Terra and Bob Nicolay at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Terra and Bob Nicolay. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Stuart and Anne Coco, from left, and Carmela and Richard Lummis  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Stuart and Anne Coco, left, with Carmela and Richard Lummis. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Steve and Kate Gibson, from left, and Janet and Paul Hobby  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Steve and Kate Gibson, left, with Janet and Paul Hobby. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Wendy and Jeff Hines  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Wendy and Jeff Hines. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Scott and Erin Meyers, from left, and Robyn and Pete Underwood  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Scott and Erin Meyers, left, with Robyn and Pete Underwood. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Julie Moorehead, from left, Shana Wood and Mindy Hildebrand  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Julie Moorehead, from left, Shana Wood and Mindy Hildebrand. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Kelli and Eddy Blanton  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Kelli and Eddy Blanton. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Tammy and Joel Cowley at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Tammy and Joel Cowley. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Dena Prasher, left, and Tana Wood at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Dena Prasher, left, and Tana Wood. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lou Gregory and Linda Lorell at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Lou Gregory and Linda Lorelle. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Jack Lyons at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Jack Lyons. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Andrea and Bill White at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Andrea and Bill White. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Barbara and Louis Sklar at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Barbara and Louis Sklar. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Bob and Sally Mansell, from left, and Gayle and Richard Hightower at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Bob and Sally Mansell, left, with Gayle and Richard Hightower. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Grier and Camille Patton, from left, and Tammy and Steve Jenkins at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Terra and Bob Nicolay at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Stuart and Anne Coco, from left, and Carmela and Richard Lummis  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Steve and Kate Gibson, from left, and Janet and Paul Hobby  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Wendy and Jeff Hines  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Scott and Erin Meyers, from left, and Robyn and Pete Underwood  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Julie Moorehead, from left, Shana Wood and Mindy Hildebrand  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Kelli and Eddy Blanton  at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Tammy and Joel Cowley at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Dena Prasher, left, and Tana Wood at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Lou Gregory and Linda Lorell at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Jack Lyons at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Andrea and Bill White at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Barbara and Louis Sklar at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015
Bob and Sally Mansell, from left, and Gayle and Richard Hightower at the Memorial Park Conservancy benefit February 2015

What: Memorial Park Conservancy's annual Green Gala.

Where: The Memorial Park Running Trails Center.

The 411: The fundraiser, "Lasso Your Heart for the Park," attended by 400 western-attired guests, spread from the new center into party tents that lapped the edges of the inner-city green space.

Tammy Jenkins and Camille Patton chaired the evening that raised $350,000 for park coffers and saluted the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for its longtime support of the conservancy. For almost six decades, Memorial Park has served as the wayside for trail riders on their way to the annual rodeo parade in downtown.

City Kitchen provided the western-themed dinner (love those jalapeno cheese grits and duco tacos with avocados!) while Austin-based Wood & Wire delivered the sounds that kept guests boot scootin' through the party landscape. As part of the festivities, Crestwood Garden Club was awarded the 2015 Ima Hogg Service Award.

Who: Tammy and Steve Jenkins, Nina and Jack Lyons, Mindy Hildebrand, Kate and Steve Gibson, Andrea and Bill White, Janet and Paul Hobby, Grier Patton, Steve Jenkins, City Council members Ellen Cohen and Oliver Pennington and Meg and Dick Weekley.