Closing In On $1 Million

'Gala on the Green' heats up an otherwise chilly night with nearly $1 million for Discovery Green

'Gala on the Green' heats up chilly night with $1 million fundraiser

Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Randa Duncan Williams, Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
Discovery Green 'Gala on the Green' chairs Randa Duncan Williams, Michael Trevino and Ileana Trevino. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Anne Duncan. Charles Duncan
Anne and Charles Duncan. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Bobbie Nau, John Nau
Bobbie and John Nau. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Amanda Edwards, Breaux Williams, Jackie Martin, Barry Mandel
Amanda Edwards, Breaux Williams, Jackie Martin, Barry Mandel. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Drew Sudduth, julie Sudduth
Drew Sudduth, Julie Sudduth. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,
Lush decor fills the 'Gala on the Green' tent. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Roxanne Neumann, Tim Neumann
Roxanne Neumann, Tim Neumann. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder
Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,  Lisa Wallace, Barron Wallace
Lisa Wallace, Barron Wallace. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,  Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich
Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Thomas Roberts, Cyndy Garza Roberts
Thomas Roberts,  Cyndy Garza Roberts. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, David Mincberg, Lainie Gordon
David Mincberg, Lainie Gordon. Photo by Dave Rossman
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Randa Duncan Williams, Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Anne Duncan. Charles Duncan
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Bobbie Nau, John Nau
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Amanda Edwards, Breaux Williams, Jackie Martin, Barry Mandel
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Drew Sudduth, julie Sudduth
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Roxanne Neumann, Tim Neumann
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,  Lisa Wallace, Barron Wallace
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016,  Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, Thomas Roberts, Cyndy Garza Roberts
Discovery Green, Gala on the Green, Feb. 2016, David Mincberg, Lainie Gordon

It was a perfect night for pulling out the furs on Saturday, not particularly perfect for an outdoor cocktail reception. Nevertheless, the black-tie throng of 450 genially toasted Discovery Green while mingling beneath the 100-year-old oaks along the Brown Foundation Promenade.

The biennial "Gala on the Green" evening began al fresco before the action moved into a party tent that was so beautifully decorated in vines and green LED lighting that one could have easily mistaken the tent interiors for a lush orangerie, decor by A Memorable Event. And with Tony's catering serving the masterful dinner, one couldn't help but have visions of the legendary Tavern on the Green.

Applause, applause for gala chairs Randa Duncan Williams and Ileana and Michael Trevino, who shepherded the evening to $991,000 in proceeds. The largesse of supporters was due in no small part to the honorees — much-admired philanthropist Anne Duncan and prominent civic leader John Nau, Silver Eagle Distributors president and CEO.

The divinely brief program, emceed by KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Dominique Sachse, included remarks by Discovery Green board chair Larry Faulkner and presentation of the awards by Discovery Green president Barry Mandel.

Queuing up for the sounds of Professor D party band were guests including Nancy and Rich Kinder, Donna and Tony Vallone, Saundria and Jerome Gray, Roxanne and Tim Neumann, Nick Florescu, Margaret Alkek Williams, David Wuthrich, Mary and Oscar Sciola, Susanne Theis, Isabel and Danny David, Zane and Brady Carruth and Katie and Pat Oxford.

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