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$1 Million For Partying

$1 million for three nights of partying? Believe it — this Chinese New Year dragon party spree delivers

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9 Kevin Black, from left, Tim and Marian Hilpert and Tony Bradfield at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Kevin Black, from left, Tim and Marian Hilpert and Tony Bradfield at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
10 Kim and Ron Hankamer at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Kim and Ron Hankamer at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
2 Amy Dunn, from left, Catherine Smith, Whitney Walsh, Jennifer Daly and Katie Mears at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Amy Dunn, from left, Catherine Smith, Whitney Walsh, Jennifer Daly and Katie Mears at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
3 Collin and Jacquelyn Cox, from left, and Maidie Ryan  and Clayton Walberg at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Collin and Jacquelyn Cox, from left, and Maidie Ryan and Clayton Walberg at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
12 Jarrod and Mimi Foerster at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Jarrod and Mimi Foerster at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
15 Tennenbaum cuff at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Tenenbaum & Co. cuff auctioned at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
13 Nicole and Chris Walters at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Nicole and Chris Walters at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
8 Jen Daly, from left, John Scales, Dr. Olutoyin Olutoye and Gracie McClure at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Jen Daly, from left, John Scales, Dr. Olutoyin Olutoye and Gracie McClure at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
6 Jason and Liz Love, from left, and Rachel and Tom Regan at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Jason and Liz Love, from left, and Rachel and Tom Regan at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
16 Betty and Ron Hearne, from left, and Vicki and Cengiz Satir at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Betty and Ron Hearne, left, with Vicki and Cengiz Satir at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
4 Cynthia and John Onstott at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
Cynthia and John Onstott at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
5 The decor at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
The design was "Imperial Dragon" at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball. Photo by Michael Martinez
9 Kevin Black, from left, Tim and Marian Hilpert and Tony Bradfield at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
10 Kim and Ron Hankamer at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
2 Amy Dunn, from left, Catherine Smith, Whitney Walsh, Jennifer Daly and Katie Mears at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
3 Collin and Jacquelyn Cox, from left, and Maidie Ryan  and Clayton Walberg at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
12 Jarrod and Mimi Foerster at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
15 Tennenbaum cuff at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
13 Nicole and Chris Walters at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
8 Jen Daly, from left, John Scales, Dr. Olutoyin Olutoye and Gracie McClure at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
6 Jason and Liz Love, from left, and Rachel and Tom Regan at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
16 Betty and Ron Hearne, from left, and Vicki and Cengiz Satir at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
4 Cynthia and John Onstott at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014
5 The decor at the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball February 2014

Nothing like a gyrating Chinese dragon and the accompanying cacophony of cymbals and drums to enliven an evening. Just ask the hundreds of guests pouring into the Junior League of Houston headquarters for three consecutive sold-out evenings of gala fun that raised more than $1 million, a JLH record.

The 66th annual Charity Ball played out in full black-tie splendor on Friday and Saturday nights. The cocktail-attire crowd on Thursday was treated to a preview of the action-packed gala that featured music and dance performances by league members and a sprinkling of talented gents. Three femmes on hand each of the three nights to insure perfection were Junior League of Houston president Marian Hearne Hilpert, Charity Ball chair Whitney Anderson Walsh and underwriting chair Catherine Beaton Smith.

The party scene spread across the Junior League building and spilled over into the party tent decorated to the hilt in gilded Chinese trappings with the emphasis on dragons. In fact, one of the two live auction items was a bejeweled dragon cuff featuring a dragon's head carved from antique coral. Tenenbaum & Co. designed the piece, valued at $66,000, specifically for the Junior League gala and donated it outright. Likewise Sewell Automotive Companies provided "A Car for All Seasons," meaning that the high bidder could select a car of his or her choice from Sewell dealerships four times a year to drive for a season.

Reveling in the Chinese New Year theme Maidie Ryan and Clayton Walberg, Jacquelyn and Collin Cox, Cynthia and John Onstott, Nicole and Chris Walters, Liz and Jason Love, Rachel and Tom Regan, Kim and Ron Hankamer, John Scales, Mimi and Jarrod Foerster and Betty and Ron Hearne.

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