The Bon Temps Ball

Junior League lets the good times roll at two-night Mardi Gras gala with amazing auction items

Junior League lets the good times roll at two-night Mardi Gras gala

Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, talen show
Junior League members Bethany Buchanan, Elizabeth Karkowski and Emily Crocker rock the night.  Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Amy Dunn, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Mary Margaret Foerester
Amy Dunn, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Mary Margaret Foerster. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Oliver Tenhoeve, Julia Tenhoeve
Oliver Tenhoeve, Julia Tenhoeve with champagne femme. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Brent Howard, Jennifer Howard, Abby Khatiblou, Ali Khatiblou
 Brent Howard, Jennifer Howard, Abby Khatiblou, Ali Khatiblou. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Carol Landers, John Landers, Janet Jenkins, Forrest Jenkins
Carol Landers, John Landers, Janet Jenkins, Forrest Jenkins. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016,Katie Montgomery Mears, Whitney Mears
Katie Montgomery Mears, Whitney Mears. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Marc LaMond, Donna LaMond, Joni Fichter, Mark Fitcher
Marc LaMond, Donna LaMond, Joni Fichter, Mark Fitcher. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Anders Gibson, Julie Gibson, Sara Del Pozo, Ephraim Del Pozo
Anders Gibson, Julie Gibson, Sara del Pozo, Ephraim Del Pozo. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Beth Zdeblick, Kaye Horn, Mary Margaret Foerester
Beth Zdeblick, Kaye Horn, Mary Margaret Foerster Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Jon Daly, Jennifer Daly, Amy Dunn, Kevin Comiskey
Jon Daly, Jennifer Daly, Amy Dunn, Kevin Comiskey. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Michael Kezirian, Susanna Kise
Michael Kezirian, Susanna Kise. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Jeannie Chandler, Rob Chandler
Jeannie Chandler, Rob Chandler. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Rachel Regan, John Onstott
Rachel Regan, John Onstott. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Anna Lynch, Julie Danvers
Anna Lynch, Julie Danvers. Photo by Leah Wilson, Junior League of Houston
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, talen show
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Amy Dunn, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Mary Margaret Foerester
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Oliver Tenhoeve, Julia Tenhoeve
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Brent Howard, Jennifer Howard, Abby Khatiblou, Ali Khatiblou
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Carol Landers, John Landers, Janet Jenkins, Forrest Jenkins
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016,Katie Montgomery Mears, Whitney Mears
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Marc LaMond, Donna LaMond, Joni Fichter, Mark Fitcher
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Anders Gibson, Julie Gibson, Sara Del Pozo, Ephraim Del Pozo
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Beth Zdeblick, Kaye Horn, Mary Margaret Foerester
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Jon Daly, Jennifer Daly, Amy Dunn, Kevin Comiskey
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Michael Kezirian, Susanna Kise
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Jeannie Chandler, Rob Chandler
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Rachel Regan, John Onstott
Junior League Gala, Feb. 2016, Anna Lynch, Julie Danvers

Throughout the brick and mortar home of the Junior League of Houston, a New Orleans beat thrummed the night away as the annual Charity Ball adopted a Mardi Gras theme complete with showers of purple, green and gold beads; a Mardi Gras float; dueling pianos; and diamonds by the yard.

Yes, the diamonds, an 18-karat white gold and diamond disc pendant featuring 4.5 carats of diamonds on an 18-karat white gold diamonds by-the-yard chain chain, were the contribution of the league's community partner Tenenbaum Classic Jewelers. The jewels were one of several "gotta-have" auction items including luxurious getaways that added to proceeds of more than $900,000 for the Junior League of Houston's numerous community projects.

Applause, applause for the ladies who made the 68th annual Charity Ball a success — ball chair Amy Dunn; underwriting chair Shannon Addison; community partner chair Beth Zdeblick; ad sales chair Sarah Stuhldreher; and auction chair Melissa Nance.  Welcoming guests on the two-night, back-to-back fundraiser were the gala chair and Junior League president Mary Margaret "Mimi" Foerster.

Each night of the "Bon Temps Ball" featured New Orleans-themed bands, along with musical and variety acts presented by talented Junior League members as part of a bluesy dinner theater.

Tripping Mardi Gras style were Jeannie and Rob Chandler, Carol and John Landers, Janet and Forrest Jenkins, Sarah and Greg Nordin, Jennifer and John Daly, Kevin Comiskey, Julie and Anders Gibson, Sara and Ephraim del Pozo, and Katie Montgomery Mears and Whitney Mears.