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Renowned mountaineer helps Denali Foundation gala climb to unexpected heights

Renowned mountaineer helps Denali Foundation gala climb to new heights

Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Jacqueline Smooke, Cindi Rose, Sequoia Di Angelo, Erica Rose
Jacqueline Smooke, Cindi Rose, Sequoia Di Angelo, Erica Rose. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Bill Wise, Marie Wise, Joby Graydon
Bill Wise, Marie Wise, Graydon Parrish. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Dana Kervin, Rama Barazi, Courtni Stryker
Dana Kervin, Rama Barazi, Courtni Stryker. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Douglas Acker, Sequoia Di Angelo, Charles Michaels, Dorris Michaels, Joby Ogwyn
Douglas Acker, Sequoia Di Angelo, Charles Michaels, Dorris Michaels, Joby Ogwyn. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Sherpa Tashi Lakpa, Beck Hassen, Leslie Wall Hassen, Dan Hassen
Sherpa Tashi Lakpa, Beck Hassen, Leslie Wall Hassen, Dan Hassen. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Meredith Cocke, Alexander Coke
eredith Cocke, Alexander Coke. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Sawsan Tabel, Dr. Nisa Dadjoo
 Sawsan Tabel, Dr. Nisa Dadjo. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Vivian Wise, Peter Martino
Vivian Wise, Peter Martino. Courtesy of The Denali Foundation
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Jacqueline Smooke, Cindi Rose, Sequoia Di Angelo, Erica Rose
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Bill Wise, Marie Wise, Joby Graydon
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Dana Kervin, Rama Barazi, Courtni Stryker
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Douglas Acker, Sequoia Di Angelo, Charles Michaels, Dorris Michaels, Joby Ogwyn
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Sherpa Tashi Lakpa, Beck Hassen, Leslie Wall Hassen, Dan Hassen
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Meredith Cocke, Alexander Coke
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Sawsan Tabel, Dr. Nisa Dadjoo
Denali Foundation gala, Feb. 2016, Vivian Wise, Peter Martino

What: Denali Foundation's Dream of Flight gala.

Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

The scoop: Headlining the second annual gala was renowned mountaineer and wingsuit flyer Joby Ogwyn, who lost most of his crew to an avalanche during work on filming his planned leap from Mount Everest.

Honored on the evening with the first Artist Distinction Award was Austin-based painter Graydon Parrish, who was presented the award by renowned jeweler Peter Martino. Also honored was sherpa Tashi Lakpa from Nepal. Part of the evening's proceeds were dedicated to building a Denali Arts and Education School in Nepal. 

The evening was chaired by Leslie Wall Hassen.

Who: Denali Foundation founder Sequoia Di Angelo, Marie and Bill Wise, Vivian Wise, Meredith Cocke, Alexander Cocke, Douglas Acker, Dana Kervin, Greg Harrison, Shadi Abedin, Cindi Rose and Erica Rose, clearly showing her baby bump.

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