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Houstonians pack a picnic party for Memorial Park

Houstonians pack a picnic party for Memorial Park

Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Sam Seidel, Shannon Robinson, Justin Robinson
Sam Seidel, Shannon Robinson, Justin Robinson. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Sam Tucker, Allison Darden, Cat Jones, Peter Jones
Sam Tucker, Allison Darden, Cat Jones, Peter Jones. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Ben Lemming, Ashley Lemming
Ben Lemming, Ashley Lemming. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Alex Mousoudakis, Margaret Morris, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Ben Morris
Alex Mousoudakis, Margaret Morris, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Ben Morris.  Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Molly Jodeit, Jamie Ratliff, Cathy Jodiet, Jennifer Daly
Molly Jodeit, Jamie Ratliff, Cathy Jodiet, Jennifer Daly. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Maddox Lamme, Ben Atnipp, Alexa White
Maddox Lamme, Ben Atnipp, Alexa White. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Chip Earle, Meg Earle, Kathy Ferguson, Phil Ferguson
Chip Earle, Meg Earle, Kathy Ferguson, Phil Ferguson. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Sam Seidel, Shannon Robinson, Justin Robinson
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Sam Tucker, Allison Darden, Cat Jones, Peter Jones
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Ben Lemming, Ashley Lemming
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Alex Mousoudakis, Margaret Morris, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Ben Morris
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Molly Jodeit, Jamie Ratliff, Cathy Jodiet, Jennifer Daly
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Maddox Lamme, Ben Atnipp, Alexa White
Houston, Memorial Park Conservancy Picnic for the Park, February 2018, Chip Earle, Meg Earle, Kathy Ferguson, Phil Ferguson

What: Picnic for the Park

Where: The Forest Club

The scoop: Nearly 400 guests turned out for “Picnic for the Park," chaired by Rosanna and Myron Blalock, along with and Gayle and Richard Hightower. The annual gala, emceed by ABC 13 anchor Linda Lorelle, raised more than $375,000 for Memorial Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization created to restore, preserve, and enhance Memorial Park.

The evening featured a laid-back dress attire, deemed “bee casual, no ties,” and a French Country-inspired picnic complete with blue-checkered tablecloths, lavender, and wildflowers.

Attendees fueled up on rustic fare, including charcuterie and cheese, barbecue brisket, and fried shrimp — all packed in wicker picnic baskets —before hitting the dance floor to lively spins by DJ Damon Pampolina.

The party was a celebration of the Conservancy’s two-year anniversary of managing and operating Memorial Park, in partnership with Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the group’s Master Plan to improve the municipal green space.

The first phase of the Plan is a $36 million project currently underway in the Park’s Eastern Glades. Due to be completed in 2020, it includes the addition of more than 100 acres, a 5-acre lake, picnic areas, expansion of the Seymour Lieberman Running Trail, restroom facilities, and a food truck area.

Who: Honorary chairs Terry and Tommy Smith, Shellye Arnold, Tina Sabuco, Lou Gregory, Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Laurie and Blake Liedtke, Lisa and Downing Mears, Karol and Paul Barnhart, Judy and Charles Tate, Bonner and George Ball, Tammy and Steve Jenkins, Rita and James Koski, Beth and Zet White, Pam and John Breeding, Janet and Paul Hobby, and Robin and John Wombwell.

Also joining the fun were Councilman Mike Knox, Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, Councilman David Robinson, Councilman Jack Christie, and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen.