Houston's Most Glamorous

Houston's most glamorous night of the year: Stunning $1.22 million Ballet Ball is all about those sexy masks

Houston's most glamorous night of the year: Magical $1.22 million gala

33 at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Troy and Allison Thacher, left, with Marcus and Heidi Smith.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Monsour Taghdisi and Harry Richardson at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Houston Ballet Ball chairs Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
38 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, left, with Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Houston Ballet Ball honorees Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, left, with artistic director Stanton Welch. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
28 Lucinda and Javier Loya at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Lucinda and Javier Loya in masks made for them by Hermes. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
36 Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 David Wuthrich, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
David Wuthrich, left, with Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2015
The million dollar evening looked like a million bucks thanks to Richard Flowers and The Events Co. Photo by Shelby Hodge
30 Monica & John Blaisdell at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
 Monica and John Blaisdell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Emily Bowen, Lauren Strongin, Sooyoun Cho, Allison Miller at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Emily Bowen, from left, Lauren Strongin, Sooyoun Cho and Allison Miller. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Ceron, Richard and Martha Finger, Taylor Hudgins at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Cerón, from left, Richard and Martha Finger and Taylor Hudgins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Tony Bradfield, Rachel Regan, Kevin Black at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Tony Bradfield, from left, Rachel Regan and Kevin Black. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Joanne King Herring and Geoffrey Connor at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Joanne King Herring and Geoffrey Connor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Alie & David Pruner at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Alie and David Pruner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
34 Y Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
37 Joyce Echols, Steve Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
32 Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
31 Courtney Hopson, Neil Hamil and Christy Sullivan at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Courtney Hopson, from left, Neal Hamil and Christie Sullivan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
35 Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, left, with Millette Sherman at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, left, with Millette Sherman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
29 Bridgitte & Eugene Lee at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Bridgitte and Eugene Lee. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
33 at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
4 Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Monsour Taghdisi and Harry Richardson at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
38 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, left, with Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
28 Lucinda and Javier Loya at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
36 Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
6 David Wuthrich, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, Feb. 2015
30 Monica & John Blaisdell at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
10 Emily Bowen, Lauren Strongin, Sooyoun Cho, Allison Miller at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
11 Ceron, Richard and Martha Finger, Taylor Hudgins at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
15 Tony Bradfield, Rachel Regan, Kevin Black at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
20 Joanne King Herring and Geoffrey Connor at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
21 Alie & David Pruner at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
34 Y Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
14 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
37 Joyce Echols, Steve Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
32 Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
22 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
31 Courtney Hopson, Neil Hamil and Christy Sullivan at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
35 Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, left, with Millette Sherman at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
29 Bridgitte & Eugene Lee at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015

It might have been Ash Wednesday but the ooh-la-la factor was over the top at Houston Ballet's "The Masked Ball" as revelers extended pre-Lenten celebrations for the dazzling million dollar evening which suggested that Wednesday is the new Saturday for black-tie galas.

Not since the last Wednesday night Ballet Ball in 2012 have the gross proceeds topped $1 million. Applause, applause for 2015 chairs Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi, who nudged that record $1.25 million.

 A score of crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling and mirrored tabletops were dressed with a profusion of crystal candelabras. No flowers necessary.  

The nod to Houston Ballet's world premiere of Stanton Welch's Romeo and Juliet, opening Feb. 26, was as glorious a black-tie gala as ever, starting with the dramatic decor by Richard Flowers and The Events Co. The Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer was entirely draped, ceiling to floor, in black velvet and up-lighted in blue. A score of crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling and mirrored tabletops were dressed with a profusion of crystal candelabras. No flowers necessary. 

Highlight of the decor was the massive LED screen above the band (think football stadium massive), designed like a gilded mirror. A camera at the base of the "mirror" projected live images of the ballroom onto the screen. 

"It's the most glamorous night of the year," noted Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson. "It's a celebration and it's just such an honor to honor Phoebe and Bobby (Tudor) . . . It's our second largest fundraiser of our season every year, right behind the Nutcracker Market. And this is going to be a second record setting evening tonight."

The dramatic ballroom decor was the perfect backdrop for the plethora of inspired masks that guests wore including Lucinda and Javier Loya, whose masks were made by Hermes in New York; honoree Bobby Tudor's by Kate McNee of New Orleans; Phoebe Tudor's red lace mask made to match her red Carolina Herrera gown by Cathy Rascoe; and Celina Hellmund's mask by Judith Leiber, a match for her masked minaudiere, also by Leiber.

(Stay tuned for a look at more masked revelers in an upcoming article.)

Adding to the proceeds beyond the silent auction, where dinner at the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash sold for $36,000, was the live auction of two items that brought in a total of $84,000. While Becca handled the auction gavel, KPRC Channel 2 anchor Dominique Sachse modeled the sapphire and diamond necklace donated to the live auction by Tenenbaum & Co. (Becca and John and Gregory and Pat Burk chaired the 2012 ball.)

Further adding to the proceeds was Diane Lokey Farb, who underwrote the cost of the fab Party on the Moon band.

The glam crowd included Lynn Wyatt, Anne and Albert Chao, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, David Wuthrich, Monica and John Blaisdell, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Linda McReynolds, Pat Breen, Ceron, Leigh and Reggie Smith, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Jacqueline and Leon Kinloch, Neil Hamil, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw and Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt.