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Conservancy celebrates 90th anniversary of Memorial Park with gala dinner — and donuts

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73 Ed and Lorraine Wulfe at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Honoree Ed Wulfe and wife Lorraine Wulfe at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
98 Wendy Craven from left, with Roger and Connie Plank at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Wendy Craven from left, with Roger and Connie Plank at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
88 Mayor Annise Parker, from left, Shellye Arnold and Tina Sabuco at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Mayor Annise Parker, from left, Shellye Arnold and Tina Sabuco at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
9 Hal Holliday and Anna Thomsen Holliday at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Hal Holliday and Anna Thomsen Holliday at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
174 Thomas Woltz at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Thomas Woltz at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
77 Gary Moss, from Ellen Cohen and Louise Moss at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Gary Moss, from City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen and Louise Moss. Photo by © Laurie Perez
41 Susan and Charles Wolcott at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Susan and Charles Wolcott at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
33 Rick and Marcie Craig at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Rick and Marcie Craig at the Memorial Park Conservancy dinner. Photo by © Laurie Perez
25 Debbie and Steve Costello at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Debbie and City Councilman Steve Costello. Photo by © Laurie Perez
22 Tammy and Steve Jenkins at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
Tammy and Steve Jenkins at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala. Photo by © Laurie Perez
73 Ed and Lorraine Wulfe at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
98 Wendy Craven from left, with Roger and Connie Plank at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
88 Mayor Annise Parker, from left, Shellye Arnold and Tina Sabuco at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
9 Hal Holliday and Anna Thomsen Holliday at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
174 Thomas Woltz at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
77 Gary Moss, from Ellen Cohen and Louise Moss at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
41 Susan and Charles Wolcott at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
33 Rick and Marcie Craig at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
25 Debbie and Steve Costello at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014
22 Tammy and Steve Jenkins at the Memorial Park Conservancy Gala February 2014

Way back in 1925, the famed Hogg family turned over the 1,500 acres that today comprise Memorial Park to the city of Houston for a nominal fee under condition that the space would remain parkland. Recently, the Memorial Park Conservancy celebrated the nine decades since with a dinner evening honoring developer Ed Wulfe and raising $400,000 for park projects.

Anna Thomsen Holliday chaired the evening held at a private club on the edge of the park devastated by the drought of 2011. Wulfe was honored for his role in facilitating the Uptown TIRZ boundary’s expansion to include Memorial Park, thereby providing financial support for the park’s master plan. 

Special guest was Thomas Woltz, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz, who jetted in from New York for the occasion.  Woltz, who has been hailed as one of the rising stars in landscape architecture, has been selected to develop the long-range master plan for Memorial Park. 

Receiving special honors on this evening was Boy Scout Troop 354, recognized with the 2014 Ima Hogg Service Award. 

The green-minded crowd included Mayor Annise Parker, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, Lorraine Wulfe, Anita and Welcome Wilson Jr., Connie and Roger Plank, Camille and Grier Patton, Elaine and Marvy Finger and City Councilmembers Stephen Costello, Ellen Cohen and David Robinson.

As guests headed home, they were given samples of those yummy River Oaks Donuts, compliments of the Hildrebrands, who own the shop. (Mindy is vice chair of the conservancy board.)

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