The typically sedate environs of the River Oaks Country Club ballroom sizzled to a Havana-inspired beat when the Good Samaritan Foundation celebrated the 27th annual Pearl Ball, which was themed "Havana Nights."
The Mambo Jazz Kings set the heated tone of the evening, turning up the decibels even before dinner while a handful of carnival-style dancers posed for photos with guests. And just at the 250 black-tie attendees sat down for dinner, the dancers presented a shake-your-booty routine accompanied to the sounds of the sexy bongo musician. Thank you J&D Entertainment for the spicy prelude to dinner. Loved the Bergner & Johnson mini-palm trees that sprouted from tabletops and the fruit bowls laced with flowers.
Just as the 250 black-tie attendees sat down for dinner, the dancers presented a shake-your-booty routine.
Jenny and Chris Johnson chaired the dinner dance with Julie and Drew Sudduth while Shelli and Steve Lindley took bows as honorees, recognized for their long-standing support of the foundation which provides programs and scholarships that support excellence in nursing. Good Samaritan scholar Dawna Innis shared her story of how foundation support helped her earn her nursing degree which led to a 30-year career in the field.
Once the dinner and the brief program was finished, the Mambo Kings took back the stage and kept the dance floor jumping.
Foundation supporters included Courtney Hill Fertitta and foundation president Jason Fertitta, Susie and Mel Glasscock, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Kara and Dax Sanders, Mary and John Eads, Colleen and David Marks, Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Lauren and Warren Harris and foundation program director Melissa King.