Swanky New Oil Club

Even as oil prices tank, a new Petroleum Club soars: VIP skyscraper perch & gold champagne girl wow

Even as oil prices tank, new Petroleum Club soars: VIP skyscraper wows

2 Daniel Moreno, left, with Allison and Tommy Edwards at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Daniel Moreno, left, with Allison and Tommy Edwards. Photo by © Dave Rossman
11 Madeline Kiley at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Madeline Kiley. Photo by © Dave Rossman
21 Kathy and Ted Zwieg at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Kathy and Ted Zwieg. Photo by © Dave Rossman
15 Mike and Kate Amtonov, from left, and Anastasia and Preston Marshall at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Mike and Kate Amtonov, from left, and Anastasia and Preston Marshall. Photo by © Dave Rossman
20 Taryn and Andy Melgoza at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Taryn and Andy Melgoza. Photo by © Dave Rossman
18 Scott and Kim Widham at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Scott and Kim Widham. Photo by © Dave Rossman
17 Sachi and Tomo Takeda at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Sachi and Tomo Takeda. Photo by © Dave Rossman
16 Randall Walker, from left, Rusty Bienvenue and Sylvia and Brian Malarkey at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Randall Walker, from left, Rusty Bienvenue and Sylvia and Brian Malarkey. Photo by © Dave Rossman
12 Magan M. Hunt, from left, Lynn Birdwell and Megan O’Sullivan at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Magan M. Hunt, from left, Lynn Birdwell and Megan O’Sullivan. Photo by © Dave Rossman
10 Julia and John Stallcup at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Julia and John Stallcup. Photo by © Dave Rossman
9 Judy and Darby Seré at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Judy and Darby Seré. Photo by © Dave Rossman
1 Carrie Lust, from left, Robin Rucker and Chris Olexy at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Carrie Lust, from left, Robin Rucker and Chris Olexy. Photo by © Dave Rossman
3 David and Maryam Cooley, from left, and Jayne and Rex Richardson at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
David and Maryam Cooley, from left, and Jayne and Rex Richardson. Photo by © Dave Rossman
7 Jennifer Gasser and Jared Broderick at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Jennifer Gasser and Jared Broderick. Photo by © Dave Rossman
6 Jeanine Lanoux and Jim Rees at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Jeanine Lanoux and Jim Rees. Photo by © Dave Rossman
5 Frank and Suzi Hauser at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
Frank and Suzi Hauser. Photo by © Dave Rossman
2 Daniel Moreno, left, with Allison and Tommy Edwards at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
11 Madeline Kiley at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
21 Kathy and Ted Zwieg at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
15 Mike and Kate Amtonov, from left, and Anastasia and Preston Marshall at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
20 Taryn and Andy Melgoza at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
18 Scott and Kim Widham at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
17 Sachi and Tomo Takeda at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
16 Randall Walker, from left, Rusty Bienvenue and Sylvia and Brian Malarkey at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
12 Magan M. Hunt, from left, Lynn Birdwell and Megan O’Sullivan at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
10 Julia and John Stallcup at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
9 Judy and Darby Seré at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
1 Carrie Lust, from left, Robin Rucker and Chris Olexy at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
3 David and Maryam Cooley, from left, and Jayne and Rex Richardson at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
7 Jennifer Gasser and Jared Broderick at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
6 Jeanine Lanoux and Jim Rees at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015
5 Frank and Suzi Hauser at the Petroleum Club of Houston Grand Opening Celebration February 2015

Excitement over the swank setting trumped nostalgia when the Petroleum Club of Houston celebrated the grand opening of its new location atop the 35-story Total Plaza. In addition to comforting memorabilia from the original, grand views of the downtown skyline from the new perch were not unlike those of the club's previous home at the ExxonMobil Building.

Thus, it was a happy time for more than 300 members who turned out for the black-tie dinner and dance. Allison and Tommy Edwards and Daniel Moreno did the ribbon cutting honors that opened the party gates on the evening dubbed "A Black Gold Affair." In homage to the gilded oil field days, guests were greeted by a woman in a gold gown with a skirt comprised of scores of champagne flutes filled with bubbly.

 In homage to the gilded oil field days, guests were greeted by a woman in a gold gown with a skirt comprised of scores of champagne flutes. 

There were applause aplenty for Judy Seré, who received the Member of the Year award for her successful efforts at overseeing design of the club's interiors. That meant skillfully preserving historical design elements and artwork from the storied club that was founded in the early 1960s.

The inaugural frolic included dinner and dancing to the sounds of Doppleganger in the large ballroom, sampling from a sushi bar in a second ballroom and grazing through a dessert room. The latter included oodles of mini-sweets, a 10-foot tall cheese display and an espresso bar with two baristas.

Preserving the opening of this new generation Petroleum Club, the Young Professionals Association organized a time capsule that included a brief documentary on the new club by Magan Hunt and Lynn Birdwell.

The party crowd included Claudia and Ford Frost, Kathy and Ted Zwieg, Debbie and David Edwards, Randall Walker, Sylvia and Brian Malarkey, Karen and Reese Lockett, Chris Olexy, Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre, Mary Jane Zumo and Colette and Michael Leonard.

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