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14 Mark Seliger, from left, Cheryl Boblitt, Kyrstin Boblitt and Bob Boblitt at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Famed photographer Mark Seliger, from left, Cheryl Boblitt, Kyrstin Boblitt and Bob Boblitt. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
17 Sandra Porter, from left, George Lancaster and Josh Bell at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Sandra Porter, from left, luncheon co-chair George Lancaster and Josh Bell. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
18 Shelby Nunn and Fernell Hogan at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Shelby Nunn and Fernell Hogan. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
7 Gina Fish and Nic Phillips at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Luncheon co-chair Gina Fish and Nic Phillips. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
16 Samantha Williams at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Samantha Williams. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
19 Vicki Rizzo, left, and Mauri Oliver at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Vicki Rizzo, left, and Mauri Oliver. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
12 Jinx Hayden, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Janet Battarbee at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Jinx Hayden, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Janet Battarbee. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
11 Jeanie Joslin and Craig Murrin at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Jeanie Joslin and Craig Murrin. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9 Jack McBride, left, and Long Chu at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Jack McBride, left, and Long Chu. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
5 Delise Ward, from left, Craig Lidji and Jill Reno at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Delise Ward, from left, Craig Lidji and Jill Reno. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
10 Jean Brackendorff, from left, Frank Hood and Charlotte Jones at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Jean Brackendorff, from left, Frank Hood and Charlotte Jones. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
8 Jack Massing at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
Jack Massing. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
14 Mark Seliger, from left, Cheryl Boblitt, Kyrstin Boblitt and Bob Boblitt at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
17 Sandra Porter, from left, George Lancaster and Josh Bell at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
18 Shelby Nunn and Fernell Hogan at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
7 Gina Fish and Nic Phillips at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
16 Samantha Williams at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
19 Vicki Rizzo, left, and Mauri Oliver at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
12 Jinx Hayden, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Janet Battarbee at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
11 Jeanie Joslin and Craig Murrin at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
9 Jack McBride, left, and Long Chu at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
5 Delise Ward, from left, Craig Lidji and Jill Reno at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
10 Jean Brackendorff, from left, Frank Hood and Charlotte Jones at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015
8 Jack Massing at the HSPVA 9th Annual Encore for Excellence luncheon February 2015

What: The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts ninth annual Encore for Excellence luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: HSPVA's 2015 Distinguished Alumnus photographer Mark Seliger held the ballroom of the more than 370 guests intrigued as he shared tidbits from his photo shoots. He spoke on his experiences with rock stars Keith Richards, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain; comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Will Ferrell; and film stars Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and John Malkovich.

He also shared the story of his work with the Three Brothers Bakery family for a book on the Holocaust and his fun at the Academy Awards shooting Instagram photos for the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

HSPVA students jump-started the luncheon with their rendition of “We Built This City/We’re Not Gonna Take It” mashup from Rock of Ages.

Luncheon chairs Gina Fish and George Lancaster were over the moon when the bidding on a portrait photo session with Seliger went for $25,000.

Who: A host of performing arts leaders including the Alley Theatre's Dean Gladden, Houston Grand Opera's Perryn Leech, Society for the Performing Arts' June Christensen, Houston Ballet's Jim Nelson, Houston Arts Alliance's Jonathon Glus plus Cheryl and Bob Boblitt, Nic Phillips, Jo and Jim Furr, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Jack Massing and Carolyn Farb.

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