What: Club Da Camera.
Where: The Corinthian.
The scoop: For the annual Da Camera of Houston gala, chaired by Carolyn Piro Landen, Bergner & Johnson Design's Rebekah Johnson transformed the cavernous downtown event space into a posh lounge with low lighting and club seating for nearly 300 guests. Following a dinner catered by Jackson and Company, jazz great Jason Moran thrilled the crowd with a short set, then DJ Lando spun tunes as couples danced the night away.
Celebrated chef Robert Del Grande, a longtime Da Camera supporter, was honored for his contributions to the organization, which is one of the nation's leading presenters and producers of ensemble music. A number of Houston's top chefs, including Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri, Kevin Naderi of Roost and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, toasted Del Grande’s contributions to the city’s culinary and cultural scene.
The evening, which included a silent auction chaired by Kipp Baxter, took in $250,000 in support of the organization.
Who: Spotted in the crowd were Da Camera artistic director Sarah Rothenberg and Robert Azencott, Mimi Del Grande, Paul Landen, Chinhui and Eddie Allen, Lillie Robertson, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Claudia and David Hatcher, Robin and Andrew Schirrmeister, Jacquelyn and Collin Cox and Kathryn McNiel.
Also enjoying the evening were Anita and Gerald Smith, Elaine and Marvy Finger, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Mimi Lloyd, Luc Messier and Julie Fette, Carrie Pepi. Jane Rucker, Laura and Leo Sayavedra, and Kim and David Sterling.
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