Party Olé!

Museum gala celebrates Lady of Guadalupe exhibit with mariachis, margaritas and revelry

Museum gala celebrates Lady of Guadalupe with 'ritas and revelry

Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Bill Montgomery, Kelly Montgomery
Bill Montgomery, Kelly Montgomery. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Christie McCartney, Billy McCartney
Christie McCartney, Billy McCartney. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Courtney Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Mark Kelly, Joel Bartsch
Mark Kelly, Joel Bartsch. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural science gala, March 2016, Henry Bragg, Laurence Bragg
Henry Bragg, Laurence Bragg. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Bill Wheless, Laura Wheless
Bill Wheless, Laura Wheless. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Shawn Stephens, Jim Jordan
Shawn Stephens, Jim Jordan. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Tara Wuthrich,  David Wuthrich
Tara Wuthrich, David Wuthrich. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Alfred Glassell III, Marli Andrade
Alfred Glassell III, Marli Andrade. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Sam Stubbs, Melinda Stubbs
Sam Stubbs, Melinda Stubbs. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Kelly Hamman, Russell Hamman
Kelly Hamman, Russell Hamman. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Allison George, Tog George
Allison George, Tog George. Photo by Jenny Antill
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Bill Montgomery, Kelly Montgomery
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Christie McCartney, Billy McCartney
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Courtney Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Mark Kelly, Joel Bartsch
Museum of Natural science gala, March 2016, Henry Bragg, Laurence Bragg
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Bill Wheless, Laura Wheless
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Shawn Stephens, Jim Jordan
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Tara Wuthrich,  David Wuthrich
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Alfred Glassell III, Marli Andrade
Museum of Natural Science gala, Mach 2016, Sam Stubbs, Melinda Stubbs
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2016, Kelly Hamman, Russell Hamman
Museum of Natural Science Gala, March 2016, Allison George, Tog George

What a glorious night it was at the Houston Museum of Natural Science when the house of dinosaurs and gemstones morfed into la villita mexicana. Gala chairs Joella and Steve Mach paid tribute to the museum's Lady of Guadalupe exhibition by selecting "Olé, A Night in Old Mexico" as theme of the annual fundraiser.

For the evening that raised $800,000, the museum's Grand Hall was transformed into a village setting complete with mariachis and waiters serving margaritas, and decorations of papel picado and vintage lights. Adding to the colorful tableau, a number of the 500 guests, embracing the gala tradition of costuming, dressed in traditional Mexico- and Frida Khalo-inspired attire.

After schmoozing and perusing the museum's always-popular exhibits, partygoers settled down for dinner, which was served throughout the museum in Glassell Hall, the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, and the Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife. Amid these intriguing spaces, they feasted on City Kitchen's Mexico-flavored menu featuring crab tostada, duck with mole, and rojo enchiladas.

Headlining the night's celebration were honorary chairs Randa Duncan Williams and Charles Williams along with museum president and CEO Joel Bartsch.

The festive lot included Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Carmen and Butch Mach, Courtney Hill Fertitta and Jason Fertitta, Laurence and Henry Bragg, Laura and Bill Wheless, Alfred Glassell III and Mari Andrade, Melinda and Sam Stubbs, Kelly and Russell Hamman, and Tara and David Wuthrich.

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