Record-Breaking Tiger Ball

Golden dragons and glamorous gowns reflect Asian pride at record-breaking Tiger Ball

Glam gowns & golden dragons reflect Asian pride at record Tiger Ball

News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Lily Foster, Charles Foster
Honorees Lily and Charles Foster are flanked by their sons, Zachary Foster, left, and Anthony Foster. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Bonna Kol, Albert Chao, Anne Chao, John Bradshaw Jr.
Asia Society Texas Center executive director Bonna Kol, from left, gala chairs Albert and Anne Chao and deputy director John Bradshaw Jr. Photo by Jenny Antill
20 David W. Leebron, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Y. Ping Sun at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Gala chairs David Leebron and Y. Ping Sun with Lynn Wyatt, center. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
26 Hugh and Jie Willey, from left, and Linda and Ted Wu at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Hugh and Jie Willey, left, with Linda and Ted Wu. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015, cCris Brown, Divya Brown
Chris and Divya Brown. Photo by Jenny Antill
32 Mel Chin and Helen Nagge at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Mel Chin and Helen Nagge. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
Tony Chase, left, Dina Alsowayel, and Gordon Quan. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Miya Shay, Gene Wu
Miya Shay and State Rep. Gene Wu. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
Marc and Duyen Nguyen. Photo by Jenny Antill
22 Elizabeth and James Tang, from left, and Thomas and Anna Au at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Elizabeth and James Tang, left, with Thomas and Anna Au. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
25 Henry DeOcampo and Livia Yang at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Henry DeOcampo and Livia Yang. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
29 Lulu Tan and Hugh Zhang at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Lulu Tan and Hugh Zhang. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
30 Maria and Neil Bush at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Maria and Neil Bush. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
27 Jim and Molly Crownover, from left, Doug and Sarah McMurrey and Barbara Gibbs at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Jim and Molly Crownover, from left, Doug and Sarah McMurrey and Barbara Gibbs. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
17 Brad and Leslie Bucher, left, with Jeff Beauchamp at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Brad and Leslie Bucher, left, with Jeff Beauchamp. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
31 Marianne and Bob Ivany, left, with Donna Cole at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Marianne and Bob Ivany, left, with Donna Cole. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
24 Hal and Kim Fiske at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Hal and Kim Fiske. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
23 George Pilko and Jan Fisher at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
George Pilko and Jan Fisher. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
18 Che and Anthony McFerrin at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Che and Anthony McFerrin. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
21 Dr. Cybele Woon and Jason Pickel at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Dr. Cybele Woon and Jason Pickel. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
19 David and Lucia Warden at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
David and Lucia Warden. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
16 The venue at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
All 700 guests found their dinner seats within the Asia Society Texas Center. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
28 Jim Falk, from left, Amy Hofland and Charles Foster at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Jim Falk, from left, Amy Hofland and Charles Foster. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
9 Guests at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Y. Ping Sun visits with guests at the Asia Society Tiger Ball. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
2 The decor at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
The Chevron Gala Pavilion beautifully decorated for the gala. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
5 Paper lanterns line the walkway at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
Paper lanterns line the walkway. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Lily Foster, Charles Foster
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Bonna Kol, Albert Chao, Anne Chao, John Bradshaw Jr.
20 David W. Leebron, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Y. Ping Sun at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
26 Hugh and Jie Willey, from left, and Linda and Ted Wu at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015, cCris Brown, Divya Brown
32 Mel Chin and Helen Nagge at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
News, Shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Miya Shay, Gene Wu
News, shelby, Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen
22 Elizabeth and James Tang, from left, and Thomas and Anna Au at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
25 Henry DeOcampo and Livia Yang at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
29 Lulu Tan and Hugh Zhang at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
30 Maria and Neil Bush at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
27 Jim and Molly Crownover, from left, Doug and Sarah McMurrey and Barbara Gibbs at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
17 Brad and Leslie Bucher, left, with Jeff Beauchamp at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
31 Marianne and Bob Ivany, left, with Donna Cole at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
24 Hal and Kim Fiske at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
23 George Pilko and Jan Fisher at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
18 Che and Anthony McFerrin at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
21 Dr. Cybele Woon and Jason Pickel at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
19 David and Lucia Warden at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
16 The venue at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
28 Jim Falk, from left, Amy Hofland and Charles Foster at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
9 Guests at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
2 The decor at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015
5 Paper lanterns line the walkway at the Asia Society Tiger Ball March 2015

The understated yet noble architecture of Yoshio Taniguchi's Asia Society Texas Center provided a serene backdrop for the vivid tableau of cultural fashions and manners that defined Thursday night's record-breaking Tiger Ball.

Despite the soggy weather (umbrellas open) and a horrendous traffic jam, it appeared that all 700 in the sellout crowd made it to the party that raised a record of almost $1.3 million. The Enchanting China-themed evening began in the Chevron Gala Pavilion, a tented extravaganza decorated in hundreds of red lanterns that danced overhead while gilded dragons rising above the floor heralded the festivities to come.

The Chinese theme was carried out not only in decor and menu but also in the heritage of key figures in the evening. Lily Chen Foster, a native of Shanghai, and renowned immigration attorney Charles Foster were honored for their longtime commitment to the Asia Society. Charles Foster has been on board for decades, much of that as chairman. Couples tapped to chair the gala have Chinese roots as well — Y. Ping Sun and husband David Leebron, Rice University president, and Anne and Albert Chao, chairman of Westlake Chemical Corp.

 The Chinese theme was carried out not only in decor and menu but also in the heritage of key figures in the evening. 

As the chimes rang for dinner, the throng, many in colorful national dress, others in Chinese red, spread across the museum with every available space taken up by dinner tables. They dined on the stage in the auditorium, in the education center in the main foyer and beyond. They feasted on a China-inspired menu from City Kitchen.

The festive atmosphere had Asia Society executive director Bonna Kol and deputy director John Bradshaw Jr. beaming. Also in the spotlight was Chevron's Joni Baird, who waved her magic wand and provided the gala pavilion.

Following dinner it was back to the gala pavilion for a dessert extravaganza and dancing to the sounds of Punch Bowl. Among those partaking of the Enchanting China evening were Nancy Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Helen Nagge and Mel Chin, Molly and Jim Crownover, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Divya and Chris Brown, Sylvia and Gordon Quan, Leigh and Reggie Smith and Leslie and Brad Bucher.