What: Houston Grand Opera annual Opera Ball Auction Luncheon.
The scoop: Luncheon hostess Denise Bush Bahr welcomed some 60 ladies to the San Remo Room of the popular fine-dining restaurant. In addition to their enthusiasm for the Opera Ball, guests arrived bearing a satchel's worth of $100 gift cards from their favorite restaurants (many from Tony's), salons and retailers.
By luncheon's end, the gift cards totaled $7,000, a handsome addition to the silent auction for the white-tie-and-tails gala which is set for April 9 at Wortham Theater Center. Opera Ball chair Donna Josey Chapman thanked the ladies and shared a few details of her "Carousel" ball. The whimsical theme is a nod to HGO's upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's popular musical.
Who: Olga Bush, Donna Vallone, Connie Kwan-Wong, Pat Breen, Ellie Francisco, Becca Cason Thrash, Mary Ann McKeithan, Karen Penner, Kristina Somerville, Cathy Brock and Robin Angly.