Gift Cards Galore

Houston Grand Opera lunching ladies contribute $7,000 in gift cards for ball auction

HGO lunching ladies contribute $7,000 in gift cards for ball auction

HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Denise Bush Bahr, Donna Josey Chapman, Donna Vallone
Denise Bush Bahr, Donna Josey Chapman, Donna Vallone. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Joan Marshak, Rini Ziegler
Joan Marshak, Rini Ziegler. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Elizabeth Abraham Colombowala, Angela Perry
Elizabeth Abraham Colombowala, Angela Perry. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Zane Carruth, Lynn Guggolz
Zane Carruth, Lynn Guggolz. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Cathy Brock, Birgitt van Wijk
Cathy Brock, Birgitt van Wijk . Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Pat Breen Denise Bush Bahr, Barbara Van Postman
Pat Breen, Denise Bush Bahr, Barbara Van Postman. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Mary Ann McKeithan, Mario Gudmundsson, Jackie Whitley
Mary Ann McKeithan, Mario Gudmundsson, Jackie Whitley. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Denise Bush Bahr, Ellie Francisco, Jackie Callies
Denise Bush Bahr, Ellie Francisco, Jackie Callies. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Joanna Marks, Valerie Dieterich
Joanna Marks, Valerie Dieterich. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Donna Josey Chapman, Kristina Somerville
Donna Josey Chapman, Kristina Somerville. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Cindi Rose, Olga Bush
Cindi Rose, Olga Bush. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Irene Bourke, Danielle Ellis
Irene Bourke, Danielle Ellis. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Denise Bush Bahr, Donna Josey Chapman, Donna Vallone
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Joan Marshak, Rini Ziegler
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Elizabeth Abraham Colombowala, Angela Perry
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Zane Carruth, Lynn Guggolz
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Cathy Brock, Birgitt van Wijk
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Pat Breen Denise Bush Bahr, Barbara Van Postman
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Mary Ann McKeithan, Mario Gudmundsson, Jackie Whitley
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Denise Bush Bahr, Ellie Francisco, Jackie Callies
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Joanna Marks, Valerie Dieterich
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Donna Josey Chapman, Kristina Somerville
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Cindi Rose, Olga Bush
HGO Ball luncheon, March 2016, Irene Bourke, Danielle Ellis

What: Houston Grand Opera annual Opera Ball Auction Luncheon.

Where: Tony's.

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.

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