$1.2 Million Gala

Mega proceeds, record crowd transport Asia Society Tiger Ball into gala stratosphere

Record crowd transports Asia Society Texas Ball into gala stratosphere

Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Alexander and Lou Ann Chae, Bonna Kol, Nancy C. Allen, Edward R. Allen III and Chinhui Juhn, Susan and Michael Jhin
Alexander Chae, Lou Ann Chae, Bonna Kol, Nancy C. Allen, Edward R. Allen III, Chinhui Juhn, Susan Jhin, Michael Jhin. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Margaret Alkek Williams
Margaret Akek Williams. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun.  Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Renu Khator, Suresh Khator
Renu Khator, Suresh Khator. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Gordon Quan, Sylvia Quan, Gigi Seo, Timothy Seo
Gordon Quan, Sylvia Quan, Gigi Seo, Timothy Seo. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Korean Gowns
Volunteers model Korean gowns from the collection of Jasmine Shinhyo Park. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Kenneth Tsai, Janae Tsai
Kenneth Tsai, Janae Tsai. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Charles Foster, Lily Chen Foster
Charles Foster, Lily Chen Foster. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Alan Crain, Malinda Crain
Alan Crain, Malinda Crain. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Jim Furr, Jo Furr, Y. Ping Sun
Jim Furr, Jo Furr, Y.Ping Sun. Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, party tent
Photo by Jenny Antill
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Alexander and Lou Ann Chae, Bonna Kol, Nancy C. Allen, Edward R. Allen III and Chinhui Juhn, Susan and Michael Jhin
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Margaret Alkek Williams
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Renu Khator, Suresh Khator
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Gordon Quan, Sylvia Quan, Gigi Seo, Timothy Seo
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Korean Gowns
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Kenneth Tsai, Janae Tsai
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Charles Foster, Lily Chen Foster
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Alan Crain, Malinda Crain
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, Jim Furr, Jo Furr, Y. Ping Sun
Asia Society Tiger Ball, March 2016, party tent

The Asia Society Texas Center's annual "Tiger Ball" might have spotlighted Korea, but the night sparkled with the coterie representing H-Town's entire global citizenry, many of whom dressed in national attire.

It was a record turnout of 700 business, political and social leaders, who contributed to the gala's $1.2 million success.

Applause, applause for chairs Lou Ann and Alexander C. Chae and Susan and Michael K. Jhin. Congratulations to the evening's honorees Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen III, who serves as the center's board chairman. Asia Society's executive director Bonna Kol and Chevron's Joni Baird presented honors to the couple.

The party got started in the Chevron Gala Pavilion (or party tent) where exhilarating Taiko drummers set a stirring pace for the evening. Adding to the international flair of the event were sushi stations from Suchic, The Shushi Co., compliments of reception hosts Kathy and Glen Gondo. The party then moved into the Asia Society building where guests were greeted by volunteers modeling traditional Korean gowns from Jasmine Shinhyo Park's collection.

City Kitchen provided the dinner, Commercial Art delivered the dance tunes and a lavish dessert buffet moved the party back to the pavilion.

Headliners among the stellar group included Asia Society's grand patron Nancy Allen, Anne and Albert Chao, Andrea and Bill White, Margaret Alkek Williams, Phoebe Tudor, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Lily and Charles Foster, Claudia and Roberto Contreras, and Isla and Tommy Reckling.

Plans are already underway for the 2017 Tiger Ball which will celebrate India and honor Sushila and Durga Agrawal.