Diana Awards

Glee co-star and other legends thrill black-tie crowd at 64th annual Diana Awards

Glee co-star and other legends thrill black-tie crowd at Diana Awards

Tanner Williams, "Sharon Stone" (Emily Jaschke) at Diana Awards cropped photo
Tanner Williams and "Sharon Stone" (Emily Jaschke) channel the glamour of the Oscars at the Diana Awards. Photo By KM “Coop” Cooper
Alex Newell performs at Diana Awards
Alex Newell thrilled the audience with his vocal talents. Photo by Emily Jaschke
 Sharon Lord takes the stage with guests and Alex Newell at Diana Awards
Sharon Lord. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Super fan  Zac Wilmore reacts as Alex Newell sings Happy Birthday at Diana Awards
Super fan Zac Wilmore reacts as Alex Newell sings "Happy Birthday" to him. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Craig McLemore, Dr. John Share, Chuck Brown and Michael Kemper at Diana Awards
Craig McLemore, Dr. John Share, Chuck Brown, Michael Kemper. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Houston entertainers at Diana Awards
The Diana Awards also showcases Houston singing and dancing talent. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Ciro Flores, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes at Diana Awards
Ciro Flores, Brian Teichman, Andrew Cordes. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Sister Helen Holy  with Joshua Cauley, Travis Deshotel and Randall Magill at Diana Awards
Sister Helen Holy, top right, clowns around with Joshua Cauley, Travis Deshotel, and Randall Magill. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Juan Rodriguez, Richard Fluhr and Rudy Hernandez, Jr. at Diana Awards
Juan Rodriguez, Richard Fluhr, Rudy Hernandez, Jr. Photo by Emily Jaschke
 Mark Wade Brown and Alex Newell at Diana Awards
Mark Wade Brown, Alex Newell. Photo by Emily Jaschke
 Golden Bow Award recipient Frank Williams at Diana Awards
Frank Williams accepts the Golden Bow Award. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Thom Guthrie and entertainers at Diana Awards
The Diana Awards include a lot of song and dance numbers. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Tanner Williams, "Sharon Stone" (Emily Jaschke) at Diana Awards cropped photo
Alex Newell performs at Diana Awards
 Sharon Lord takes the stage with guests and Alex Newell at Diana Awards
Super fan  Zac Wilmore reacts as Alex Newell sings Happy Birthday at Diana Awards
Craig McLemore, Dr. John Share, Chuck Brown and Michael Kemper at Diana Awards
Houston entertainers at Diana Awards
Ciro Flores, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes at Diana Awards
Sister Helen Holy  with Joshua Cauley, Travis Deshotel and Randall Magill at Diana Awards
Juan Rodriguez, Richard Fluhr and Rudy Hernandez, Jr. at Diana Awards
 Mark Wade Brown and Alex Newell at Diana Awards
 Golden Bow Award recipient Frank Williams at Diana Awards
Thom Guthrie and entertainers at Diana Awards

What: 64th annual Diana Awards.

Where: House of Blues, Houston.

The scoop: As one of Houston's longest-running galas, the glitzy affair spoofs the Academy Awards while roasting and toasting some charitable, hard-working Houstonians. Organized by The Diana Foundation, which was founded in 1953 to raise funds for organizations supporting the LGBT community, the evening benefited The Botts Collection, Lazarus House, and Out for Education.

Mistress of ceremonies Sister Helen Holy kept the black-tie crowd in stitches with her toasts and roasts of notables, while special guest star, Glee's Alex Newell, wowed the audience with his impressive vocal skills.  The evening also included humorous awards as well as the more serious Golden Bow Award, given to Frank Williams for his commitment to the organization. And as is the Diana tradition, Houston musicians and performers entertained during dinner. 

A lively silent auction featured such items as a Wedgwood Jasperwear biscuit jar, donated by AG Antiques, as well as wine baskets, art, trips, and jewelry.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Sharon Lord, Michael Kemper, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes, Ciro Flores, Juan Rodriguez, Richard Fluhr, Rudy Hernandez, Jr., Craig McLemore, Dr. John Share, Chuck Brown, award show committee co-chairs Josh Snellgrove and Jose McDonald, Diana president Tanner Williams, the organization's officers Dan Maxwell, Michael Leibbert, Pete Beausoleil, Kurth Dohmann, and board members Thom Guthrie, Nathan Wright, Mike Reynolds, and Corbin Young.