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Hot Sardines and cool flappers add jazzy spirit to SPA gala with Paris panache

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18 Scott and June Christensen, from left, and Elizabeth and Tim Vail at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Scott and June Christensen, left, with gala chairs Elizabeth and Tim Vail. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
20 Tom and Liz Glanville at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Tom and Liz Glanville. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Gordon Buthone, from left, Jessica Rossman, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Gordon Bethune, from left, Jessica Rossman, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Melanie Gray, left, and Kathryn Smith at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
SPA board chair Melanie Gray, left, and Kathryn Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Richard and Ginni Mithoff at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Richard and Ginni Mithoff. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
19 Stef and Jay Levy at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Stef and Jay Levy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Rallin and Gabby Welch at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Rallin and Gabby Welch. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Cheryl Byington, from left, Rosemary Schatzman, Tim Moloney and Joanne Crassas at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Cheryl Byington, from left, Rosemary Schatzman, Tim Moloney and Joanne Crassas. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Karl and Kathy Kilian at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Honoree Karl Killian and Kathy Kilian. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 Rosemarie and Matt Johnson at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Rosemarie and Matt Johnson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Kirby and Scott McCool at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Kirby and Scott McCool. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Amy and Todd Miller at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Amy and Todd Miller. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Ian and Kathryn Fay at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Ian and Kathryn Fay. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Doreen and Victor Bhatt at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
Doreen and Victor Bhatt. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
18 Scott and June Christensen, from left, and Elizabeth and Tim Vail at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
20 Tom and Liz Glanville at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
5 Gordon Buthone, from left, Jessica Rossman, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
13 Melanie Gray, left, and Kathryn Smith at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
16 Richard and Ginni Mithoff at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
19 Stef and Jay Levy at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
15 Rallin and Gabby Welch at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
3 Cheryl Byington, from left, Rosemary Schatzman, Tim Moloney and Joanne Crassas at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
14 Phoebe and Bobby Tudor at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
10 Karl and Kathy Kilian at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
17 Rosemarie and Matt Johnson at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
11 Kirby and Scott McCool at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
2 Amy and Todd Miller at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
6 Ian and Kathryn Fay at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014
4 Doreen and Victor Bhatt at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala March 2014

The invitation to the Society for the Performing Arts's "Forever Paris" gala called for black-tie or "jazz age chic" attire, the invitation clearly hinting at the lively evening that was on tap at Wortham Theater Center. But few could have imagined the turnout of costuming (even Margaret Williams wore a fetching feather in her coif) or the delightful fun inspired by jazz band The Hot Sardines

It was an evening worthy of rounds and rounds of applause for everything from the efforts of chairs Elizabeth and Tim Vail to the 39 years that honoree Karl Killian, founder of Brazos Bookstore, has devoted to the SPA.

Then there was the striking decor by Rebekah Johnson — a towering image of the Eiffel Tower hovering over the auction area and crystal chandeliers linked by strings of lights that stretched across the party space. Giant mirrors added to the sleek club-like interior.

For the second time in three nights, Jackson and Co. knocked it out of the ballpark with its boeuf en croute (Beef Wellington to most of us) three-course menu that had guests cleaning their plates. (Two nights earlier, the Jackson and Co. team had another major dinner hit with its southern-inspired menu for the Moores School of Music benefit.)

Best dressed ladies in jazz age cum flapper attire included Liz Glanville, Jessica Rossman, Stef Levy, Rosemarie Johnson and Amy Miller. For those who played it fashion safe, every dinner chair was draped with ropes of playful pearls.

Applause, applause to SPA CEO June Christensen for bringing in the Hot Sardines from New York. The hot jazz sound, part Paris and part New Orleans, had more than a few feet tapping including those of the group's tap dancer and the chanteuse. 

Getting into the swing of things were Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Melanie Gray, Gordon Bethune, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Betty and Stephen Newton, Chree Boydston, Rosemary Schatzman, Linda and Willie Chang and Dr. Lynda Chin and Dr. Ron DePinho.

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