SPA Anniversary Gala

Society for the Performing Arts celebrates 50th anniversary with an over-the-top big top gala

SPA celebrates 50th anniversary with an over-the-top big top gala

Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Stephany LeGrand Olsen, Curt Carges
Stephany LeGrand Olsen, Curt Carges. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Blue Lapis aerial dance company
The Blue Lapis aerial dance company. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Lynn Wyatt
Lynn Wyatt. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor.
Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Blue Lapis aerial dance company
The Blue Lapis aerial dance company. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols
Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, the ballroom
The ballroom at the Wortham Theater Center. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith
Gerald Smith, Anita Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, June Christensen, Willie Chiang, Linda Chiang
June Christensen, Willie Chiang, Linda Chiang. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Rebekah Johnson, Milton Townsend
Rebekah Johnson, Milton Townsend. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, the big top behind the stage
The big top behind the stage. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Janiece Longoria, Steve Lasher
Janiece Longoria, Steve Lasher. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, TIm Vail, Elizabeth Vail
TIm Vail, Elizabeth Vail. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, stilts
A stilt walker. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Stephany LeGrand Olsen, Curt Carges
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Blue Lapis aerial dance company
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Lynn Wyatt
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor.
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Blue Lapis aerial dance company
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Steve Wyatt, Joyce Echols
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, the ballroom
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, June Christensen, Willie Chiang, Linda Chiang
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Rebekah Johnson, Milton Townsend
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, the big top behind the stage
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, Janiece Longoria, Steve Lasher
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, TIm Vail, Elizabeth Vail
Houston, Society for the Performing Arts, April 2017, stilts

A “Greatest Show on Earth”-themed gala honored the 50th anniversary of the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA). Event chairs Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges, and Janet and Bill Swanstrom, along with honorary chairs, Katherine and Paul Murphy, and Sharon and Tim Taylor, welcomed 400 guests to the Wortham Theater Center.

The evening started with cocktails and appetizers while attendees perused a silent auction with items from autographed sports memorabilia to a trip to France.

The ballroom, transformed into a whimsical circus by Rebekah Johnson/Bergner and Johnson Design, featured a big top backdrop behind the stage, stilt walkers in circus attire, and a jaw-dropping performance by Blue Lapis aerial dance company.

Guests were also treated to a special look back at the iconic performances of SPA’s five-decade legacy, a gourmet dinner by Jackson and Co., and entertainment by cover band, Skyrocket.

The gala, which honored  Marc and Brenda Watts  for their dedication to SPA and contributions to the arts community, raised a record-breaking $600,000 for the arts organization. The nonprofit’s mission is to present top global artists and performances to Houston audiences, and expand its education and community engagement programs.

Celebrating SPA’s golden anniversary were Lynn Wyatt, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Steve Trauber, Nancy and Chuck Davidson, Elizabeth and Tim Vail, Beverly and Jim Postl, Ginni and Richard Mithoff,  Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Linda and Willie Chiang, Janiece Longoria and Steve Lasher, and Claudia and David Hatcher.