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A chilly garden party raises $700,000 for a major Bayou Bend boost

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Juanita and Jack Markwalter, from left, Bobbie Nau and Scott Caven at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Juanita and Jack Markwalter, from left, Bobbie Nau and Scott Caven. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lisa Mears, from left, Bobbie Nau and Laurie Morian at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Lisa Mears, from left, Bobbie Nau and Laurie Morian. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Frank Hevrdejs, from left, Kathy Goossen, Sharyn Weaver and Marty Goossen at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Frank Hevrdejs, from left, Kathy Goossen, Sharyn Weaver and Marty Goossen. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Tom Glanville, from left, Carla Knobloch, Edward Andrews and Liz Glanville at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Tom Glanville, from left, Carla Knobloch, Edward Andrews and Liz Glanville. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Karen Mayell at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Karen Mayell. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Martha Katherine Long, from left, Sean Wade and Amy Purvis at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Martha Katherine Long, from left, Sean Wade and Amy Purvis. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Carol and Michael Linn at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Carol and Michael Linn. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Aliyya and Herman Stude, from left, with Frances Marzio at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Aliyya and Herman Stude, from left, with Frances Marzio. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Colleen Kotts at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Colleen Kotts. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Steve and Betty Newton, from left, and Cheri and Andy Fossler at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Steve and Betty Newton, from left, and Cheri and Andy Fossler. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Ann Bookout, left, and Lilly Andress at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Ann Bookout, left, and Lilly Andress. Photo by © Jenny Antill
David and Krista Elizondo, from left, and Courtney and Bas Solleveld at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
David and Krista Elizondo, from left, and Courtney and Bas Solleveld. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Randy Powers, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Bill Caudell at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Randy Powers, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Bill Caudell. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Juanita and Jack Markwalter, from left, Bobbie Nau and Scott Caven at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Lisa Mears, from left, Bobbie Nau and Laurie Morian at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Frank Hevrdejs, from left, Kathy Goossen, Sharyn Weaver and Marty Goossen at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Tom Glanville, from left, Carla Knobloch, Edward Andrews and Liz Glanville at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Karen Mayell at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Martha Katherine Long, from left, Sean Wade and Amy Purvis at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Carol and Michael Linn at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Aliyya and Herman Stude, from left, with Frances Marzio at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jana Arnoldy and Colleen Kotts at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Steve and Betty Newton, from left, and Cheri and Andy Fossler at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Ann Bookout, left, and Lilly Andress at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
David and Krista Elizondo, from left, and Courtney and Bas Solleveld at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014
Randy Powers, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Bill Caudell at the Bayou Bend Garden Party April 2014

That whimsical Mother Nature. Some years, she smiles on the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Other years, she presents a chilly, drizzly challenge.

The latter was the case Sunday night when a number of savvy guests opted for the Lazy Lane entrance to the historic Ima Hogg home rather than the preferred Westcott entrance which required an open air stroll across a swinging bridge for party access.

Benefit chairs Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson were early arrivals at the annual event on the verdant grounds of Bayou Bend, making sure that the 500 guests would be properly cosseted by the City Kitchen team. After all, this generous collection in their spring frocks and summer suits brought in $700,000, reaching the fundraising goal thanks to a generous anonymous donor who ponied up the remaining $45,000 before night's end.

Also getting a head start on the 90-minute cocktail hour were Vivien and Scott Caven and Juanita and Jack Markwalter, both men of Atlantic Trust, Garden Party grand underwriter. Key players on the scene included Bayou Bend director Bonnie Campbell and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow.

We heard more than one gent remark that this is his favorite party of year. Short on speeches, long on socializing and the beautiful setting, a party tent gloriously decorated in floral wonder by McDugald Steele and In Bloom, add up to one special night. It starts early, ends early. And on this night the David Caceres group provided cocktail hour entertainment and the dance tunes that filled the dance floor, even on a Sunday night.

VIP guests (and all of them were) mingling in the shadow of the magnificent Bayou Bend house included Bobbie and John Nau, Ann and John Bookout, Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Diane Lokey Farb, Frances Marzio, Carol and Michael Linn, Sue Trammell Whitfield, Krista and David Elizondo, Courtney and Bas Solleveld, Lisa and Downing Mears and Martha Long and Sean Wade.

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