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Houstonians party like Capote at red-hot, record-breaking Black & White Ball

Houstonians party like Capote at red-hot Black & White Ball

Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Having a ball on the dance floor.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Ann and Jonathan Ayre. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Lynn Wyatt.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Meg Booth, Margaret Williams, and Jim Daniel. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Soraya and Scott McClelland.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Devinder and Gina Bhatia.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Rini and Edward Ziegler. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Mary Ann and David McKeithan and Cheryl Byington. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Amy and Rob Pierce.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Eileen and Kase Lawal. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Duke and CC Ensell.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Bobby Martin, Melissa Sandefer, Kathryn Smith, Stephanie Shanks, and Jeff Smith. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Red-hot entertainment by Empire 6. Photo by Wilson Parrish
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019
Society for Performing Arts Black and White Ball 2019

What: Society for the Performing held their Black & White Ball

Where: Wortham Center

The scoop: Society for the Performing Arts celebrated 50 years of bringing culture to Houston with their Black & White Ball at the Wortham Center Grand Foyer. The black-tie event was reminiscent of the "Party of the Century" hosted by Truman Capote in New York City in 1966.

Chairs for the night raising over $500,000 were Mary Ann and David McKeithan and Cheryl and Sam Byington. Other honorees included honorary chair Margaret Alkek Williams; community honorees Rini and Edward Ziegler; and corporate honoree, H-E-B.

More than 400 guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés while perusing the silent auction. Jackson & Co created a fabulous three-course meal and Rebekah Johnson created an over the top elegant room with cascading crystal chandeliers and beautiful towering sprays of orchids and roses on the tables. Guests were mesmerized by the exciting performances of the cast of Chicago, dancing to Empire 6 and the after party. Auctioneer extraordinaire, Jeff Smith, raised a record-breaking number from the fabulous auction curated by Yasmine Haddad.
 
Who: Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, SPA CEO Meg Booth, Linda and Willie Chiang, Gina and Devinder Bhatia, Lynn Wyatt, Claudia and David Hatcher, Chree Boydstun, Mignon and Steve Gill, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Eileen and Kase Lawal, Theresa Einhorn and Don Yurewicz, Ann and Jonanthan Ayer, Nancy and Chuck Davidson, Duke and CC Ensell, Janet and Bill Swanstrom.