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Red hot gala with Latin samba sensation is a musical hit for Society for the Performing Arts

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198 Houston SPA gala April 2013 showgirls with Rosemary Schatzman, second from left, and Vanessa Sendukas
Samba dancers with Rosemary Schatzman, second from left, and Vanessa Sendukas at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
231 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Elizabeth Vail and Tim Vail with June Christensen
Elizabeth and Tim Vail, left, with June Christensen at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
357 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Roland Garcia and Karen Garcia with name to come
Roland and Karen Garcia, left, with Jean Radelat and Ron Juwa at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
252 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Liz Glanville and Tom Glanville
Liz and Tom Glanville at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
300 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Renee Carey and Lisanne Rogers with show girls
Renee Carey, second from left, and Lisanne Rogers with show girls at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
277 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Leticia Trauber and Steve Trauber
Honorees Leticia and Steve Trauber at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
162 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Kathryn Smith and Jeff Smith
Kathryn and Jeff Smith at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
338 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Clayton Erickson and Shel Erikson
Clayton and Shel Erikson at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
285 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Beverly Postl and Jim Postl
Beverly and Jim Postl at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
29 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Wortham Theater Center decorations venue
Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
347 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
239 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Astrid Van Dyke and Cheryl Byington
Astrid Van Dyke, left, and Cheryl Byington at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
221 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Julie Brown and Dr. David Brown
Julie and Dr. David Brown at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
199 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Matt Schatzman and Rosemary Schatzman with Vanessa Sendukas and Perry Sendukas
Matt and Rosemary Schatzman, left, with Vanessa and Perry Sendukas at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
161 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Tim Moloney and Rebekah Johnson
Tim Moloney and Rebekah Johnson at the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
78 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Wortham Theater Center decorations venue
A rich decor permeated the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center for the Society for the Performing Arts gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
198 Houston SPA gala April 2013 showgirls with Rosemary Schatzman, second from left, and Vanessa Sendukas
231 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Elizabeth Vail and Tim Vail with June Christensen
357 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Roland Garcia and Karen Garcia with name to come
252 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Liz Glanville and Tom Glanville
300 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Renee Carey and Lisanne Rogers with show girls
277 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Leticia Trauber and Steve Trauber
162 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Kathryn Smith and Jeff Smith
338 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Clayton Erickson and Shel Erikson
285 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Beverly Postl and Jim Postl
29 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Wortham Theater Center decorations venue
347 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel
239 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Astrid Van Dyke and Cheryl Byington
221 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Julie Brown and Dr. David Brown
199 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Matt Schatzman and Rosemary Schatzman with Vanessa Sendukas and Perry Sendukas
161 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Tim Moloney and Rebekah Johnson
78 Houston SPA gala April 2013 Wortham Theater Center decorations venue

How to remain in your dinner chair when Brazil's samba sensation and Latin Grammy Award winner Diogo Nogueira is churning out his seductive sounds on stage? Just ask the 400 or so black-tie guests at the Society for the Performing Arts' "Red Hot Rio" gala at Wortham Theater Center.

Sitting still was out of the question as lithe dancers, barely draped in feathers and bejeweled pieces of satin, kept the samba beat as Diogo (as he is known) provided the colorful entertainment.

With creative duo Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas as chairs and with the talented Rebekah Johnson creating an amazing red-hued decor, the night soared. This was indeed a gala seeing red — in many of the gowns selected by the ladies and in the decor for which Johnson employed 6,000 yards of streaming ribbons suspended from hoops overhead. Even without the samba king, this party would have rocked on the decor alone.

Helping raise $600,000 for SPA were honorary chairs Liz and Tom Glanville and honorees Leticia and Steve Trauber. Adding to the filling coffers were auction chair Kathryn Smith and husband Jeff Smith. It was a night that brought smiles to the faces of SPA CEO June Christensen, on the arm of hubby Steve Christensen, and SPA board chair Jim Postl, accompanied by his wife, Beverly.

Grooving to the sounds of Memphis Train were guests including Perry Sendukas, Matt SchatzmanGinni and Richard Mithoff, Chree Boydstun, Kari Gonzalez, Stephanie and Kirby Shanks, Margaret Alek Williams and Jim Daniel, Denise Bush Bahr and Philip Bahr, Elizabeth and Tim Vail, Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Rosemarie and Matt Johnson and NetJet's Curt Krippner, who donated a trip to the 2014 Masters golf tournament).

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