Unbeknownst to Jim Crane, or at least according to his wife Franci Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros has been supporting the Houston Center for Contemprorary Craft for years — thanks to her frequenting the Asher Gallery where all manner of enticing craft items are sold. Such was the verbal fun at the center's annual luncheon held at River Oaks Country Club where the Cranes were honored for their widespread civic contributions.
The entertainment began early at this popular luncheon as guests perused the silent auction offerings — whimsical and serious jewelry, sculpture and objects created from vintage Louis Vuitton bags donated by silent auction chair Donae Chramosta. Each piece was crafted by artists who have exhibited at HCCC in recent years.
While the Cranes were introduced in a gentle roast and toast by their long-time friend Rich Kinder, Kinder Morgan chairman and CEO, HCCC executive director Julie Farr introduced Clint Willour, long-time curator of the Galveston Arts Center and art scene impressario, who was presented the Texas Master Award.
It was a good day for HCCC as $250,000 was raised, thanks to the efforts of chairs Sara Morgan, Carrin Patman and Paula Arnold, who is also HCCC board president.
Contributing to the luncheon's success were Phyllis Childress, Bobbie Nau, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Gracie Cavnar, Clayton Erikson, Susie and Sanford Criner, Andrea White, Tricia Dewhurst, Nancy Kinder and Pat Breen.