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Houston power players steam up artsy Virtuosi of Houston gala

Houston power players steam up artsy Virtuosi of Houston gala

Virtuoso of Houston Gala Sean Buckley Gloria Cazarez
Sean Buckley and Gloria Cazarez.  Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Bob Nowak and Carloyn Farb
Bob Nowak and Carolyn Farb. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala David and Audrey Gow
David and Audrey Gow. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Melissa Edwards
Melissa Edwards Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Patti Murphy Roland Maldonado
Patti Murphy and Roland Maldonado.  Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Bill King and Kim Craig
Bill KIng and Kim Craig. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala James Parr, Judy Nichols, Don Murphy Sara Parr
James Parr, Judy Nichols, Don Murphy and Sara Parr. Photo by Fulton Davenport
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Sean Buckley Gloria Cazarez
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Bob Nowak and Carloyn Farb
Virtuoso of Houston Gala David and Audrey Gow
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Melissa Edwards
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Patti Murphy Roland Maldonado
Virtuoso of Houston Gala Bill King and Kim Craig
Virtuoso of Houston Gala James Parr, Judy Nichols, Don Murphy Sara Parr

What: Virtuosi of Houston gala

Where: The Post Oak 

The scoop: A crowd of more than 300 gathered to celebrate leaders of S.T.E.A.M. (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Mathematics) at the ritzy Post Oak. A comical mad scientist greeted guests as they arrived while the orchestra played “Liftoff and Separation.” The scene also included San Antonio artist Franco Mondini Ruiz who donated an 8-foot-by-8-foot original creation and painted more than 20 portraits of partygoers as they watched. As tradition, the student orchestra increased in intensity through the night, and the evening was energized when as steam billowed from the stage and the two maestros, Franz Krager and Andrzej Grabiec entered in lab coats.

The evening honored Gordon Bethune, Walter Cunningham, David Dewhurst, Sidney Evans, Monzer Hourani, Dr. Renu Khator, Dr. John Mendelsohn, Sybil Roos and Margaret Alkek Williams. The event was co-chaired by Patti Murphy, Roland Maldonado, MD and Elina Htun.

Who: See in the crowd were Godfried Dekeyser, Dora Dekeyser, Harry Hadland, Robert Kulp, Melissa Wilson, Dr. Randolph and Tabatha Lopez, Edward Sanchez, Debbie Lightfoot, Deborah Krager, Leslie Wisch, Danuta Grabiec, Jo and Jim Furr, Sherri Zucker and Brittany Zucker