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Fresh Arts supporters have a sweet time at Gum Ball in crazy Candyland fashion

Fresh Arts supporters have sweet time at Gum Ball in Candyland fashion

Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Chris Goins and Lucy Corona.
Chris Goins and Lucy Corona. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Mark Sullivan and Kathryn Lott
Mark Sullivan and Kathryn Lott. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Kasi Kubiak, Marita Fairbanks and friend
Kasi Kubiak, from left, Marita Fairbanks and friend. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Dena Piano Winkler, Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson, Setul Patel, Sejal Patel
Dena Piano Winkler, from left, Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson, Setul Patel and Sejal Patel. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Lisa Hayes, Fritz McDonald, Elaine Dillerd and Ted Bowen at Fresh Arts Gum Ball
Lisa Hayes, from left, Fritz McDonald, Elaine Dillerd and Ted Bowen. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 J.D. Adamson, Vivian Wise, Tony Gibson and Sergio Morales
J.D. Adamson, from left, Vivian Wise, Tony Gibson and Sergio Morales. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Jonathan Beitler and Nora Villarreal
Jonathan Beitler and Nora Villarreal. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Harry McMahan, Matthew Wettergreen and Geoff Wilder
Harry McMahan, from left, Matthew Wettergreen and Geoff Wilder. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Helen Bow and Kevin Baker
Helen Bow and Kevin Baker. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Mark Meldrum, Karen Meldum and Mary Stanton
Mark and Karen Meldum, from left, and Mary Stanton. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Nealette and Le'Andre Douglas
Nealette and Le'Andre Douglas. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Tifa Tiddlywinks and Emma De Lemma
Tifa Tiddlywinks and Emma De Lemma. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Chris Goins and Lucy Corona.
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Mark Sullivan and Kathryn Lott
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Kasi Kubiak, Marita Fairbanks and friend
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Dena Piano Winkler, Staci Henderson, Quang Henderson, Setul Patel, Sejal Patel
Lisa Hayes, Fritz McDonald, Elaine Dillerd and Ted Bowen at Fresh Arts Gum Ball
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 J.D. Adamson, Vivian Wise, Tony Gibson and Sergio Morales
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Jonathan Beitler and Nora Villarreal
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Harry McMahan, Matthew Wettergreen and Geoff Wilder
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Helen Bow and Kevin Baker
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Mark Meldrum, Karen Meldum and Mary Stanton
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Nealette and Le'Andre Douglas
Fresh Arts Gum Ball Gala 2015 Tifa Tiddlywinks and Emma De Lemma

What: The Gum Ball: A Willy Wonka Themed Gala.

Where: 115 Hyde Park Blvd.

The 411: Houston's arts community had a sweet time at the Fresh Arts gala centered around the legendary Willy Wonka chocolate factory. A Montrose party space was turned into Candyland with oversized lollipops, gumball machines and sweet treats from Candylicious and Bite Macarons, along with plenty of light bites from Phoenicia Specialty Foods and libations from Dripping Springs, Demetrio Tequila and SlimRita.  DJs A Fistful of Soul kept the music going, with performances by burlesque dancers Tifa Tittlywinks and Emma D’Lemma and avant garde opera singer and performance artist Amanda Gregory.

Guests got into the spirit of the occasion, dressing in cotton-candy colored wigs, oversized Willy Wonka hats and tuxedos dotted with gumdrops. Among the fashion standouts were Nancy Wozny in a cocktail dress festooned with lollipops in intricate patterns, and Vivian Wise in a leopard print Alexander McQueen dress and hot pink hat.

The gala raised nearly $100,000 for Fresh Arts, an organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston’s arts scene.

Who: Gala chairs Chris Goins and Josh Pazda, Lea McKinney and Haig Tcholakian, Jeff Shell, Claudia Solis and Matthew Wettergreen; and honorees Sharon and Gus Kopriva and Chris Silkwood.
 
Also joining in the fun were Fresh Arts executive director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Kelly Sanford and Fritz Lanham, Tina Zulu, Fifi Phi, Sarah Agnich, Marita Fairbanks, Kasi Kubiak, Michael Mandola, Deborah Elias and Michael Garfield, Carla Valencia de Martinez and Alex Martinez, Trish and Kevin Rigdon, Don Mafrige, Sergio Morales, Nealette and Le'Andre Douglas, Ted Bowen and Fritz McDonald.