Anticipation

A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala — six months early — at glam kick-off party

A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala early at glam kick-off party

0450 Divya Brown, from left, Betty and Steve Newton and Judy Nyquist at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
Divya Brown, from left, Betty and Steve Newton and Judy Nyquist. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0108 Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0475 John Cohan, from left, Charles Foster and Harvin Moore at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
John Cogan, from left, Charles Foster and Harvin Moore. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0456 Lynn Wyatt and Jim Crownover at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
Lynn Wyatt and Jim Crownover. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0418 Kathy Goossen, left, and Lily Kooros at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Kathy Goossen, left, and Lily Kooros. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0348 Gordon Quan and Sara Dupuy at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
Gordon Quan and Sara Dupuy. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0346 Myrenda and Mas Takashima at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Myrenda and Mas Takashima. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0298 Brad Bucher at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Brad Bucher. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0255 Jo and Jim Furr at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Jo and Jim Furr. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0216 Eddie and Chinhui Allen, from left, and Diane and Mike Cannon at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Eddie and Chinhui Allen, from left, and Diane and Mike Cannon. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0214 Cindy and Frank Liu at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Cindy and Frank Liu. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0179 Laura Bellows, from left, Phoebe Tudor and Y. Ping Sun at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Laura Bellows, from left, Phoebe Tudor and Y. Ping Sun. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0144 Monjula and Ravi Chidambaram, from left, and Harry and Marian Tindall at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Monjula and Ravi Chidambaram, from left, and Harry and Marian Tindall. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0130 John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Joni Baird and Bonna Kol at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Joni Baird and Bonna Kol. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Janet Moore, left, and Azra Rauf at the Asia Society Texas Center gala kick-off party September 2014
Janet Moore, left, and Azra Rauf. Photo by © Jenny Antill
0450 Divya Brown, from left, Betty and Steve Newton and Judy Nyquist at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
0108 Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0475 John Cohan, from left, Charles Foster and Harvin Moore at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
0456 Lynn Wyatt and Jim Crownover at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
0418 Kathy Goossen, left, and Lily Kooros at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0348 Gordon Quan and Sara Dupuy at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2015
0346 Myrenda and Mas Takashima at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0298 Brad Bucher at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0255 Jo and Jim Furr at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0216 Eddie and Chinhui Allen, from left, and Diane and Mike Cannon at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0214 Cindy and Frank Liu at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0179 Laura Bellows, from left, Phoebe Tudor and Y. Ping Sun at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0144 Monjula and Ravi Chidambaram, from left, and Harry and Marian Tindall at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
0130 John Bradshaw Jr., from left, Joni Baird and Bonna Kol at the Tiger Ball kickoff party September 2014
Janet Moore, left, and Azra Rauf at the Asia Society Texas Center gala kick-off party September 2014

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group of 200 partied through the elegant Southampton home of Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Rice University president, in advance of the annual Tiger Ball.

With "Enchanting China" as the central theme of the March 12 gala, always a glamorous affair, who better to chair than the Sun/Leebrons along with noted philanthropists Anne and Albert Chao. As the gala doubles as a celebration of the center's 35th anniversary, longtime board chairman Charles Foster and Lily Chen Foster will be gala honorees.

The glamour notes began early with this cocktail reception where the buzz was all about the gala and the focus. Asia Society executive director Bonna Kol announced that Chevron had signed on as presenting sponsor. Chevron's Joni Baird joined the toasts, praising Asia Society for its work.

Among the glitterati attending were consular officials from China, Japan and Korea; former Tiger Ball chairs Judy Nyquist and Sushila and Durga Agrawal; plus Lynn Wyatt, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Phoebe Tudor, Karen and John Bradshaw, John Bradshaw Jr., Rania Daniel, Leigh Smith, Jereann Chaney and Chinhui and Eddie Allen.

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