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Houston Ballet Ball kick-off party combines blue blood sophistication with youthful fun

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010, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Aria Alekzander, Oliver Halkowich, Jessica Collado, Linnar Looris
Aria Alekzander, Oliver Halkowich, Jessica Collado, Linnar Looris Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
011, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Jim Crownover, Lynn Wyatt
Jim Crownover, Lynn Wyatt Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
015, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Mike Stude, Amy Fote
Mike Stude, Amy Fote Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
003, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Vanessa Sendukas, Perry Sendukas, Rosemary Schatzman
Vanessa Sendukas, Perry Sendukas, Rosemary Schatzman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
001, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Martin Fein, Kelli Cohen Fein, Stanton Welch
Martin Fein, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Stanton Welch Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
012, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
008, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Becca Cason Thrash, Joe Hafner
Becca Cason Thrash, Joe Hafner Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
007, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Judith Oudt, Phoebe Tudor
Judith Oudt, Phoebe Tudor Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
006, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Larry Norman, Sharin Norman
Larry Norman, Sharin Norman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
005, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Kristi Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Karina Barbieri
Kristy Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Karina Barbieri Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
004, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Mary Ann McKeithan, David McKeithan
Mary Ann McKeithan, David McKeithan Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
002, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, C.C. Conner, Melza Barr, Ted Barr
C.C. Conner, Melza Barr, Ted Barr Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
010, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Aria Alekzander, Oliver Halkowich, Jessica Collado, Linnar Looris
011, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Jim Crownover, Lynn Wyatt
015, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Mike Stude, Amy Fote
003, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Vanessa Sendukas, Perry Sendukas, Rosemary Schatzman
001, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Martin Fein, Kelli Cohen Fein, Stanton Welch
012, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
008, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Becca Cason Thrash, Joe Hafner
007, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Judith Oudt, Phoebe Tudor
006, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Larry Norman, Sharin Norman
005, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Kristi Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Karina Barbieri
004, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, Mary Ann McKeithan, David McKeithan
002, Houston Ballet Ball kickoff party, October 2012, C.C. Conner, Melza Barr, Ted Barr

For many of the city's cultural non-profits, the focus is on a new generation of patrons, a bent often reflected in guest lists that favor new blood and corporate leadership. But Houston Ballet proved that a carefully-crafted development strategy can include both the new and the established. Witness the blue blood turnout for the Ballet Ball kick-off.

One need look no further than the address for the party in order to establish this ball's tony credentials. The cocktail reception took place in the River Oaks home of Mike Stude, a family as venerable as they come. Add Sue Trammell Whitfield and Ann Carlton to the guest list along with Jim Crownover (Molly was away) and the picture becomes clear. And who better to exemplify a genteel presence than Ballet Ball honoree Lynn Wyatt.

All gathered under the watchful eyes of kick-off party chairs Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas, regular headliners in the fundraising arena, and ball chairs Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, all of whom bring a contemporary cachet to the picture.

Tony's staff swirled through the art-filled home assuring that tasty food and drink were plentiful for the heavy-hitter crowd that included a number of ballet company members and artistic director Stanton Welch.

Balletomanes revving up for the Feb. 16 black-tie gala included Merrill and Joe Hafner, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Joan Lyons, Jo and Jim Furr, last year's ball chair Becca Cason Thrash, Melza and Ted Barr, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Sharin and Larry Norman and Houston Ballet veteran managing director C.C. Conner.

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