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Nature Conservancy heats up the party scene with boot-scootin' night in the great outdoors

Charity heats up party scene — boot-scootin' night in great outdoors

14 Clayton and Shel Erikson, from left, with Laura Huffman at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Clayton and Shel Erikson, from left, with Nature Conservancy Texas State Director Laura Huffman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Don and Ann Short at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Nature Conservancy gala chairs Don and Ann Short. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Gerald Hines, from left, with Anne and Charles Duncan at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Gerald Hines, left, with Anne and Charles Duncan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 Sarah and Ron Ringstaff at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Sarah and Ron Ringstaff. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Allison and Troy Thacker at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Nature Conservancy gala co-chairs Allison and Troy Thacker. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Andrea and Bill White, from left, with Sheridan Williams at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Andrea and Bill White, left, with Sheridan Williams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Laura Spanjian, left, and Susan Christian at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Laura Spanjian, left, and Susan Christian. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Ricardo and Mary Tere Perusquia at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Ricardo and Mary Tere Perusquia. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
29 Joni Baird, from left, Filipe Silva and Susie Hebert at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Joni Baird, left, Filipe Silva and Susie Hebert. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Cooke Kelsey and Nina Delano at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Cooke Kelsey and Nina Delano. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Kevin Black, from left, with Rachel and Tom Regan at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Kevin Black, left, with Rachel and Tom Regan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Melissa Tuckerman, from left, Mandy Osterhout and Winnie Bonebrake at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Melissa Tuckerman, from left, Mandy Osterhout and Winnie Bonebrake. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Angelica and Ramzi Nassar at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
Angelica and Ramzi Nassar. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Clayton and Shel Erikson, from left, with Laura Huffman at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
6 Don and Ann Short at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
19 Gerald Hines, from left, with Anne and Charles Duncan at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
27 Sarah and Ron Ringstaff at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
9 Allison and Troy Thacker at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
23 Andrea and Bill White, from left, with Sheridan Williams at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
24 Laura Spanjian, left, and Susan Christian at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
21 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
20 Ricardo and Mary Tere Perusquia at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
29 Joni Baird, from left, Filipe Silva and Susie Hebert at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
22 Cooke Kelsey and Nina Delano at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
17 Kevin Black, from left, with Rachel and Tom Regan at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
15 Melissa Tuckerman, from left, Mandy Osterhout and Winnie Bonebrake at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014
11 Angelica and Ramzi Nassar at the Nature Conservancy 50th anniversary October 2014

When Ann and Don Short signed on to chair the Nature Conservancy of Texas gala celebrating 50 years in Texas, they felt sure that they could reach the fundraising goal of $250,000. Thursday night with the aid of co-chairs Allison and Troy Thacker, they nearly tripled that goal by bringing in more than $700,000.

The small town Texas-themed shindig at the Houston Polo Club drew 440 partygoers, dressed in various interpretations of western chic. Ann Short was the night's standout in a Chanel red-white-and-blue star-studded bolero worn over a Tom Ford fringed dress with custom crocodile boots.

The night was a whopping success despite the high temps and humidity that had more than a few gents shedding their tux jackets. 

The Shorts and company looked right at home as they strolled through the party tent that was decorated to resemble a typical West Texas hamlet right down to the Devil's River Bar, where Catering by Culinaire served up yummy venison tamales. Before entering the town gates, guests could belly up to the bar and graze through a tempting array of Texas treats including fried catfish, crawfish etouffe, roasted pecans, oyster shooters and more. And that was before the three-course dinner.

The Cajun sounds of Bayou Roux ignited a dance fever that reached its pitch when Asleep at the Wheel cranked up its Texas swing tunes. Despite the miserable heat (Who knew it could be 83 degrees at 7:30 p.m. in October?), the dance floor was jumping. Among the first to two-step were Charles and Anne Duncan, Nature Conservancy of Texas board chair.

The night was a whopping success despite the high temps and humidity that had more than a few gents shedding their tux jackets and just about everyone mopping his or her brow. But the heat failed to slow the auction bidding on items that included an Audi Q5 Diesel and a selection of Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry for the top bidder to chose from.

Joining in the program were Texas state director Laura Huffman, State Rep. Gene Wu with a special proclamation and Chevron's Joni Baird ,who signed on the energy giant as major underwriter for the evening.

Nature Conservancy of Texas supporters included Carolyn and Jimmy Robertson, Barbara and Gerald Hines, Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia, Nini and Tino Bekhradi, Clayton and Shel Erikson, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse, Susan and Dick Hansen, Jana Arnoldy, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw and Heidi and Marcus Smith. 

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