Shelby's Social Diary

Ballet Ball kick-off is a dazzling spectacle with diamonds, ballerinas and prancing horses

Horses and diamonds add to dazzling spectacle at Ballet Ball kick-off

251 dancers at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Houston Ballet members costumed from the upcoming production of Alladin on the ice at the Galleria at Ballet Ball kick-off. Photo by © Gary Fountain
166 Amnon Benjamini and Carmina Zamorano Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Amnon Benjamini and party host Carmina Zamorano at the Houston Ballet Ball kick-off /Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
151 Katie Flaherty, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Phoebe Tudor at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Katie Flaherty, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Phoebe Tudor at the Houston Ballet Ball kick-off/Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
237 Arabian horse at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Two Lusitano horses of Portuguese origin pranced along with Houston Ballet dancers. Photo by © Gary Fountain
277 crowd, venue Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
The Galleria ice rink was magically transformed for the Ballet Ball kick-off hosted by Carnan Properties. Photo by © Gary Fountain
69 Shawn Stephens, left, and Debra Hovnatanian at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Ballet Ball chair Shawn Stephens, left, and Debra Hovnatanian at the Houston Ballet Ball kick-off/Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
115 Alison Echiverri, left, and Daphne Barrica at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Alison Echiverri, left, and Daphne Barrica at the Houston Ballet Ball kick-off/Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
132 Jason and Patrice Pryor at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Jason and Patrice Pryor at the Houston Ballet/ Ball kick-off/Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
222 dancers at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Houston Ballet dancers entertained more than 600 guests on the ice at the Galleria. Photo by © Gary Fountain
111 Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet kick-off/Carnan Properties party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
156 Nancy Arreguin, left, and Carmina Zamorano at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Nancy Arreguin, left, and Carmina Zamorano, co-owners of Carnan Properties, welcome guests to the Ballet Ball kick-off. Photo by © Gary Fountain
56 Edward Sanchez, from left, Patti Murphy and Dr. Roland Maldonado at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
Edward Sanchez, from left, Patti Murphy and Dr. Roland Maldonado on the ice at the Galleria. Photo by © Gary Fountain
13 Mitzy and Ricardo Hurtado at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Mitzy and Ricardo Hurtado join the party on the ice at the Galleria. Photo by © Gary Fountain
304 crowd, venue Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
Two chandeliers were suspended above the party space, decor by Darryl & Co. Photo by © Gary Fountain
251 dancers at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
166 Amnon Benjamini and Carmina Zamorano Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
151 Katie Flaherty, from left, Ting Bresnahan and Phoebe Tudor at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
237 Arabian horse at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
277 crowd, venue Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
69 Shawn Stephens, left, and Debra Hovnatanian at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
115 Alison Echiverri, left, and Daphne Barrica at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
132 Jason and Patrice Pryor at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
222 dancers at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
111 Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
156 Nancy Arreguin, left, and Carmina Zamorano at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
56 Edward Sanchez, from left, Patti Murphy and Dr. Roland Maldonado at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party.
13 Mitzy and Ricardo Hurtado at the Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party
304 crowd, venue Houston Ballet/Carnan Properties party

Carnan Properties made its mark on the social landscape Tuesday night on the ice at the Galleria with a dazzling six-figure party saluting Houston Ballet and its 2014 ball. Ballerinas danced and Lusitano ponies pranced across the covered ice rink as more than 600 guests socialized in the space that was transformed into an elegant lounge setting.

Party hostesses Carmina Zamorano and Nancy Arreguin, co-owners of Carnan, spared no expense in creating the evening that combined business and the arts in sophisticated fashion. As Zamorano quipped in her remarks, "Every time I come up with a new idea, my husband says it's going to cost him a million dollars." Well, not quite a million but it was one fantastic soirée.

 As Zamorano quipped in her remarks, "Every time I come up with a new idea, my husband says it's going to cost him a million dollars." 

After a cocktail hour of dining on taste sensations from Zamorano's Haras Catering and sipping wines from the family vineyards in Spain and other libations, guests were entertained by the presentation of two magnificent Lusitano horses, which actually pranced to the music as Houston Ballet members coursed down the runway in costumes from the 2014 American premiere of British choreographer David Bintley's Aladdin.

Zamorano's husband, Rafael Chavez, breeds and trains the beautiful horses at Haras dos Cavaleiros in Magnolia. The couple divides their time between homes in the Woodlands and Mexico City.

Darryl & Co. created the luxe environment for the swell partying for which Bridgette Bottone of De Beers provided more than $1 million in diamond jewelry for the hostesses along with 2014 Ballet Ball chair Shawn Stephens and emcees KPRC's Dominique Sachse and KHOU's Katherine Whaley. Bottone is also donating a $20,000 diamond necklace for auction at the ball. And, yes, there was oodles of security.

The well-heeled crowd followed the invitation's suggestion for "dazzling cocktail attire." Among the partying throng were Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, Lynn Wyatt, Nell Frances Connally, Merrill and Joe Hafner, Ting Bresnahan, Nick Florescu, Phoebe Tudor, Jean May, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Mitzy and Ricardo Hurtado, Patti Murphy, Patrice and Jason Pryor, Katie Flaherty, Edward Sanchez and Philamena and Arthur Baird.