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Houston A-listers make a splash at MFAH's vibrant grand gala

Houston A-listers make a splash at MFAH's vibrant grand gala

MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Olivia Flores Meredith Flores Alanna Flores
Olivia Flores, Meredith Flores, and Alanna Flores.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Lynn Wyatt Michael Moser Petra Martinez
Lynn Wyatt, Michael Moser, and Petra Martinez.  Photo by Wilson Parrish
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Keefer Lehner; Laura Murphy; Mona and Andrew Sarofim
Keefer Lehner, Laura Murphy and Mona and Andrew Sarofim.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Margaret Alkek Williams
Margaret Alkek Williams.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Anabelle Massey Alex Florescu
Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Angel Rios Richard Flores
Angel Rios and Richard Flores.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Ball Chairs Bill and Susanne Pritchard, Gary Tinterow; Photo by Wilson Parish
Ball chairs Bill and Susanne Pritchard and Gary Tinterow. Photo by Wilson Parrish
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Jerry Hooker Jacob Sudhoff
Jerry Hooker and Jacob Sudhoff.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 JooYoung Choi Trenton Doyle Hancock
JooYoung Choi and Trenton Doyle Hancock.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Ishwaria Subbiah Kimberly Falgout
Ishwaria Subbiah and Kimberly Falgout.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Seagren Wilson Harris Pritchard
Seagren Wilson and Harris Pritchard.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Harry Winston models
Harry Winston models.  Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 atmosphere
The Grand Ball was awash in color.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Olivia Flores Meredith Flores Alanna Flores
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Lynn Wyatt Michael Moser Petra Martinez
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Keefer Lehner; Laura Murphy; Mona and Andrew Sarofim
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Margaret Alkek Williams
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Anabelle Massey Alex Florescu
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Angel Rios Richard Flores
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Ball Chairs Bill and Susanne Pritchard, Gary Tinterow; Photo by Wilson Parish
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Jerry Hooker Jacob Sudhoff
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 JooYoung Choi Trenton Doyle Hancock
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Ishwaria Subbiah Kimberly Falgout
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Seagren Wilson Harris Pritchard
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Bruce Hornsby
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 Harry Winston models
MFAH Grand Gala Ball 2019 atmosphere

What: The Grand Gala Ball

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The scoop: Some 300 total guests walked the pink carpet for the Grand Gala Ball at the Caroline Wiess Law Building of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exclusive, A-list fete raised a total of $1.9 million to support the museum’s general operating budget.

Playing on the theme of “Abstraction: Moving into Modern,” the event featured a curated selection of abstract pieces anchored by Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Good Vegan Procession #5 mounted on the wall of Cullinan Hall. Measuring 54 feet wide by 18 feet high, the mural-scaled backdrop depicts a brightly colored forest glade with silhouettes of over 100 dancing trees across a colorful field.

The Events Company mirrored the vibrant color palette with fresh floral arrangements in various hues, as well as Lucite tables and chairs to enhance the modern aesthetic. At the base of Cullinan Hall’s staircase, guests posed for pictures in front of a fresh flower wall spanning shades of white, pink, red, lavender, and deep purple roses, while admiring Harry Winston jewels posed on models atop mirrored platforms in front of the flower wall.

City Kitchen prepared a three-course dinner, starting with cauliflower soup with preserved lemon and parsley. Guests were also served pan-roasted main lobster with shallots, thyme, and crème fraîche; prime-aged beef tenderloin medallion with Bordelaise sauce; twice-baked Yukon gold potatoes with cheddar and scallions; and asparagus. For dessert, guests enjoyed a lemon meringue tart with raspberry sorbet and raspberry coulis.

The event featured live entertainment by Jessie’s Girls, as well as a special performance by Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby, who was hand-selected by Susanne and Bill Pritchard. Hornsby performed three songs: “The Way It is,” “The End of Innocence,” and “Mandolin Rain.”

Who: Lynn WyattNancy and Rich Kinder, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Sara and Bill Morgan, Franci Neely, Cherie and Jim Flores, Lisa and Ralph Eads, Michael Moser, Petra Martinez, Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs, Susan and Fayez Sarofim, Andrew and Mona Sarofim, Carol and Mike Linn, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wallace Wilson, Anne Duncan, Rose Cullen, Sara Paschall Dodd, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Ann and John Bookout, Sultana and Moez Mangalji, Aliyya and Herman Stude, Marcy Taub Wessel and Tom Wessel, Trenton Doyle Hancock and JooYoung Choi, Ann and Karl Stern, Beth Madison, and Cathy and Joe Cleary.