Moonstruck

Dancing in the moonlight: This unique party has guests seeing stars — and hand-rolled Cuban cigars

Dancing in the moonlight: This unique party has guests seeing stars

Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk lights up the Rothko Chapel's "Moonrise Party on the Plaza." Photo by © Jenny Antill
Gayle DeGeurin, from left, Christopher Rothko and Lynn Wyatt at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Gayle DeGeurin, from left, Christopher Rothko and Lynn Wyatt. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Leslie Hassen, from left, Chong Yi and Jill Shull at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Leslie Hassen, from left, Chong Yi and Jill Shull. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Heather Houston, from left, Kate Stuckenberg, Francine Ballard, David Houston and Glen Gonzalez at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Heather Houston, from left, Kate Stuckenberg, Francine Ballard, David Houston and Glen Gonzalez. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Frank Andriolo, from left, John Trahan, Bennie Flores Ansell, Robert Shelton and Scott Whiddon at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Frank Andriolo, from left, John Trahan, Bennie Flores Ansell, Robert Shelton and Scott Whiddon. Photo by © Jenny Antill
El Cubano Cigar Bar at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
El Cubano Cigar Bar. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Laura Fain, from left, Mark Hitt, Wil McCorquodale and Gayle DeGeurin at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Laura Fain, from left, Mark Hitt, Wil McCorquodale and Gayle DeGeurin. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Drs. Danny and Linda Epner, from left, and Chinhui and Eddie Allen at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Drs. Danny and Linda Epner, from left, and Chinhui and Eddie Allen. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Craig and Tatiana Massey, from left, and Irina and Boris Litvak at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Craig and Tatiana Massey, from left, and Irina and Boris Litvak. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Connie Kwan-Wong, from left, Sandeep Khandelwal, Ruchi Mukherjee, Robert Tijerina and Farida Abjani at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Connie Kwan-Wong, from left, Sandeep Khandelwal, Ruchi Mukherjee, Robert Tijerina and Farida Abjani. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Claudia Horwitz, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Claudia Horwitz, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Camilo Parra, from left, Chung Nguyen, Bennie Flores Ansell and Thuy M. Tran at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Camilo Parra, from left, Chung Nguyen, Bennie Flores Ansell and Thuy M. Tran. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Ashley Landers, from left, Laura Robertson and Katherine Houston at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Ashley Landers, from left, Laura Robertson and Katherine Houston. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Barnett Newman's Broken Obelisk at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Gayle DeGeurin, from left, Christopher Rothko and Lynn Wyatt at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Leslie Hassen, from left, Chong Yi and Jill Shull at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Heather Houston, from left, Kate Stuckenberg, Francine Ballard, David Houston and Glen Gonzalez at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Frank Andriolo, from left, John Trahan, Bennie Flores Ansell, Robert Shelton and Scott Whiddon at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
El Cubano Cigar Bar at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Laura Fain, from left, Mark Hitt, Wil McCorquodale and Gayle DeGeurin at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Drs. Danny and Linda Epner, from left, and Chinhui and Eddie Allen at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Craig and Tatiana Massey, from left, and Irina and Boris Litvak at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Connie Kwan-Wong, from left, Sandeep Khandelwal, Ruchi Mukherjee, Robert Tijerina and Farida Abjani at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Claudia Horwitz, from left, with Joey and Nicole Romano at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Camilo Parra, from left, Chung Nguyen, Bennie Flores Ansell and Thuy M. Tran at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014
Ashley Landers, from left, Laura Robertson and Katherine Houston at the Rothko Chapel Moonrise Party October 2014

Three short nights after the official full moon, Rothko Chapel supporters gathered under the stars on Saturday for the second annual "Moonrise Party on the Plaza," an inspired evening of dining, dancing and stargazing.

This year's event embraced a Cuban theme complete with Cuban-inspired dinner, hand-rolled cigars and dancing to the Cuban sounds of El Rectorado del Son.

While soaking up the handcrafted cocktails, the 300 guests took turns spying the moon or the blue and gold double stars in Cygnus with the help of telescopes and guidance provided by the Houston Astronomical Society.

While celebrating the Rothko Chapel's contributions to civic, artistic and spiritual life, the evening raised a record $60,000. The funds will enable the chapel to remain open year-round and free to the public.

Moonstruck guests included Christopher Rothko, Lynn Wyatt, Gayle DeGeurin, Drs. Linda and Danny Epner, Chinhui and Eddie Allen, Will McCorquodale, Laura Robertson, Francine Ballard, David Houston, Chong Yi, Leslie Hassen and Jill Shull.

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