50th Anniversary Gala

Bayou Preservation Association celebrates 50th anniversary with a bluesy good time

Bayou preservation group celebrates anniversary with bluesy good time

Dave Handley, Heather Handley, Denise Ruckstuhl, Eric Ruckstuhl at Bayou Preservation Gala
Dave Handley, Heather Handley, Eric Ruckstuhl, Denise Ruckstuhl. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Brittany Cassin, Katie Arnoldy and Samantha Sebastian
Brittany Cassin, Katie Arnoldy, Samantha Sebastian. Photo by Jenny Antil
Kraig Williamson, Colleen Holthouse at Bayou Preservation Association Gala
Kraig Williamson, Colleen Holthouse. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by Jenny Antil
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Jason Volz, Rachael Volz
Jason Volz, Rachael Volz. Photo by Jenny Antil
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Peto Meyer, Jessica Meyer
Peto Meyer, Jessica Meyer. Photo by Jenny Antil
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Melissa Spinks, Melvin Spinks
Melissa Spinks, Melvin Spinks. Photo by Jenny Antil
Dave Handley, Heather Handley, Denise Ruckstuhl, Eric Ruckstuhl at Bayou Preservation Gala
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Brittany Cassin, Katie Arnoldy and Samantha Sebastian
Kraig Williamson, Colleen Holthouse at Bayou Preservation Association Gala
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Jason Volz, Rachael Volz
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Peto Meyer, Jessica Meyer
Houston, Bayou Preservation Association 50th anniversary gala, Oct. 2016, Melissa Spinks, Melvin Spinks

What: Bayou Preservation Association 50th Anniversary.

Where: The home of Colleen Holthouse.

The scoop: The good times rolled at the lovely Holthouse home on Buffalo Bayou as the Bayou Preservation Association, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of Houston's bayous and streams, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a bluesy good time.

Upon entering, the more than 350 guests were serenaded by blues musician Andrew Karnakas. Servers dressed as the Blues Brothers, Memphis mule cocktails, and Gulf Coast and Cajun-style cuisine stayed true to the evening’s "Blues on The Bayou" theme.

The evening of philanthropy, awareness, and dancing to tunes by the band KAOS was a big success, raising more than $175,000, thanks to the work of event chairs Lindley Arnoldy and Brittany Cassin

Who: Ray Thomas, Scotty Arnoldy, Tricia and Brent Brasseaux, Laurie and Doug VanderPloeg, Meredith and Fielding Cocke, Anna and Hal Holliday, Jason Arnoldy, Travis Cassin, Jenn Char, Clark Lord, Kraig Williamson, and Leila and Pat Gilbert, BPA executive director Kathy Lord and Tom Lord, and BPA chairman Ty Kelly.

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