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Liza, Andy & the gang bring back glittery disco days at Children's Museum Studio 54 gala

Disco days are back at glittery Children's Museum Studio 54 gala

36 Courtney and Bill Toomey at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Courtney and Bill Toomey at the Children's Museum of Houston gala at The Corinthian. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 crowd, venue at The Corinthian at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
The crowd at The Corinthian for the Children's Museum of Houston Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Katherine and Ian Fay at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Katherine and Ian Fay at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
33 Christie Sullivan, from left, DeeDee Gugenheim and Millette Sherman at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Christie Sullivan, from left, DeeDee Gugenheim and Millette Sherman at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
30 Chris Goins, left, and Ali Greenfield at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Chris Goins, left, and Ali Greenfield at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
28 Bo and Courtney Hopson at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Bo and Courtney Hopson at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Diane Lokey Farb and Mickey Rosmarin at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Diane Lokey Farb and Mickey Rosmarin at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 crowd, venue at The Corinthian at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
The crowd at The Corinthian at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Stephanie and Bill Perkins at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Stephanie and Bill Perkins at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Vanessa Sobers, from left, Tiffany Smith, Ursaline Hamilton and Erika Bagwell at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Vanessa Sobers, from left, Tiffany Smith, Ursaline Hamilton and Ericka Bagwell at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 David and Estela Cockrell at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
David and Estela Cockrell at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 Mario Elie and Gina Gaston at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Mario Elie and Gina Gaston at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Tim Moloney, from left, Rebekah Johnson and Milton Townsend at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Tim Moloney, from left, Rebekah Johnson and Milton Townsend at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Sharin and Larry Norman at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Sharin and Larry Norman at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
37 Tammie Kahn, left, and  Raymona Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Tammie Kahn, left, and Raymona Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Jack and Star Massing at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Jack and Star Massing at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Morgan and Wyn Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Morgan and Wyn Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Laurie and Randy Allen at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Laurie and Randy Allen at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Nancy Littlejohn and Andrew McFarland at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
Nancy Littlejohn and Andrew McFarland at the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
36 Courtney and Bill Toomey at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
17 crowd, venue at The Corinthian at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
1 Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Katherine and Ian Fay at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
33 Christie Sullivan, from left, DeeDee Gugenheim and Millette Sherman at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
30 Chris Goins, left, and Ali Greenfield at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
28 Bo and Courtney Hopson at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
13 Diane Lokey Farb and Mickey Rosmarin at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
21 crowd, venue at The Corinthian at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
14 Stephanie and Bill Perkins at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
10 Vanessa Sobers, from left, Tiffany Smith, Ursaline Hamilton and Erika Bagwell at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
11 Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
4 David and Estela Cockrell at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
27 Mario Elie and Gina Gaston at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
6 Tim Moloney, from left, Rebekah Johnson and Milton Townsend at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
5 Sharin and Larry Norman at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
37 Tammie Kahn, left, and  Raymona Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
8 Jack and Star Massing at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
9 Morgan and Wyn Bomar at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
24 Laurie and Randy Allen at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013
18 Nancy Littlejohn and Andrew McFarland at the Children's Museum Gala October 2013

When Liz and Tom Glanville signed on to chair the Children's Museum of Houston annual gala with Kathryn and Ian Fay, there was little question as to what the theme would be. During the heyday of decadent Studio 54, Liz Glanville was living in Manhattan and frequented the hottest club in town for those three years of celebrity nightlife revelry. That lively scene would be reincarnated, sort of, at The Corinthian

Studio 54 hosted a very naughty clientele, just ask regular Mickey Rosmarin, who also lived in New York at the time. Drugs and sex in the balcony, he recalled Saturday night. No such ribald shenanigans at this fundraiser. But it was one heck of a party thanks to the spins of New York-based DJ Johnny Dynell, the '70s era stars (Donna Summer, the Village People and Liza with a Z) and the dazzling decor of Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson. And with underwriting and the live auction, the event raised $890,000.

As the 450 guests poured in, a score of disco balls spun overhead, the space shared with giant-sized gilded vases holding armloads of Casa Blanca lilies a la Studio 54 decor back in the day. At the far end of the reception area, a blazing neon "Studio 54" sign set the tone, the sign brought in from Las Vegas for the evening. Adding to the disco feel, tables were draped in glittering black and white geometric patterned cloths, some centered with white orchids, others with towering lilies.

While museum supporters were invited to dress in black-tie or dance fever style, the room was only spotted with the valiant in disco finery including Gina Gaston, Star Massing and Morgan Bomar in Afro wigs and Andrew McFarland and Tim Moloney in Andy Warhol coifs. There were lots of black sequins, the look of the late '70s, revisited for today's fashion scene. 

The party crowd was vibrant with guests including Courtney and Bill Toomey, Mario Elie, Nancy and Erik Littlejohn, Christie and Mark Sullivan, Diane Lokey Farb, Estela and David Cockrell, Millette and Haag Sherman, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Jennifer and Lance Gilliam, Sarah and Bill Hurt, Kathryn and Jeff Smith (who served as engaging auctioneer), Stephanie and Bill Perkins, Krystal and Garrett Thompson and museum executive director Tammie Khan.