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"Nature Rocks" at boot-scootin' good time gala with country star and celebrity chef

"Nature Rocks" at good-time gala with country star and celebrity chef

News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, David Pruner, Alie Pruner, Laura Huffman, Dee Boswell, Jeff Boswell
David Pruner, Alie Pruner, Laura Huffman, Dee Boswell, Jeff Boswell. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Elliott Bouillion, Judy Bouillion
Elliott Bouillion, Judy Bouillion. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Tuckerman, Oliver Tuckerman
Melissa Tuckerman, Oliver Tuckerman. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Tony Gutierrez, Bryan Caswell
Tony Gutierrez, Bryan Caswell. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Anne Duncan, Charles Duncan
Anne Duncan, Charles Duncan. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Pete Selig, Anne Ashmun
Pete Selig, Anne Ashmun. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Brittany Cassin, Travis Cassin
Brittany Cassin, Travis Cassin. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, John Eddie Williams, Sheridan Williams
John Eddie Williams, Sheridan Williams. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Lee Nix, Kristen Nix, Fanny Jones, Bobby Jones
 Lee Nix, Kristen Nix, Fanny Jones, Bobby Jones. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy, Oct. 25, Helena Mendez, Scott & Elizabeth Gardner
Helena Mendez, Scott Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Sydney Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider
Sydney Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Aimee Snoots, Wynne Snoots
Aimee Snoots, Wynne Snoots. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Joni Baird, Jack Ingram
Joni Baird, Jack Ingram. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Dana Roy, J. Martin, Tommy Atkins,
Dana Roy, J. Martin, Tommy Atkins. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Rachel Wilson, Jonathan Parker, Hannah Ricks
Rachel Wilson, Jonathan Parker, Hannah Ricks. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, David Pruner, Alie Pruner, Laura Huffman, Dee Boswell, Jeff Boswell
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Elliott Bouillion, Judy Bouillion
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Tuckerman, Oliver Tuckerman
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Tony Gutierrez, Bryan Caswell
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Anne Duncan, Charles Duncan
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Pete Selig, Anne Ashmun
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Brittany Cassin, Travis Cassin
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, John Eddie Williams, Sheridan Williams
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Lee Nix, Kristen Nix, Fanny Jones, Bobby Jones
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy, Oct. 25, Helena Mendez, Scott & Elizabeth Gardner
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Sydney Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Aimee Snoots, Wynne Snoots
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Joni Baird, Jack Ingram
News, Shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Dana Roy, J. Martin, Tommy Atkins,
News, shelby, Nature Conservancy gala, Oct. 2015, Rachel Wilson, Jonathan Parker, Hannah Ricks

With chef Bryan Caswell in the kitchen and Texas country music star Jack Ingram on stage, the Nature Conservancy's annual gala easily lived up to its title, "Nature Rocks."

Caswell's team of cowboy-clad waiters circulated through the party tent at Houston Polo Club offering platters of tempting caviar "twinkies" and jalepeno cheese biscuits with chicken. Once the filet mignon dinner was served, it was Ingram's time to shine.

Among the first on the dance floor were honorees Anne and Charles Duncan, recognized for their long-time support of the conservancy. Dinner chairs Alie and Dave Pruner were quick to join the dance party as well, along with co-chairs Dee and Jeff Boswell and Judy and Elliott Bouillion.

After last year's steaming heat and lengthy program, the 400 guests in jeans and boots welcomed the breezy fall weather and the abbreviated program that delivered the message without guests wanting to shoot the messenger.

Texas State director Laura Huffman and sponsor Chevron's Joni Baird welcomed the crowd and thanked all for their support, which totaled more than $520,000 for the conservancy kitty.

Supporters included Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Kristen and Lee Nix, Sue and Gary Hanna, Lisa and Dana Roy, Kim Cagle, Tim Mullin, Abbi and Rob Antablin, Aimee and Wynne Snoots, Hallie Vanderhider and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.