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Children's Museum rakes in $1.1 million at rockin' "Back to the '80s" gala

Children's Museum rakes in $1.1 million at rockin' "Back to '80s" gala

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The crowd rocks at the Children's Museum's "Back to the Eighties" gala at Silver Street Studios. Photo by Jenn Duncan
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"Back to the Future" icons make the Children's Museum Gala. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015 Carmen and Butch Mach, Courtney and Courtney Toomey,
Gala chairs Butch Mach, Carmen Mach, Courtney Toomey, Bill Toomey. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Lowrie, Jed Lowrie
Milessa Lowrie, Jed Lowrie. Photo by Jenn Duncan
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Shelly Bracken, Mary Rodman and museum president Geoff Bracken. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Heather O'Conner, Ali Stornes
Heather O'Conner, Ali Stornes. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Lowery,
Rolex raffle chairs Milessa Lowrie and Christie Sullivan draw the winning ticket. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015 Crystal Thompson, Jared Thompson
Krystal Thompson, Garrett Thompson. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Isabel David, Candace Thomas, Viviana Denechaud
 Isabel David, Candace Thomas, Viviana Denechaud.  Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, John Bresnehan, Ting Bresnehan
John Bresnahan, Ting Bresnahan. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, The Spazmatics
The Spazmatics.  Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Viviana Denechaud
Viviana Denechaud leads the raucous dancing. Photo by Jenn Duncan
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Children's Museum fans sing along at "Back to the Eighties" gala. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
 Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach. Photo by Jenn Duncan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015 Carmen and Butch Mach, Courtney and Courtney Toomey,
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Lowrie, Jed Lowrie
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Heather O'Conner, Ali Stornes
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Melissa Lowery,
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015 Crystal Thompson, Jared Thompson
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Isabel David, Candace Thomas, Viviana Denechaud
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, John Bresnehan, Ting Bresnehan
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, The Spazmatics
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Viviana Denechaud
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015
News, Shelby, Children's Museum gala, Oct. 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach

Saturday night's downpour and flooding, compliments of Hurricane Patricia, did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 500 supporters who showed up at Silver Street Studios for the Children's Museum of Houston's rockin' "Back to the '80s" gala.  

The only flood that mattered here was that of the proceeds that swelled beyond $1.1 million by night's end.

With the Spazmatics on stage and most of the partygoers in '80s style attire, this night rocked from the get-go. And what better welcome wagon than the shiny DeLorean at the entrance along with Back to the Future's "Marty McFly" and "Doc Brown," lined up by J&D Entertainment. DJ Darrell Ripley, specializing in '80s tunes, added to the Madonna/Michael Jackson vibe that had everyone dancing and singing along. Decor by Darryl Murchison further added to the '80s jolt.

Applause, applause for chairs Carmen and Butch Mach and Courtney and Bill Toomey, who led the partying throng. Kudos also to underwriting chairs Krystal and Garrett Thompson and auction Kelly Sklar. Lead sponsors taking a bow for the evening's success were BB&T and Phillips 66, which has been on board with this gala for 35 years.

Highlight of the night was drawing for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch, complete with diamonds. Milessa Lowrie and Christie Sullivan chaired the raffle and drew the winning ticket that went to Nushan Daryabeygi, a BB&T customer.

The lively crowd included museum board president Geoff Bracken and wife Shelley, Houston Astro Jed Lowrie, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and wife Gina, Viviana and David Denechaud, Jared Crane and Adrienne Sayward, Mollie and Dan Castaneda, Leslie and Jack Blanton Jr., Ashlee and Benton Love, Carrie and John Vallone, Winnie Simmons and Nic Phillips and Kim and Randy Petersen.

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