Better Late Than Never

Harvey-delayed Opening Night Gala Dinner is cause for Houston Ballet celebration

Houston Ballet looks to future at Harvey-delayed Opening Night Dinner

Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner, Stanton Welch, Phoebe Tudor, Allison Thacker, Jim Nelson
Stanton Welch, Phoebe Tudor, Allison Thacker, Jim Nelson. Photo by Wilson Parish
Gillian Hobson, Alyssa Springer at Houston Ballet Opening Night DInner
Gillian Hobson, Alyssa Springer. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner, Beth Zdeblick, Shawn Stephens
Beth Zdeblick, Shawn Stephens. Photo by Wilson Parish
Bill and Courtney Toomey, Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner
Bill Toomey, Courtney Toomey. Photo by Wilson Parish
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at Houston Ballet Opening NIght Dinner
Kristy Bradshaw, Chris Bradshaw. Photo by Wilson Parish
Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious at Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner
Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious. Photo by WIlson Parish
Ted and Melza Barr at Houston Ballet Opening Night dinner
Ted Barr, Melza Barr. Photo by Wilson Parish
Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield at Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner
Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner, Stanton Welch, Phoebe Tudor, Allison Thacker, Jim Nelson
Gillian Hobson, Alyssa Springer at Houston Ballet Opening Night DInner
Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner, Beth Zdeblick, Shawn Stephens
Bill and Courtney Toomey, Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at Houston Ballet Opening NIght Dinner
Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious at Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner
Ted and Melza Barr at Houston Ballet Opening Night dinner
Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield at Houston Ballet Opening Night Dinner

What: Houston Ballet Opening Night Onstage Dinner.

Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The scoop: Hurricane Harvey delayed the gala dinner, originally scheduled for last month to herald the opening of the Houston Ballet season at the Wortham Theater Center, which was damaged in the flooding. But chairs Shawn Stephens and James Jordan and Beth and Nick Zdeblick were not deterred as the ballet moved the mixed repertory program, Poetry in Motion, to the Hobby Center.

After the Thursday night performance debut, 250 guests made their way onstage for a dinner catered by Jackson and Company in an intimate space with gold covered tables, floral centerpieces in fall colors, and flickering candles, created by The Events Company.
                                                
The evening raised $170,000 for Houston Ballet.

Who: Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Allison Thacker, Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, Hallie Vanderhider, Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield, Gillian and Don Hobson, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Carroll Ray, Beth Madison, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Amy and Jordan Pincu, Beth Muecke, Jo and Jim Furr, John and Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb, and Melissa and Michael Mithoff.