One Great Night

Black-tie gents add 17 works of art to museum collection during One Great Night in November

Black-tie gents add fine art to museum collection at One Great Night

Ralph Eads, John Morton, Chuck Yates, Graydon Oliver at One Great Night in November
Ralph Eads, John Morton, Chuck Yates, Graydon Oliver. Photo by Wilson Parish
Brendon Riley, Andy Bynum, Barron Wallace at One Great Night in November
Brendon Riley, Andy Bynum, Barron Wallace. Photo by Wilson Parish
Manolo Sanchez, Chris McVoy at One Great Night in November
Manolo Sanchez, Chris McVoy. Photo by Wilson Parish
Cle Dade, Chris Dodson, William Doggett, Patrick Oxford at One Great Night in November
Cle Dade, Chris Dodson, Willian Doggett, Patrick Oxford. Photo by Wilson Parish
Troy Thacker, Devinder Bhatia, Mohammed Etmiman at One Great Night in November
Troy Thacker, Devinder Bhatia, Mohammed Etmiman. Photo by Wilson Parish
Ralph Eads, John Morton, Chuck Yates, Graydon Oliver at One Great Night in November
Brendon Riley, Andy Bynum, Barron Wallace at One Great Night in November
Manolo Sanchez, Chris McVoy at One Great Night in November
Cle Dade, Chris Dodson, William Doggett, Patrick Oxford at One Great Night in November
Troy Thacker, Devinder Bhatia, Mohammed Etmiman at One Great Night in November

What: One Great Night in November.

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The scoop:  More than 275 black-tie gents filled Cullinan Hall for the fall dinner that combines good food, fine wine and great art. As is the custom at this annual event, guests examined several works of art and decided which to purchase for the museum's permanent collection from the evening's proceeds. Two pieces, Portrait of Alexander Arnold Hannay (1908) by William Nicholson and Hogan’s Alley (2014) by Stan Douglas, received the most votes, as the crowd picked 17 pieces in all, totaling $361,000.

Guests dined on a hearty four-course dinner, catered by City Kitchen, that included pan seared Gulf Coast prawns, venison chop with spiced cherry chutney, and boneless beef short rib braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables with Yukon gold potato mash. Lee and Christina Hudson provided The Hudson 2014 Chardonnay and Michael Stewart underwrote the 2013 Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Stewart Nomad Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Afterwards, some guests adjourned to an outdoor tent to enjoy a good cigar, thanks to Davidoff of Geneva.

In all, the evening raised $850,000.

Who: Cadence Bank president Hank Holmes (the bank was the Grand Underwriter for the evening), MFAH director Gary Tinterow, Jeff Hildebrand, Tony Petrello, Jim Flores, Bob McNair, Cal McNair, Cary McNair, Tony Sanchez, Gary Petersen, Meredith Long, Andrew Sarofim, Charles Duncan, John Duncan, Jonathan Finger, Alfred C. Glassell, III, Evan Katz, Rich Kinder, and Manolo Sanchez.