A Night To Remember

Revered Texas novelist and Oscar winner thrill gala crowd with Houston insights

Revered Texas novelist thrills gala crowd with Houston insights

Larry McMurtry, from left, Diana Ossana, Greg Curtis and BillBroyles at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Larry McMurtry, from left, Diana Ossana, Greg Curtis and Bill Broyles. Photo by © Kim Coffman
News, Center for Houston's Future, Irma Diaz Gonzalez, Donna Cole, Nov. 2014
Irma Diaz Gonzalez, left, with honoree Donna Cole. courtesy of Facebook
Alex and Astley Blair, from left, with Joni Baird at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Alex and Astley Blair, from left, with Joni Baird. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jessica and Vean Gregg at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Jessica and Vean Gregg. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Susan Young, from left, Keiji Asakura and Gwendolyn Goffe at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Susan Young, from left, Keiji Asakura and Gwendolyn Goffe. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mack Fowler, from left, with Anne Mendelsohn and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Mack Fowler, from left, with Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Ken Broughton and Fabine Welch at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Ken Broughton and Fabine Welch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Larry McMurtry, from left, with Laura and Rick Jaramillo at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Larry McMurtry, from left, with Laura and Rick Jaramillo. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jim and Pam Wells, from left, and Carmela and Kelly Frels at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Jim and Pam Wells, from left, and Carmela and Kelly Frels. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Ivan and Ruthanne Mefford at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Ivan and Ruthanne Mefford. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dorothy and Mickey Ables at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Dorothy and Mickey Ables. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bill Broyles, from left, Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Anne Taylor and Ed Harris at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Bill Broyles, from left, Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Anne Taylor and Ed Harris. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Carol and Clint Wood at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Carol and Clint Wood. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bruce and Marguerite Culpepper at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Bruce and Marguerite Culpepper. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Larry McMurtry, from left, Diana Ossana, Greg Curtis and BillBroyles at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
News, Center for Houston's Future, Irma Diaz Gonzalez, Donna Cole, Nov. 2014
Alex and Astley Blair, from left, with Joni Baird at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Jessica and Vean Gregg at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Susan Young, from left, Keiji Asakura and Gwendolyn Goffe at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Mack Fowler, from left, with Anne Mendelsohn and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Ken Broughton and Fabine Welch at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Larry McMurtry, from left, with Laura and Rick Jaramillo at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Jim and Pam Wells, from left, and Carmela and Kelly Frels at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Ivan and Ruthanne Mefford at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Dorothy and Mickey Ables at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Bill Broyles, from left, Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Anne Taylor and Ed Harris at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Carol and Clint Wood at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014
Bruce and Marguerite Culpepper at the Center for Houston's Future dinner November 2014

There could not have been a more appreciative audience than the one gathered at River Oaks Country Club for the Center for Houston's Future's "Dinner and Conversation" fundraiser headlining Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry, screenwriter and producer Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain) and Texas Monthly founding editor and screenwriter (Apollo 13Bill Broyles.

The names alone would have been enough to fill the ballroom with the 425 eager guests. But they delivered an unexpected, delicious, candid and very personal conversation from the stage. Broyles took a class under McMurtry when the author was teaching at Rice University. Ossana and McMurtry have been collaborating since 1992 and shared an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain

The conversation ranged from McMurtry's heart surgery to his bout with depression to his works and writing. The Wichita Falls native and author of 29 novels shared his love for Houston, while long-time friend and collaborator Ossana elaborated on his remarks.

This rare evening of high talent was chaired by Anne Taylor and Ed Harris with Chevron as sponsor. The evening included presentation of the Center for Houston’s Future Impact Award to Donna F. Cole, president and CEO of Cole Chemical, Management and Distribution. Recognized as Impact Award finalists were Mack Fowler, principal and CEO of Madison Resources and Orion Pacific Holdings, and Kim Sterling, president of Sterling Associates.

The mesmerized gathering included former Texas Monthly editor Gary Curtis, Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Chevron's Joni Baird, Alex and Astley Blair, Antje and Harry Gee, Carmela and Kelly Frells, Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Paul Murphy, Gwen Goffe, Marguerite and Bruce Culpepper, and Catherine Mosbacher, the Center for Houston's Future president and CEO.