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The Six Million Dollar Man buys Houston trees — and it's a near $1 million bonanza

The Six Million Dollar Man buys Houston trees and a champagne dream

5 Rihl and Carol Buckley, from left, and Michelle and Duncan Stewart at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Rihl and Carol Buckley, from left, and Michelle and Duncan Stewart at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
20 Dana Tyson and D.J. Don Vaughn at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Dana Tyson and D.J. Don Vaughn at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
19 Lynn Wyatt at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Honorary chair Lynn Wyatt in winter splendor at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Stephen and Allison Lewis, from left, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aasish Shah at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Stephen and Allison Lewis, from left, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aasish Shah at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 Leigh Smith and Fady Armanious at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Leigh Smith and Fady Armanious at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Charlie Thomas and Robin Klaes at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Charlie Thomas and Robin Klaes at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 John and Lisa Stoika at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
John and Lisa Stoika at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Kristin and Robert Gauntt at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Kristin and Robert Gauntt at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Ashley and Pepper Edens at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Ashley and Pepper Edens at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Christy and Matt Rowland at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Christy and Matt Rowland at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 John and Madeleine Elmer at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
John and Madeleine Elmer at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Taylor and Rhonda Holladay at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Taylor and Rhonda Holladay at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Audrey White and David Pustka at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
Audrey White and David Pustka at the Trees of Hope Gala. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Rihl and Carol Buckley, from left, and Michelle and Duncan Stewart at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
20 Dana Tyson and D.J. Don Vaughn at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
19 Lynn Wyatt at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
1 Stephen and Allison Lewis, from left, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aasish Shah at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
13 Ernie and Stephanie Cockrell at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
16 Leigh Smith and Fady Armanious at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
11 Charlie Thomas and Robin Klaes at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
17 John and Lisa Stoika at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
15 Kristin and Robert Gauntt at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
12 Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
10 Ashley and Pepper Edens at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
9 Christy and Matt Rowland at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
8 John and Madeleine Elmer at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
6 Taylor and Rhonda Holladay at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013
3 Audrey White and David Pustka at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2013

With much of River Oaks Country Club dazzling with enticing holiday decor — everything from decorated trees to a Nordic moose — the Trees of Hope "Winter White" gala proved to be an unexpected success, bringing in more than $838,000. Thanks was in part to the bidder who wagered $55,000 for a trip to France and to Faith and Lee Majors who were high bidders on two magnificent trees.

The Six Million Dollar Man and his bride laid claim to the Baccarat “Champagne Dream” tree, a white beauty dressed in a dozen red Baccarat champagne flutes, the tree designed by Bruce Padilla and Blake Barber, and placed the high bid on the traditionally-decorated “Sparkle and Shine” tree by holiday designer Regina Gust.

The sound of those credit cards running through the credit card machines was beautiful music to Trees of Hope chairs Carol Buckley and Michelle Stewart as well as honorary chair Lynn Wyatt, who has supported the organization since its inception in 1990.

Among the popular auction items were the multi-candy wrapper wine glass artwork created by anesthesiologist Dr. Alicia Kowalski,  purchased in fierce bidding by Louise and Gary Moss, and the artwork created by the children of Star of Hope’s Emergency Shelter, that piece going to high bidder and the evening's honoree Robin Klaes.

Those jumping into the holiday spirit before Thanksgiving included Rihl Buckley, Duncan Stewart, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Allison and Stephen Lewis, Roseann Rogers and Dr. Aashish Shah, Heather and Richard Holmes, Julia and Eric Gutierrez and Christy and Matt Rowland.