Men in Black-tie

Men in black-tie: Museum's boys' night out raises almost $1.3 million

Men in Black-tie: Museum's boys' night out raises almost $1.3 million

Kitch Taub, from left, Paul Hobby, Ralph Eads and Jeff Hildebrand at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Kitch Taub, from left, Paul Hobby, Ralph Eads and Jeff Hildebrand. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Karl Stern, from left, Christopher Gardner; Rich Kinder and Gary Tinterow at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Karl Stern, from left, Christopher Gardner; Rich Kinder and Gary Tinterow. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Ramesh Krishnan, from left, Garfield Johnson, Rick Ngo and Cary Moorhead at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Ramesh Krishnan, from left, Garfield Johnson, Rick Ngo and Cary Moorhead. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Jim Bucher, left, and Brad Bucher at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Jim Bucher, left, and Brad Bucher. Photo by © Wilson Parish
John Morton, left, and Derrick Mitchell at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
John Morton, left, and Derrick Mitchell. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Paul Murphy, from left, Paul Hobby and Keith Maxwell at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Paul Murphy, from left, Paul Hobby and Keith Maxwell. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Francis Carr, left, and John Bresnahan at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Francis Carr, left, and John Bresnahan. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Ellis Tudzon, from left, Michael Covert, Leonard Tallerine and Bruce Arendale at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Ellis Tudzon, from left, Michael Covert, Leonard Tallerine and Bruce Arendale. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Bart Brechter, from left, Bill Hill and Jeffrey Stone at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Bart Brechter, from left, Bill Hill and Jeffrey Stone. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Christopher Sarofim, from left, and Dale Dorn at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Christopher Sarofim, left, and Dale Dorn. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Bobby Tudor, left, and Pat Oxford at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Bobby Tudor, left, and Pat Oxford. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Gary Tinterow at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Gary Tinterow. Photo by © Wilson Parish
Kitch Taub, from left, Paul Hobby, Ralph Eads and Jeff Hildebrand at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Karl Stern, from left, Christopher Gardner; Rich Kinder and Gary Tinterow at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Ramesh Krishnan, from left, Garfield Johnson, Rick Ngo and Cary Moorhead at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Jim Bucher, left, and Brad Bucher at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
John Morton, left, and Derrick Mitchell at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Paul Murphy, from left, Paul Hobby and Keith Maxwell at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Francis Carr, left, and John Bresnahan at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Ellis Tudzon, from left, Michael Covert, Leonard Tallerine and Bruce Arendale at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Bart Brechter, from left, Bill Hill and Jeffrey Stone at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Christopher Sarofim, from left, and Dale Dorn at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Bobby Tudor, left, and Pat Oxford at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014
Gary Tinterow at Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH One Great Night November 2014

Since its inception several decades ago, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's "One Great Night in November" has been a financial windfall year over year, proving that when it comes to writing the big philanthropic checks, you can count on the men in black-tie to do the heavy lifting.

Such was the case on Tuesday when the dinner evening (at one time referred to as a men's smoker) held at the MFAH brought in a tidy $1,282,790 million, thanks in part to grand underwriter Cadence Bank. While museum staff takes care of the logistics of the event, there was no designated chairman this year. Rather an honorary committee of past chairmen served as titular heads.

As is tradition, the gents peruse a selection of artworks, hand picked by MFAH curators, for purchase for the museum's permanent collection. They then vote on which pieces they would like to see remain. While a total of 14 pieces were acquired with the evening's proceeds, the two receiving highest votes were Seated Figure (1500-300 B.C., earthenware figure) and James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne (1879/80, etching and drypoint, state IV/IX). 

Cadence Bank's Paul Murphy joined museum director Gary Tinterow and museum board chairman Rich Kinder in addressing the gathering of 367, who sat down for a manly dinner prepared by City Kitchen. The evening was sweetened for the gents by the donation of Scotch from Balvanie and Davidoff cigars from The Briar Shoppe. 

Among guests were Meredith Long, Ralph Eads, Fayez Sarofim, Charles Duncan Jr., Charles Duncan III, Frank Hevrdejs, Brad Bucher, Will Mathis, Lenoir Josey, Jeff Hildebrand, Paul Hobby, Cal McNair and Wally Wilson.