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One Great Night in November

MFAH black-tie dinner for heavy-hitter gents generates $1 million in art acquisitions

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MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Michael C. Linn
The 1944 M-8 Armored Car welcomed guests at the entrance at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Law Building. Michael C. Linn Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Gary Tinterow, Bill Hill
Gary Tinterow, Bill Hill Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Bob McNair, Cal McNair
Bob McNair, Cal McNair Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Will Mathis
Will Mathis Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Marty Goossen, Tom Glanville
Marty Goossen, Tom Glanville Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Lester Smith, Lee Majors
Lester Smith, Lee Majors Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Michael Gamson
Michael Gamson Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, University of Houston Corps of Cadets
The University of Houston Corps of Cadets presented the colors a the MFAH One Great Night in November fundraiser. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Lenoir Josey, Christopher Gardner
Lenoir Josey, Christopher Gardner Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, crowd, venue
The 350 guests perused artworks on display and voted on their favorites for acquisition. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, table decorations, table setting
Decor at One Great Night in November reflected the military theme. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Michael C. Linn
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Gary Tinterow, Bill Hill
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Bob McNair, Cal McNair
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Will Mathis
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Marty Goossen, Tom Glanville
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Lester Smith, Lee Majors
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Michael Gamson
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, University of Houston Corps of Cadets
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, Lenoir Josey, Christopher Gardner
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, crowd, venue
MFAH One Great Night in November, November 2012, table decorations, table setting

With the exhibition War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath as inspiration for the evening's theme, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's One Great Night in November saluted the U.S. military while raising $1.58 million.

Retired Linn Energy CEO Michael Linn chaired the dinner evening that was among the highest grossing in the event's 29-year history. Highlighting the military theme, the University of Houston Corps of Cadets presented the colors, a 1944 M-8 Armored Car was parked at the Law Building entrance and centerpieces featured military props such as helmets and ammunition cases in place of flowers. 

The greenbacks flowed as a who's who of Houston leadership contributed to the success that resulted in the purchase of 29 artworks ranging from a 19th century painting to an ancient ceramic vessel to an inkjet print of a journalist emerging from Saddam Hussein's underground hiding place in Iraq.

Guaranteeing a tidy take for the museum were major underwriters Ralph Eads III, Jim Flores, Bill Hill, the Lawrence Family Foundation, Meredith Long/Fayez Sarofim, Bob McNair and Nabors Industries.

Among the 350 gents who perused a selection of artworks for purchase and voted on their choices were Tony Petrello, Herman Stude, Marty Goossen, Eddie Allen, Jeff Hildebrand, Les Ballard, Peter Coneway, Holbrook Dorn, Michael Gamson, Berdon Lawrence and Will Mathis. Museum director Gary Tinterow and partner Christopher Gardner were headliners in the group that sat down for dinner by City Kitchen

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