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Ooh la la! Contemporary Arts Museum ladies night out takes on a French flair

Contemporary Arts Museum ladies night out takes on a French flair

14 Kelley Young, from left, Shelby Steed and Kara Childress at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Kelley Young, from left, Shelby Steed and Kara Childress at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Francine Ballard, from left, Elizabeth Satel Young and Isabel David at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Chairs Francine Ballard, from left, Elizabeth Satel Young and Isabel David at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
24 crowd, venue, party tent at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
The party tent at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Terry Havens, from left, Katie Brass and Trisha Dewhurst at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Terri Havens, from left, Katie Brass and Tricia Dewhurst at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Nicole Katz, left, and Bevin Dubrowski at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Nicole Katz, left, and Bevin Dubrowski at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Mary D’Andrea, left, and Valerie Dietrich at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Mary D’Andrea, left, and Valerie Dietrich at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Heidi Smith, from left, Allison Thacker and Kristy Bradshaw at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Heidi Smith, from left, Allison Thacker and Kristy Bradshaw at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Diane Lokey Farb, left, and Florence Rutherford at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Diane Lokey Farb, left, and Florence Rutherford at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Katherine Phelps, from left, Eleanor Gilbane, Kristin Johnson and Caroline Dannenbaum at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Katherine Phelps, from left, Eleanor Gilbane, Kristin Johnson and Caroline Dannenbaum at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Katherine Hatcher, left, and Anita Gaylor at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Katherine Hatcher, left, and Anita Gaylor at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Pippa Holt, left, and Estela Cockrell at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Pippa Holt, left, and Estela Cockrell at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Jana Arnoldy, from left, Marcy Taub and Hilda Curran at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Jana Arnoldy, from left, Marcy Taub and Hilda Curran at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Marita Fairbanks, left, and Susie Criner at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Marita Fairbanks, left, and Susie Criner at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Caroline Starry LeBlanc, left, and Kate Stukenberg at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Caroline Starry LeBlanc, left, and Kate Stukenberg at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Brittany Rose, from left, Emily Paull and Geraldine Travers at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Brittany Rose, from left, Emily Paull and Geraldine Travers at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Kate McNair, left, and Sima Ladjevardian at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
Kate McNair, left, and Sima Ladjevardian at CAM's Another Great Night. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Kelley Young, from left, Shelby Steed and Kara Childress at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
1 Francine Ballard, from left, Elizabeth Satel Young and Isabel David at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
24 crowd, venue, party tent at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
13 Terry Havens, from left, Katie Brass and Trisha Dewhurst at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
19 Nicole Katz, left, and Bevin Dubrowski at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
18 Mary D’Andrea, left, and Valerie Dietrich at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
11 Heidi Smith, from left, Allison Thacker and Kristy Bradshaw at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
17 Diane Lokey Farb, left, and Florence Rutherford at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
7 Katherine Phelps, from left, Eleanor Gilbane, Kristin Johnson and Caroline Dannenbaum at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
12 Katherine Hatcher, left, and Anita Gaylor at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
6 Pippa Holt, left, and Estela Cockrell at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
5 Jana Arnoldy, from left, Marcy Taub and Hilda Curran at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
10 Marita Fairbanks, left, and Susie Criner at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
9 Caroline Starry LeBlanc, left, and Kate Stukenberg at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
2 Brittany Rose, from left, Emily Paull and Geraldine Travers at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013
15 Kate McNair, left, and Sima Ladjevardian at CAM's Another Great Night November 2013

From the moment guests arrived at the magnificent River Oaks chateau of Terri and John Havens for the Contemporary Arts Museum's annual ladies night out, the French accent was palpable. After all, the annual "Another Great Night in November" fundraiser was renamed "Une Autre Grande Nuit en Novembre" and French fashion house Louis Vuitton was presenting sponsor.

In keeping with the theme, the traditional trivia/scavenger competition took place in the Havens' Louis XV-inspired mansion (many architectural details originated in France), thus a generous number of French-themed questions. Dinner seating was in a party tent richly dressed by Bergner & Johnson's Rebekah Johnson to resemble a chateau. The tented ceiling was lined with panels of renderings of French architectural ceilings and hung with dazzling crystal chandeliers. Peonies, hydrangeas and roses provided explosions of color.

Chapeaus off to chairs Francine Ballard, Isabel David and Elizabeth Satel Young. With 250 beautifully dressed femmes in attendance, the evening brought in more than $210,000. While the ladies dined on a French-themed dinner from City Kitchen, Louis Vuitton models strode the runway, showcasing the Spring Summer 2014 “Icons” collection inspired by French architect, designer and photographer Charlotte Perriand.

And the winners of the contest, after a tie-breaker question, were Lucia Benton, Susie Criner, Marita Fairbanks, Page Kempner, Sissy Kempner, Marley Lott, Evelyn Nolen, Jessica Phifer, Susanne Pritchard and Beverly Robinson

Among the ladies in their smashing cocktail attire were Aliyya Stude, Pippa Holt, Cabrina Owsley, Ann Wolf, Becca Cason Thrash, Erica Levit, Gracie Cavnar, Stephanie Cockrell, Diane Lokey Farb, Janet Hobby, Leslie Hull, Leigh Smith and Kara Childress.