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Dining with the elephants: Houston Zoo VIPs enjoy quite a unique champagne experience

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Houston Zoo Asante Society spring dinner al fresco. Where: On the grounds of the Houston Zoo. The 411: More than 220 members of the upper level donor group were whisked ...


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Houston historic preservation efforts celebrated in River Oaks: Who got the gold bricks?

By Shelby Hodge

What: Preservation Houston's 35th anniversary Cornerstone Dinner. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 300 preservation-minded men and women gathered to celebrate pre ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Green Machine roars into action, raising $1.2 million for downtown park

By Shelby Hodge

Natives of southern Californian Soraya and Scott McClelland had hoped for a California vibe when they chaired Saturday night's Discovery Green "Gala on the Green." Mother Nature ...


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VIPs celebrate MFAH's major coup with a special sneak peek: No other U.S. city gets this art

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston dinner and preview of Georges Braque: A Retrospective. Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The 411: Just days before the exhibition opened t ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A-list crowd turns out for first look at The Age of Impressionism exhibit

By Shelby Hodge

Typically, donor dinners offering a preview of new exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are attended by 100 or so with special interests in the works on display. But it was a gathering m ...


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Legendary mountain climber sticks up for nature in Houston, helps raise $480,000

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Nature Conservancy of Texas annual conservation luncheon. Where: Hyatt Regency The 411: Having reached the summit of Mount Everest five times, explorer Peter Hillary, son of renow ...


Shelby About Town

Texas Children's throws a house party, Latin Women rock Tootsies & United Way femmes frolick

By Shelby Hodge

When Barbara and Michael Feigin took over MainStreet America for an evening benefiting Texas Children's Hospital, they launched a fresh approach to charitable fundraising.  The dozen s ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Three mayors, one Lt. Governor and $1.46 million in hand mean big success for Gala on the Green

By Shelby Hodge

As magical as a fairytale, as elegant as a royal coronation and as green as the Emerald City of Oz, Saturday night's Gala on the Green transformed Discovery Green into a black-tie wonderland wa ...


Museum News

Rich Kinder to head up search committee for MFAH's Peter Marzio successor

By Steven Thomson

After several months of silence following the December 2010 death of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Peter Marzio, the institution has revealed its search committee for the new director. Serv ...


Shelby's Social Diary

It was a chilly night at the African Forest preview, but the animals loved staying up past bedtime

By Shelby Hodge

Who would have ever guessed that the day of the major donor preview of Houston Zoo's new African Forest would be so chilly that coats and gloves were required. Not that all of the 250, who poni ...


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