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Anticipation

A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala — six months early — at glam kick-off party

By Shelby Hodge

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group of 200 partied thro ...


One helluva party

Surprise 50th birthday bash is one for the record books as swank restaurant transformed

By Shelby Hodge

You simply would not have recognized Tony's on Saturday night. In a 17-hour transformation, the already-swank restaurant blossomed into a sophisticated dinner club for a 50th birthday bash that ...


Cherry blossom time

Pretty in pink: Asia Society Texas Center salutes Japan at sellout black tie gala

By Shelby Hodge

Some might have called it "pretty in pink Japan style" as Asia Society Texas Center celebrated Japan at its annual gala and for the salute washed the walls of its modern home, designed by ...


Baker Celebration

Two former presidents help Baker Institute raise $3.4 million at 20th anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

With 725 black-tie attired guests dining in tented splendor beneath a score of crystal chandeliers, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy celebrated its 20th anniversary in grand ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Men of Distinction flex their fundraising muscle: City's most powerful players gather in one room

By Shelby Hodge

We would venture to say that not a lot of serious business transpired in Houston at midday last Wednesday as the majority of men who make things happen in this city seemed to all be gathered in the ...


Y. Ping Sun

This rare homecoming queen/attorney is a rock star at Rice University

By Shelby Hodge

It's almost impossible to walk across the Rice University campus with Y. Ping Sun, wife of Rice president David Leebron, without her being stopped by admiring students and faculty. She is ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Early party of the year contender? Asia Society is on a $1 million mission to top last year's blowout

By Shelby Hodge

Last spring's "Tiger Ball" was a four-day rollicking success celebrating the Asia Society Texas Center's new home in the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed building in the museum dist ...


He can do the math

Smart money: Rice's David Leebron is the highest-paid college president in Texas

By Sarah Rufca

Rice University has only one campus and a mere 6,000 students, but leading the highest-ranked college in Texas still pays pretty well. The Chronicle of Higher Education released its survey of e ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A rockin' gala brings in $500,000 as The Temptations Review & heavy hitters help UNCF

By Shelby Hodge

The black-tie attired guests departing the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston practically floated out to valet parking on a partying high, inspired in part by the retro sounds of The Temp ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Rice Design Alliance gala plays it by the numbers: 40 years on the scene, 30 years of Cite and more

By Shelby Hodge

The final note in Rice University's centennial celebration sounded Sunday night when Rice Design Alliance hosted 900 guests at its annual gala celebrating 100 years of Rice architecture, 40 yea ...


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