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High Level Patronage

Houston Symphony dedicates opening night to $5 million benefactor after receiving largest personal gift in a decade

By Shelby Hodge

The timing could not have been more perfect for Margaret Alkek Williams to make a $5 million commitment to the Houston Symphony. The philanthropist, whose beauty and grace belie her age, turns ...


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The Blind Side mom captivates luncheon audience; Texas Bowl donates proceeds from big game

By Shelby Hodge

What: DePelchin Children's Center "Families for Kids" luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Leigh Ann Tuohy, the real life mom of "The Blind Side"  ...


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Politicians have a devil of a time at Angel gala with Champagne Diva and 60-foot-long candy table

By Shelby Hodge

What: Be an Angel Awards gala. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: Carmina Zamorano chaired the black-tie gala that enjoyed a hefty political turnout starting with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a long-time ...


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Acclaimed photographer praises nurses' courage at benefit luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: The annual PARTNERS Luncheon benefiting the UTHealth School of Nursing. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 400 supporters of nursing education turned out to hear ...


Stay in School

A-listers recognize success of Communities in Schools at gala dinner raising $600,000

By Shelby Hodge

Communities in Schools had no trouble selling the gathering of 300 at the annual "Stay in School" gala on the benefits of their programs that have a 99 percent success rate. In fact, by t ...


Green acres

Houston billionaire couple pledges $10 million for Bayou Greenways project adding more park space and trails

By Shelby Hodge

Applause, applause for H-Town's philanthropic billionaires who live by the creed "to whom much is given, much is expected." Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand,  No. 318 on Forbe ...


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KIPP fundraiser rakes in $1.5 million and a shout out from the world's richest man

By Shelby Hodge

What: KIPP Houston Public Schools' 21st annual dinner, "To Infinity and Beyond." Where: Bayou City Event Center. The 411: With a performance by the KIPP Generations Collegiate ...


Best Ball Gowns Ever

Houston Grand Opera Ball brings out the best designer gowns on glamorous night: Here are our favorites

By Shelby Hodge

What better time to wear your most spectacular ball gown than the Houston Grand Opera white-tie-and-tails gala? Each year, the social swans dress to impress as at no other time. ...


Dinner and Discourse

Power couple honored as Rice University's Baker Institute raises $740,000 for new center

By Shelby Hodge

Corporate, diplomatic and education leadership turned out in black-tie force for the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy gala that not only honored one of the city's leading coupl ...


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Major gift is cause for big celebration at University of Houston School of Art fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: University of Houston School of Art graduate scholarships fundraiser. Where: In the UH Louise J. Moran Fine Arts courtyard and the Blaffer Art Museum. The 411: While ticket ...


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