Shelby's Social Diary
Putting on the glitz: High-style Houstonians make a splash at exclusive New York gala
New York City glitterati got a taste of Houston glitz when a handful of H-Town notables turned out for the New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball. Among those spreading the Bayou City razzle dazzle were Lynn Wyatt, Becca Cason Thrash, Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune.
Bethune, retired United Airlines CEO, and philanthropist Sara Dodd serve on the board of the highly-regarded art academy which opened its doors for the gala. It was no-holds-barred evening that featured dinner by renowned chef Daniel Bouloud, music by DJ Kiss and sponsorship by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Soaking up not only the artwork on display but also the glam decor based on the "Nature Inspires" theme were additional Houstonians Joanne King Herring, Edward Sanchez and Dr. Roland Maldonado.
The evening raised $600,000 for scholarships for the academy's emerging artists and for public programs.
Familiar New York names in the mix included honorees photographer and artist Laurie Simmonsand painter Carroll Dunham, plus jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno, Vanity Fair contributor Bob Colacello, Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen, Fortune Magazine managing editor Andy Serwe, NYAA chair and social heavyweight Eileen Guggenheim, architect Peter Marino, publishing heir Kip Forbes and society maven and DJ Marjorie Gubelman.