Better Late Than Never
Harvey-delayed Opening Night Gala Dinner is cause for Houston Ballet celebration
What: Houston Ballet Opening Night Onstage Dinner.
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The scoop: Hurricane Harvey delayed the gala dinner, originally scheduled for last month to herald the opening of the Houston Ballet season at the Wortham Theater Center, which was damaged in the flooding. But chairs Shawn Stephens and James Jordan andBeth and Nick Zdeblick were not deterred as the ballet moved the mixed repertory program, Poetry in Motion, to the Hobby Center.
After the Thursday night performance debut, 250 guests made their way onstage for a dinner catered by Jackson and Company in an intimate space with gold covered tables, floral centerpieces in fall colors, and flickering candles, created by The Events Company.
The evening raised $170,000 for Houston Ballet.
Who: Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Allison Thacker, Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, Hallie Vanderhider, Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield, Gillian and Don Hobson, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Carroll Ray, Beth Madison, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Amy and Jordan Pincu, Beth Muecke, Jo and Jim Furr, John and Becca Cason Thrash, Diane Lokey Farb, and Melissa and Michael Mithoff.