Shelby's Social Diary

In a night of stellar entertainment, Houston Ballet steals the show at Pink at the Brown

In a night of stellar entertainment, Houston Ballet steals the show at Pink at the Brown

News_016_Pink at the Brown_Susan Rafte_George H.W. Bush_Jana Arnoldy
Susan Rafte , George H.W. Bush , Jana Arnoldy Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_001_Pink at the Brown_Silken Kelly_Giovanna Kaufman
Silken Kelly , Giovanna Kaufman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_005_Pink at the Brown_Pierce Bush_Lindsey Fondren
Pierce Bush , Lindsey Fondren Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_012_Pink at the Brown_Pheobe Tudor_Shelly Power_Jana Arnoldy
Pheobe Tudor , Shelly Power , Jana Arnoldy Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_013_Pink at the Brown_Jane Weiner_Lourdes Hernandez_Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo_Leslie Nelson_Susan Rafte
Jane Weiner , Lourdes Hernandez , Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo , Leslie Nelson , Susan Rafte Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_002_Pink at the Brown_Stanton Welch_C.C. Conner
Stanton Welch , C.C. Conner Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_006_Pink at the Brown_Linda Lorelle_Lou Gregory
Linda Lorelle , Lou Gregory Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_014_Pink at the Brown_George H.W. Bush_Barbara Bush_Scotty Arnoldy_Jana Arnoldy_Phoebe Tudor_Bobby Tudor
Scotty Arnoldy , George H.W. Bush , Jana Arnoldy , Phoebe Tudor , Barbara Bush , Bobby Tudor Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_007_Pink at the Brown_Bill Monteleone_Denise Monteleone
Bill Monteleone , Denise Monteleone Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_008_Pink at the Brown_Billy Crocker_Catherine Crocker
Billy Crocker , Catherine Crocker Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
News_016_Pink at the Brown_Susan Rafte_George H.W. Bush_Jana Arnoldy
News_001_Pink at the Brown_Silken Kelly_Giovanna Kaufman
News_005_Pink at the Brown_Pierce Bush_Lindsey Fondren
News_012_Pink at the Brown_Pheobe Tudor_Shelly Power_Jana Arnoldy
News_013_Pink at the Brown_Jane Weiner_Lourdes Hernandez_Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo_Leslie Nelson_Susan Rafte
News_002_Pink at the Brown_Stanton Welch_C.C. Conner
News_006_Pink at the Brown_Linda Lorelle_Lou Gregory
News_014_Pink at the Brown_George H.W. Bush_Barbara Bush_Scotty Arnoldy_Jana Arnoldy_Phoebe Tudor_Bobby Tudor
News_007_Pink at the Brown_Bill Monteleone_Denise Monteleone
News_008_Pink at the Brown_Billy Crocker_Catherine Crocker

Applause, applause for the talented participants in the Pink at the Brown performing arts extravaganza at Wortham Theater Center. For more than 90 minutes, they wooed a willing audience – including former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush — with song and dance and dramatic readings, all for the benefit of the Pink Ribbons Project

Since 1998 the breast cancer awareness non-profit has been orchestrating the biennial fundraiser that brings together talent from across the city. Taking the spotlight at various times on stage in the Brown Theater were talents from Houston Grand Opera, Da Camera of Houston, the Society for the Performing Arts, Houston Boychoir, Houston Girls Chorus and Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center. Readings by the Alley Theatre's Annalee Jefferies were interspersed between the various presentations.

Highlight of the presentations were compliments of Houston Ballet, which contributed two beautiful, classical pieces — excerpts from Sleeping Beauty and from Raymonda — that were alone worth the price of admission.

The evening was chaired by Jana Arnoldy and Phoebe Tudor with Shelly Power serving as artistic chair. Honorees Randalls Food Markets, Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo and Lourdes Hernandez were recognized in a program that coincided with the underwriter dinner that preceded the performance. A champagne and dessert reception for all ticket-holders followed in the theater center's Grand Foyer.

A special treat for key players in the evening was the photo op with the Bushes. Among those filing into the Green Room to greet the former president and first lady were Pink Ribbons Project principals Jane Weiner and Susan Rafte and executive director Loubel Cruz. Add Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor and the president's grandson Pierce Bush.