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Dining with the dinosaurs means more than $1.1 million for Houston Museum of Natural Science

Dining with the dinosaurs means more than $1.1 million for Houston Museum of Natural Science

Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, dinosaurs, skeletons
These party animal lit up the night at the Houston Museum of Natural Science gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya
Lucinda Loya , Javier Loya Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Conrad Goerl, Josiane Goerl
Conrad Goerl , Josiane Goerl Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Billy McCartney, Christie McCartney, Carmen Dikmen, Kiki Dikmen
Billy McCartney , Christie McCartney , Carmen Dikmen , Kiki Dikmen Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, crowd, venue, dinosaurs
Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Shari Provenzano, Mark Provenzano
Shari Provenzano , Mark Provenzano Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Linda Fields, Jerry Fields
Linda Fields , Jerry Fields Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Courtney Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
Courtney Fertitta , Jason Fertitta Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Amy Lee, Christie Sullivan
Amy Lee , Christie Sullivan Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Susanne Bartsch, Joel Bartsch, Kelli Weinzierl, John Weinzierl
Susanne Bartsch , Joel Bartsch , Kelli Weinzierl , John Weinzierl Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Karen Penner, Murry Penner
Karen Penner , Murry Penner Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Lisa Kalavar, Sanjay Kalavar, Carolyn Dorros
Lisa Kalavar , Sanjay Kalavar , Carolyn Dorros Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Rudy Festari, Debbie Festari
Rudy Festari , Debbie Festari Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jill Lancaster, Alyssa Barrett, Rania Semaan
Jill Lancaster , Alyssa Barrett , Rania Semaan Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jerry Ross, Joanne Ross, Melinda Stubbs, Sam Stubbs
Jerry Ross , Joanne Ross , Melinda Stubbs , Sam Stubbs Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jenee' Stefanakis, Nick Stefanakis
Jenee' Stefanakis , Nick Stefanakis Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Garvin Gaston, Michael McFarlane, Leigh McFarlane, Caroline Gaston
Garvin Gaston , Michael McFarlane , Leigh McFarlane , Caroline Gaston Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Barbie Ross, Bruce Ross
Barbie Ross , Bruce Ross Photo by © Gary Fountain
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, dinosaurs, skeletons
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Conrad Goerl, Josiane Goerl
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Billy McCartney, Christie McCartney, Carmen Dikmen, Kiki Dikmen
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, crowd, venue, dinosaurs
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Shari Provenzano, Mark Provenzano
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Linda Fields, Jerry Fields
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Courtney Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Amy Lee, Christie Sullivan
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Susanne Bartsch, Joel Bartsch, Kelli Weinzierl, John Weinzierl
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Karen Penner, Murry Penner
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Lisa Kalavar, Sanjay Kalavar, Carolyn Dorros
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Rudy Festari, Debbie Festari
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jill Lancaster, Alyssa Barrett, Rania Semaan
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jerry Ross, Joanne Ross, Melinda Stubbs, Sam Stubbs
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Jenee' Stefanakis, Nick Stefanakis
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Garvin Gaston, Michael McFarlane, Leigh McFarlane, Caroline Gaston
Museum of Natural Science gala, March 2013, Barbie Ross, Bruce Ross

We can't think of a more exotic, more fascinating venue in the city for dinner than the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Morian Hall of Paleontology. And so it was for 700 or so lucky individuals who paid the price of admission to be part of Saturday night's fantastic HMNS black-tie gala.

For those who had yet to visit the museum's latest addition, the experience was practically overwhelming and for those familiar with the beyond-spectacular exhibition, to see it set with glamorous dinner tables generated unexpected awe.

"So impressive," cooed one visitor. "Spectacular," observed another. "Phenomenal," commented one newcomer to the exhibit.

"A Prehistoric Party, Slither to the Sound" was the theme of the glam evening that, before auctions and special donations began, had brought in $1.1 million. That was sweet music to the ears of chairs Josiane and Conrad Georl  and Lucinda and Javier Loya and to museum president Joel Bartsch.

 

Beaming board president Jason Fertitta, accompanied by wife Courtney Hill Fertitta, proudly pointed out that the HMNS has the largest number of visitors in the country per square foot of museum of space.

As guests entered the hall where giant (and we mean giant) armadillos, enormous ground sloths (think sloth-zilla) and all manner of ancient creatures roamed, the comments were rich. "So impressive," cooed one visitor. "Spectacular," observed another. "Phenomenal," commented one newcomer to the exhibit.

It was indeed a spectacular evening during which City Kitchen served one of its typically grand dinners, in which guests perused a vast array of auction offerings (including the traditional gemstones collection) and ultimately broke into dance as SkyRocket lit up the night. Receiving kudos for the array of auction items were auction chairs Carmen and Kiki Dikmen and Christie and Billy McCartney.

Lucky guests in this well-heeled group included Amy and Jim Lee, Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Laurie and Reed Morian, Carol and John Howenstine, Katherine and Bill Phelps, Elizabeth and Gary Petersen, Melinda and Sam Stubbs, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Stephanie and Bill Perkins, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Ericka Bagwell and Alex Klein, Jenee and Nick StefanakisFaith and Lee Majors and Anita and David Garten.