$1.2 Million Gala
Mega proceeds, record crowd transport Asia Society Tiger Ball into gala stratosphere
The Asia Society Texas Center's annual "Tiger Ball" might have spotlighted Korea, but the night sparkled with the coterie representing H-Town's entire global citizenry, many of whom dressed in national attire.
It was a record turnout of 700 business, political and social leaders, who contributed to the gala's $1.2 million success.
Applause, applause for chairs Lou Ann and Alexander C. Chae and Susan and Michael K. Jhin. Congratulations to the evening's honorees Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen III, who serves as the center's board chairman. Asia Society's executive director Bonna Kol and Chevron's Joni Baird presented honors to the couple.
The party got started in the Chevron Gala Pavilion (or party tent) where exhilarating Taiko drummers set a stirring pace for the evening. Adding to the international flair of the event were sushi stations from Suchic, The Shushi Co., compliments of reception hosts Kathy and Glen Gondo. The party then moved into the Asia Society building where guests were greeted by volunteers modeling traditional Korean gowns from Jasmine Shinhyo Park's collection.
City Kitchen provided the dinner, Commercial Art delivered the dance tunes and a lavish dessert buffet moved the party back to the pavilion.
Headliners among the stellar group included Asia Society's grand patron Nancy Allen, Anne and Albert Chao, Andrea and Bill White, Margaret Alkek Williams, Phoebe Tudor, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Lily and Charles Foster, Claudia and Roberto Contreras, and Isla and Tommy Reckling.
Plans are already underway for the 2017 Tiger Ball which will celebrate India and honor Sushila and Durga Agrawal.