Shelby's Social Diary
Moores School makes beautiful music at its annual spring luncheon
Support groups for higher education entities are delicious things and of particular interest on Friday was the Moores School of Music Society, which held its annual spring luncheon at the Junior League.
For many years, the volunteer organization has raised funds for scholarships and special projects such as sending the University of Houston's music school orchestra on the road for performances or sending a singing ensemble abroad for an international competition.
Friday's fundraising event honored six individuals, three of whom are directly involved with the school. Susanna Brundrett received the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Award for Vision, Leadership and Commitment for her long-term work with UH's Texas Music Festival. Franz Anton Krager was named Outstanding Faculty Member and Beth Maidson, Moores School board member, received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award.
Also taking bows were Sue Smith, who received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Shafik Rifaat, a UH architecture professor, and Shelby Hodge were recognized with the Community Service Award.
The honors were presented by long-time Moores School patron Fran Fawcett Peterson and music school director David Ashley White. Chairing the luncheon was the dynamic duo of Mary Ann McKeithan and Kathi Rovere, who have been key in enough charitable fundraising events to have this thing down to a science. Indeed.
Even with the awards presentations, a quick election of 2010-2011 officers by acclamation, announcement of silent auction winners and inspired performances by three Moores School singing groups, the luncheon was finished before the promised 1:30 departure time.
Among those swooning over the Junior League Tea Room orange rolls (and who wasn't?) were outgoing society president Cathy McNamara, incoming president Shirley Rose, previous music school director David Tomatz, UH College of Architecture dean Patricia Oliver, Ceron,Sally and Norman Reynolds, Regina Rogers, Franelle Rogers, Ashley Smith and proud husbands of the luncheon chairs David McKeithan and Bill Rovere.