Smokin' good time
Gents raise big bucks for MFAH
The guys in black-tie once again proved their financial clout at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's annual "One Great Night in November."
Under the leadership of chair Lee Godfrey, a coterie of 247 gents brought in close to $740,000 at the men's smoker. The monies and the men's choices for favorite artworks garnered the museum two oil paintings by Marcantonio Franceschini (1648-1729) and a number of other works dating from 900 B.C. to 2009.
Among the heavy-hitters (and these are the big guns in town) were Frank Hevrdejs, Meredith Long, Lenoir Josey, Mayor Bill White, Harry Reasoner, Les Ballard,Tony Petrello, Don Short and Charles Givens, Hotel ZaZa owner.
And, no, after the swell dinner by Jackson & Co., washed down with major wines, the guys did not light up in the museum. The cigar smoking and port consumption were relegated to the museum terrace overlooking main street. City ordinance, you know.