With Herb Remington's Texas Playboys providing the music and some 50 antiques dealers from around the world displaying their fine wares, the Theta Charity Antiques Show preview party got the fundraising weekend off to a galloping start.
More than 1,200 eager shoppers and supporters poured into the George R. Brown Convention Center for the first look at the intriguing collection of antiques dating from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Susan Martin is presiding as chairwoman over the show that runs through Sunday. Founded in 1952 by Kappa Alpha Theta Houston Alumnae, the Theta Charity Antiques Show is considered by many aficionados to be one of the top three antiques shows in the country for its size and quality.
Since that first show, the non-profit has contributed more than $6 million to medical research, the cultural arts and education in the Houston area.
Joining Martin in her starring role were her husband, Tom Martin, and their sons, Daniel Martin and Weldon Martin.
Among those enjoying the first look were Beverly and Dan Arnold, Vivian and Tom O'Leary, Diane Lokey Farb, Alice and Randy Helms, Janet Lionberger, Lisa Schwartz, Michelle Brock, Bette Newton, Kenneth Bentsen, Jennifer and Ray Bowen and Jane Karotkin, Texas Governor's Mansion curator and administrator of the Friends of the Governor's Mansion.