Children’s Museum of Houston’s Gatsby–Era Gala
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
THE SETTING: The Corinthian in Houston was the opulent setting for an incredible night of fun and fundraising. Nearly 450 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs turned out for the 29th Annual Children’s Museum Gala. The night’s The Great Gatsby theme ensured a roaring good time was had by all fortunate enough to be a part of the evening.
THE STYLE: The Roaring ‘20s-inspired black tie crowd began the night with a lively cocktail hour. Upon arrival, guests had the opportunity to pose for pictures with costumed flappers to commemorate the evening. The speakeasy theme ensured that the spirits flowed as freely as the witty repartee. Patrons also had an opportunity to bid on an impressive array of silent auction packages, inspiring them to get into the giving spirit of the evening.
Partygoers then gasped as they stepped down onto the main floor of the Corinthian to head to their seats for the main program. The space was transformed into an underground Cotton Club that would have made those who attended such parties a century ago green with envy. As guests dined on a delectable multi-course meal, they were treated to the evening’s program. Highlights included a spirited live auction featuring an Astros suite with a baseball signed by the entire 2021 Houston Astros team, as well as an opportunity to host a night at the Children’s Museum of Houston. The evening was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away to the tunes of the Love and Happiness band.
THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Devorah and David Krieger and Ashley and Jonathan Sloan, raised over $960,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. The museum’s mission is to transform communities through innovative child center learning.