ONE GIANT LEAP

ONE GIANT LEAP

Supporters Of Ballet San Antonio Raise Funds At Luncheon

 

By Jake Gaines Photography by Rance Ristau

 

THE SETTING:  On a recent afternoon, Ballet San Antonio hosted a fundraising luncheon at the Carlos Alvarez Theater at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Announced was a new partnership with Haven For Hope, a nonprofit that provides free dance classes for the children of Haven residents. Energetic and longtime supporters of Ballet San Antonio, as well as newcomers to the organization filled the room. The Ballet welcomed Daniel Jones, editor of the Modern Love column for the New York Times as the featured guest. Other speakers included Carla Brozovich, a longtime supporter of the Ballet, Sonya Medina Williams, a new supporter of the ballet and long supporter of Haven For Hope, Ballet San Antonio C.E.O. Evin Eubanks, and Karen Lee Zachry.

 

THE SCENE:  Haven For Hope has a current population of 120 individuals and families, which includes 300 children experiencing homelessness who will be eligible for the Learning That Moves You program beginning in September. The classes will take place on the Haven For Hope campus. Through the establishment of this new program at Haven for Hope, children staying at the center will have access to free lessons in creative movement in a safe space. There they will be able to express themselves and, in doing so, cope and heal from the trauma of homelessness. 

 

THE PURPOSE:  Ballet San Antonio C.E.O Evin Eubanks said the idea for the program originated with Carla Brozovich and Sonya Medina Williams, both enthusiastic supporters of the dance company and co-chairs of the winter luncheon. NuStar Energy and The Greehey Family Foundation have generously underwritten the Haven For Hope program. Ballet San Antonio is the only, and premiere, professional ballet company in San Antonio and resides at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

 

A RINGSIDE SEAT

A RINGSIDE SEAT

Texas Biomedical Forum Hosts Chair-ity Event

 

By Jake Gaines            Photography by Super Q

 

THE SETTING:  Recently, the Texas Biomedical Forum held a unique fundraising event at the home of Gloria and Miguel Dilley. Usually, the black-tie gala celebrating the organization is one of the most important social events in the city. This smaller event, which began in 2017, occurred when The Argyle board decided to donate its chairs to the Forum, giving donors a chance to have a piece of the club’s history. The club was originally founded in 1854 and its incarnation as a private club began in 1955.

 

THE STYLE:  The Argyle contacted the gala’s president at the time, Courtney Percy, who created the idea of getting local interior decorators to put their creative spin on the chairs. The Argyle contacted the Forum’s president at the time, Courtney Percy, who created the idea of getting local interior decorators to put their creative spin on the chairs. Adrianne Frost and Mal Moorman, the 2017 special event chairs, took Percy’s idea and ran with it.

 

The organization is grateful to The Argyle for donating the chairs to the Forum. With Courtney Percy’s vision, the special events chair leaders’ achievements each year, and with the designers who have donated their time and talents, it has proved to be a perfect combination, thus ensuring its success at every event. The recent event was celebrated by so many well-dressed supporters who love the organization’s goals.

 

THE PURPOSE:  With this one-of-a-kind fundraiser, this year was the final event chaired by Gloria Dilley and Triana Grossman. The event has successfully raised over $50,000 in its three years. The Texas Biomedical Research Institute is pioneering and sharing scientific breakthroughs that protect you, your families, and our global community from the threat of infectious diseases.

 

AS YOU WISH

AS YOU WISH

Rebecca’s Wish Gala Held At Witte Museum

 

By Jake Gaines        Photography by LNP Photography

THE SETTING:  On a gorgeous night, a lively crowd of attendees gathered to support Rebecca’s Wish. The non profit was founded in 2018 and named for Rebecca Taylor, after her 10-year struggle with chronic pancreatitis and related complications. The gala, which occurred at the Witte Museum, featured keynote speakers, who included Dr. Sandeep Patel and Max Lucado, as well as Taylor herself, shared information about the organization and its goals.

THE STYLE:  A Mariachi band from the city’s Los Dragones Mariachi Southwest High School welcomed the guests. They also experienced a culinary experience provided by the RK Group, which included parmesan-crusted chicken and a creamy chocolate pot de crème with shaved chocolate for dessert. Then, a spirited live auction followed to garner funds for this worthy cause. Singer Elizabeth Latham moved the audience as she gave a poignant performance that spoke to finding a cure for a disease that afflicts more than one hundred thousand children annually. Afterward, as the party continued, The Klocks band performed to the delight of the guests as they danced the night away.

THE PURPOSE: Tracee Feik was the gala chair of the event, while Dina Selva and Jodie Harding served as the auction co-chairs. Christyn Taylor is the president of Rebecca’s Wish. The mission of the organization is to improve pediatric pancreatic research, education, and patient support, as well as find a cure for the disease.

GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

McNay Art Museum Celebrates Gala With 90s Theme

 

By Leanne Raesener         Photography by David Sixt

 

THE SETTING: The McNay Art Museum’s gala, Dining With The Masters: Fashion Nirvana, recently provided over 300 of San Antonio’s notables, sociables, and arts patrons the exclusive opportunity to dine among the masterpieces. The elegant evening also offered an exclusive preview of the spring blockbuster Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday. This cutting-edge exhibition, from gowns to grunge, is the first-ever major presentation devoted to the art of fashion at the McNay. Featuring over 40 garments by Escada, John Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Todd Oldham, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, and Vera Wang, to name a few, the exhibit celebrated the designers, models, artists, and celebrities who made the 90s an iconic decade.

 

THE STYLE: Patrons posed in front of a 90s inspired graffiti wall designed by artist Elizabeth Carrington before they made their way inside the museum as the festivities commenced. The cocktail hour was held in the venue’s courtyard where guests enjoyed a raw seafood bar and were entertained by break-dancers and DJ Sara Jessop, who played popular 90s hits.

 The dinner tables were strategically placed in the Fashion Nirvana exhibition and museum lobby. The committee did an amazing job with décor–minimal and elegant, which let talented David Garcia with Statue of Design create stunning ombre centerpieces, including clouds made entirely of baby’s breath. Don Strange of Texas treated guests to a sumptuously catered dinner of Asian inspired cuisine. During the meal, everyone showed their appreciation by funding over 140 field trips to the museum. After dinner, guests made their way to the after party for dancing led by the band Finding Friday and enjoyed 90s inspired snacks as well as a boozy inspired Capri Sun.

 

THE PURPOSE: Corinna and J.B. Richter chaired the event, presented by The Tobin Endowment and Frost Bank, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum. Proceeds from the gala benefited the McNay’s education, exhibition, and conservation programs, enabling the museum to continue its mission of engaging a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.

 

EXOTIC FLAIR

EXOTIC FLAIR

Melanie Vaughan’s German Club Debutante Party In San Antonio

 

By Jake Gaines    Photography by Greg Harrison

 

A German Club debutante party, Evening of Chinese Splendor, honored Melanie Vaughan’s travels to different regions of China that have inspired her over the last two years. She traveled there as part of her operatic vocal training with voice instructor, Dr. Chai Wai Lee of Trinity University. She, with other vocal students, performed at Chinese universities in different cities and provinces in China.

As Melanie had immersed herself in Chinese culture, she was drawn to having a party theme that was very near and dear to her heart. During her travels to China, she grew as a person, and as a singer, and looks forward to returning in the future. Melanie wore a floor-length red dress based upon an authentic Chinese design with a modern, elegant flair. The gown, designed by Nicolas Vilalba, was wrapped with embroidered silk gold dragons imported from Hong Kong and had a traditional Chinese neckline embellished with red and gold crystals.

 

Melanie and her family’s vision for the occasion were brought to life by Billinda Wilkinson and India Rhodes of Wilkinson Rhodes, who created a Chinese ambiance  for the guests. Upon arrival at the Witte Museum, guests were greeted by a magnificent 12-foot long, hand-carved dragon, looming over the entrance guarded by two massive handmade gold Foo Dogs. Red Chinese lanterns dripped from the beams of the entrance as guests approached a 12-foot-high ice carving of a Chinese pagoda flanked on either side by Chinese Warriors, inspired by the Terracotta Army guarding Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum. Surrounding the ice Pagoda were holes drilled to hold shots of
Singapore Sling cocktails for the guests’ enjoyment, while the Lemon Grass Empress martinis were passed upon entry to the venue.

Inside, the venue was transformed to convey the feeling of a drawing-room in a Chinese Palace. Tables were draped with silk tablecloths and surrounded by ornate red chairs. Flowered fans framing red lacquer bars with Melanie’s name painted in Chinese lettering were among the carved dragons and perched atop custom-designed food stations that had curved gold tile roofs inspired by the palaces. Red and white Chinese dragons were also embossed onto the dance floor to add to the distinctive décor.

The honoree’s travels also inspired the food for the evening. Steamed lobster dumplings were served on bamboo trays, and poke bowls were filled with many culinary delights to choose from  such as Asian short ribs over noodles in a jar of smoke, sweet and sour baby back ribs, and spicy meatballs, with red chopsticks provided.  Chocolate and Mochi Xiao Long Bao were served for dessert with milkshakes of ginger, green tea and mango passed for the guests’ pleasure, all of which were created by Cassandra Fine Catering.

VIVA CELEBRATION

VIVA CELEBRATION

San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s Annual Catrina Ball

By Leanne Raesener Photography by Chris Cantoya and Kelly Jo Johnson

THE SETTING: San Antonio’s Central Library, located in the heart of downtown, was transformed into a vibrant night market, complete with gourmet street food cuisine and musical entertainment to raise funds for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) and the Texana/Genealogy Department. This annual black-tie affair celebrates Dias de los Muertos and raises essential operating funds to sustain the SAPLF and the San Antonio Public Library system.

THE STYLE: Guests were welcomed into the fête by Neiman Marcus models, sculptures from artist Pompa Art, the musical stylings of Mojo Rimba, a student-led marimba group playing popular songs, and dance performances by the Adelitas. Guests were treated to a feast for the eyes and their palates as they encountered delicious cuisine, musical vignettes, stilt walkers, entertainers, and tequila sipping bars that were placed throughout the library for guests to discover as they explored the beautiful space.

The afterparty, held on the second floor of the Central Library, was a fabulous end to an evening of fun and frivolity as guests danced the night away around an incredible two-story Chihuly Fiesta Tower to the music of Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz Orchestra. The event’s top donors were treated to a Neiman Marcus and Veuve Clicquot lounge.

THE PURPOSE: Ruth Agather, Magdalena Gaona, and Mari Tamez chaired the event. This event honored Andi Rodriguez as La Catrina and Guillermo Nicolás as El Catrin. This year, proceeds were also raised to provide a generous gift of additional funding to support the Central Library’s Texana/Genealogy Department and transform the entire sixth floor of the Library into a world-class Texana Resource Center. The San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the library in service to our community.