The San Luis Salute Cabaret In Paris Gala With $150 Million Yacht

By Jennifer Roosth             Photography by Dave Rossman and Gary Fountain

THE SETTING: The 25th annual San Luis Salute, hosted by the Tilman Fertitta family, was once again a night to remember earning riotous applause as revelers from near and far gathered for this year’s Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration. The party of all Texas parties sold out within hours, a record-breaking 2,000 tickets were purchased. A champagne pre-party was held dockside at Pier 21, where guests sipped Veuve Clicquot and Adam Levine’s Calirosa Tequila while mingling between the crystal-chandeliered tent stationed dockside to Fertitta’s new $150 million, 77-meter superyacht, The Boardwalk.

THE STYLE: Impresario extraordinaire, Richard Flowers of The Events Co., brought the Moulin Rouge-inspired Cabaret in Paris theme to life inside the Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort for the Salute celebration. Gala-goers were transported to a French cabaret, dripping in shades of bold red, with tables covered in black and white Damask linens topped with 12,000 roses and ostrich plumes throughout. In the main ballroom, Can-Can dancers, a Broadway performer, burlesque dancers, and an aerialist mesmerized guests before being served their filet mignon and lobster dinner. Following dinner, Adam Levine and Maroon 5, one of the most popular bands in the world, lit up the stage for an hour-long show performing their chart-topping hits like Moves Like Jagger, This Love, and Harder to Breathe. The attendees enjoyed non-stop dancing and Vegas-styler entertainment until the wee hours of the morning.

THE PURPOSE: Dr. Barbara Thompson, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was honored during the evening. The spectacular event supported The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. It introduced the entire royal court from the Knights of Momus, highlighted by King Frivolous CVI Frank Dominguez, III, and Momus Queen Libbie Lee Ansell. The Duchess Royal Court included Channing Allshouse, Libbie Lee Ansell, Anna Bassett, Francesca Bertini, Ashley Dowling, Sarah Grace Elliott, Mia Flores, Lucy Frankfort, Alexis Gust, Katherine Haver, Madison Hay, Hailey Herrold, Catherine Jackson, Lexie Koehler, Danielle Lang, Emily Metyko, Madison Morton, Savannah Olsson, Kameron Ong, Mary Katherine Piel, Caroline Perillo, Tyler Robinson, Kellie Samson, Juliet Sweeney, Taylor Termini, Evelyn Voelter, Makenzie Walser, Grace Winfrey, Cara Wolff, and Dylan Wood.

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