Children’s Museum Of Houston Hosts Virtual, Superhero Theme Gala
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
THE SETTING: Homes around Houston recently hosted small, socially safe gatherings in support of one of the cities’ most beloved cultural institutions. The Children’s Museum of Houston took their annual gala virtual and hosted a superhero-themed event, titled A Marvelous Night. And, in the process, they had over a thousand Houstonians glued to their screens for a night of fun and fundraising.
THE STYLE: The evening featured a mix of patrons, who donned early evening cocktail attire, and others who got into the spirit of the evening by dressing up as their favorite superheroes, many with their children in tow. Before the virtual gala festivities began, Captain CMH and Lady CMH swooped into the homes of select underwriters to excite the children…and their parents for the fun festivities ahead.
Families then moved to their screens to watch the evening’s program. Emcees Deborah Duncan and Ernie Manouse effortlessly kept the audiences glued to their devices, large and small, with their banter and humor. Highlights of the evening included top underwriters receiving a catered, three-course meal delivered to their homes, a live auction that included a 60 bottle Instant Wine Cellar collection, and most touchingly, a video medley of children who sang the lyrics to the Pharrell song Happy as a show of support and gratitude to the museum.
THE PURPOSE: The event raised over $700,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Proceeds from the evening will go towards an array of innovative exhibits and multi-lingual learning programs for children up to the age of 12. The organization’s mission is to empower children, and transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning.