ALL THAT JAZZ

ALL THAT JAZZ

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.

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POW! BAM! ZAP!

POW! BAM! ZAP!

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.

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WICKED COOL

WICKED COOL

Children’s Museum of Houston’s A Wicked Affair Gala Raises Nearly $1.1 Million

By Rob Giardinelli – Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

THE SETTING: The Corinthian in Houston was the recent setting of a wickedly good time. Over 500 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and advocated gathered for the annual Children’s Museum of Houston gala. This year’s theme, A Wicked Affair, was a spellbinding evening that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.

 

THE STYLE: The evening began with a cocktail hour in the beautiful foyer of the Beaux Arts venue. Here, patrons mingled while perusing an impressive array of silent auction items. The crowd featured a mix of black-tie clad patrons along with those who dressed thematically for the evening’s celebration. Certain tables even coordinated various themes of some of their favorite cultural touchstones, including James Bond, Peter Pan, and many others.

The action then moved to the beautifully designed main floor for the event’s program. Guests dined on a scrumptious multi-course meal courtesy of Jackson & Company. Next came the live auction, which featured spirited bidding on a host of haute items including Caribbean Getaways, a shop ‘til you drop experience at Neiman Marcus and an entertainers dream…dinner for 50 in Houston’s First National Bank Vault located in the basement of The Corinthian. The evening was capped off as partygoers danced the night away to the tunes of the Matt Wilson Band.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Ashley and Walter Weathers and Lyndsey and Bret Zorich, raised almost $1.1 million for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Over the past year, the Children’s Museum of Houston has received over 742,000 onsite visitors and impacted more than 472,000 children and parents through its educational and outreach programming.

 

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