Becca & John Thrash’s Houston Fundraising Garden Party For Van Cleef & Arpels Delights

By Lance Avery Morgan
Photography by Fulton Davenport

Receiving an engraved invitation from Becca and John Thrash is always a thrill. In fact, the host-with-the-most duo are in the business of serving up fun for philanthropy, which only Becca can do with her special flair.

This time a spring garden party was the theme for several hundred guests at the Thrash’s home in Houston. The luxe, manicured lawn was the backdrop for guests arriving to celebrate the opening of the Van Cleef & Arpels store in the new River Oaks District.

The must-attend event was sold out weeks before the occasion, so the expectations were high. Like the old song goes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the attendees were enthralled with the sparkling array of priceless gem selections from the French fine jewelry house.

The attire? Black tie, naturally. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served as guests enjoyed the modeling of the latest Van Cleef jewels. The party then moved inside as a myriad of fresh lemons and bright, yellow floral décor provided the perfect accent amongst the gleaming crystal and tableware. Guests were seated around the indoor swimming pool, dining on the spring cuisine fare of white and green asparagus topped with wild mushrooms and hollandaise, grilled sea bass and swordfish with warm lemon vinaigrette, and the meal was capped by a lemon meringue tarte and pecan balls.

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alain Bernard, CEO of the Americas, and CEO Nicolas Bos were on hand for the festivities as the evening’s special guests. Champagne flowed and conversations reached a fever pitch in the grand dining space The tireless fundraiser, Thrash helmed the heated auction of a luxury trip for two to Paris that included business-class airfare, three nights in a five-star hotel and a visit to the new Foundation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry. The package sold for $30,000 to support the event, while the evening’s total raised was $132,000 for the Houston Ballet.

The Van Cleef & Arpels baubles, bangles and beads accentuated Becca’s Naeem Khan gold stunner she wore while greeting guests; later in the evening, she slipped into an Alexander McQueen number as the party progressed into the wee hours of the morning. Another triumph for La Thrash.

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