Museum Of Fine Arts Ball Celebrates Lynn Wyatt
By Jen Roosth
Photography by Jenny Antill and Wilson Parish
The Museum of Fine Art’s Black & White ball drew more than 440 guests for a glamorous evening of dinner and dancing. The Museum’s Cullinan Hall was transformed by the evening’s theme, with art deco-inspired, black and white striped walls, chandeliers, and floors. Tables were set with similarly striped linens and white orchid arrangements by Richard Flowers of The Events Company. After dinner, a three-tier, black and white striped coconut birthday cake was presented to Super Sociable Lynn Wyatt as party-goers serenaded the evening’s host with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
THE VIBE: Guests enjoyed the sounds of dinner music by the David Caceres Orchestra, followed by dancing to New York-based DJ Mad Marj (Marjorie Gubelmann in from New York). City Kitchen wowed with a menu that included seared diver sea scallops with stone-ground mustard mousseline, saddle of lamb with sauce Bordelaise, red quinoa pilaf with heirloom baby carrots and broccolini, and wine pairings. For dessert, guests indulged in a chocolate biscuit with butterscotch toffee mousse, bittersweet chocolate sauce, and crème fraiche gelato.
THE CAUSE: Museum director Gary Tinterow reported The museum recorded its highest-netting and highest-grossing ball in history, exceeding its goal with $2,010,000 raised. The final dollar amount received a last-minute boost thanks to Elton John, who donated a pair of signed sunglasses to be auctioned off at the Ball in Lynn’s honor. Funds directly benefit the operating budget of the MFAH. Underwriters included Lynn and Oscar Wyatt , River Oaks District , the Honorable and Mrs. Hushang Ansary Cherie and Jim Flores; Hildebrand Foundation; Nancy and Rich Kinder; Palmetto Partners, Ltd., Susan and Fayez Sarofim, Apache Corporation; Mrs. Diane Lokey Farb; Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence; Cornelia nd Meredith Long; Beth Madison; Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, Charles Butt/H-E-B; Alfred C. Glassell, III; Lynn and Peter Coneway/Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs.