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Robert Roberts with Dan and Lori Wolterman at the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee's Luminaries of the Game benefitting Touchdown Houston at the Marriott Marquis Hotel Wednesday Feb. 01, 2017.(Dave Rossman photo)
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From left: Gary Petersen, xxxx, Janice McNair, Bob McNair and Andre Johnson with a model of a statue of Bob McNair at the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee's Luminaries of the Game benefitting Touchdown Houston at the Marriott Marquis Hotel Wednesday Feb. 01, 2017.(Dave Rossman photo)
Super Bowl Gala Celebration Hosts Luminaries
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Jenny Antill and Dave Rossman
THE SCENE: The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s signature event, “Luminaries of the Game” Gala was an over-the-top evening of red carpets, NFL superstars, dinner and entertainment celebrating the best of both professional football and Houston. The new Marriott Marquis was the scene for the most exclusive Super Bowl LI event hosted by Houston icons Lynn Wyatt and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III that honored Janice and Robert McNair. The crowd included over 1,000 guests, including more than 50 NFL Pro Football Hall of Famers, sports celebrities and Houston dignitaries. The Houston Symphony Brass Group performed as guests enjoyed the evening.
THE VIBE: The event attracted the city’s most stylish who walked the red carpet in front of swarms of national and international media to a cocktail and reception overlooking Super Bowl LI’s epicenter, Super Bowl LIVE happening next door at Discovery Green. Master of Ceremonies Chris Berman, former host of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” captivated the audience with his iconic sports-casting style, as he paid tribute to iconic moments in football history and the notable players who made those moments happen. President of RIDA Development Ira Mitzner; Houston philanthropist Lynn Wyatt; former Secretary of State James A. Baker; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett all provided remarks that praised the city of Houston as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, as well as shared eloquent and memorable remarks about Janice and Robert McNair.
Richard Flowers and The Events Company orchestrated the once-in-a-lifetime event in true Texas over-the-top style, complete with a custom paper flower wall. Inside the gala space, floor length black and silver micro sequin cloths covered the tables, and the centerpieces featured a beautiful flower arrangement include hydrangea, roses, lily blooms and phaleonopsis orchids and, of course, a silver regulation size football.
THE CAUSE: The gala reached its charitable goal of $1 million for ‘Touchdown Houston’, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s charitable program benefiting local non-profits centered around education, health and community enhancement. With all eyes on Houston days before the big game, guests were given the exclusive opportunity to pose for pictures with the official Lombardi Trophy before it was awarded to the winner of the 2017 Super Bowl LI.