Society of the Performing Arts Gala A Roaring Success
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Priscilla Dickson (I believe…must double check
THE SCENE: Over 350 guests gathered in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center for the 2014 Society of the Performing Arts Gala. The evening began with cocktails and champagne, followed by a feast for the senses with fabulous French fare created by Jackson and Company. Throughout the evening, New York-based band ‘The Hot Sardines’ filled the room with its jazz sound that was so fitting of the era. Following dinner, SPA’s live auction gave guests the opportunity to bid on sought-after items such as luxury travel from sea to shining sea and shimmering jewels. To end the evening, guests danced the night away to tunes spun by DJ Sun.
THE VIBE: “Parisian Jazz Age Chic” was the theme of the evening—flappers, pearls, and feathers galore. The Grand Foyer was transformed into a carefree, Roaring 20’s Paris, when American musicians, authors, artists and socialites converged in the French capital city and the popularity of jazz exploded. Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson created a stunning atmosphere with beautiful crystal chandeliers suspending from the ceiling, massive floral arrangements scattered throughout the room, and a large print of the Eiffel tower in the background to create an authentic period atmosphere.
THE CAUSE: Chaired by Elizabeth and Tim Vail, with honorary chairs Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas, the event was a ‘roaring’ success that raised nearly $500,000. This year’s gala honored longtime SPA board member Karl Kilian, founder of the Brazos Bookstore, for his 39 years of dedicated service to the organization. Proceeds from the event benefit the SPA’s Education and Community Engagement Program that takes the performing arts into the community, and offers unique learning experiences and enrichment of more than 120.