Texas Biomedical Forum Gala Spring Soirée Takes Flight
By Jonathan Spindel Photography by Super Q Photography and Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: The Argyle set the scene for the Mariposa Gala, so named for the progressive transformation within the Research Institute and its community of supporters. As guests arrived, they were serenaded by an all-female mariachi group while enjoying the Argyle’s famous margaritas and passed hors d’oeuvres. Many chose to pose and have their picture taken in front of a one of a kind elegant hand-painted Chinoiserie back drop. Acrylic and stilted colorful butterflies added to the magic of the evening.
The classic décor of the Argyle was masterfully transformed by the Austin-based event company Caplan Miller. Tables were set with sage green velvet and silk table linens, smoke grey Lucite Chiavari chairs and blush floral centerpieces accented with ginger jars and colorful butterflies. Guests were gifted with lovely favors from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry at their seat secured by favors chair Jessica Berg.
THE VIBE: Partygoers had the opportunity to bid on several exclusive silent auction packages and purchase raffle tickets solicited by silent auction and raffle chair Kelly Wade Fry. The generous silent auction and raffle donors raised a record-breaking sum. As always, the food and service at The Argyle was one of the evening’s highlights. Following dinner, guests were joined by after party guests in the blush-draped tent with crystal chandeliers and festoon lighting. There were many elegant seating areas throughout the tent, an espresso bar with Mexican wedding cookies from Lily’s Cookies, and the classic Argyle nachos, sliders and frites. The guests danced the night away at the after party enjoying the electric sounds of the dueling DJ’s.
THE CAUSE: This year’s gala, organized by chair Denise Mosser, and co-chair Nicole McClane, raised well over $400,000 for the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. The organization was founded in 1970 by a group of inspiring and hardworking women with the same goal to support the life-changing and life-saving work being done at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute through community awareness and fundraising.