Gala-goers Enthralled by Chinese-Inspired Fundraiser
It wa a grand night to be in San Antonio recently. The Texas Biomed Forum (formerly the Southwest Foundation Forum) held their sold-out annual gala at the chic Argyle Club and it will be remembered for many years to come.
The event’s red-hot Shanghai Affair was the theme that dazzled partygoers from their moment of arrival, thanks to Trinity Flowers’ Danny Cueller. Guests were surrounded by massive red lanterns, vases, Fu dogs, Asian-infused cuisine and, even traditional Chinese lion dancers. In fact, many guests dressed in festive Chinese-inspired attire to further the mood of the evening.
During the cocktail hour guests sipped on gingered champagne cocktails while entertained by dancing lions and martial arts displays by the San Antonio Lion Dance Association.
At dinner, the guests were treated to a fabulous meal prepared by the Argyle which included an Asian salmon with hoison duck breast for the first course, a hondashi-dusted petite filet mignon paired with sesame crusted ahi tuna on a bed of bokchoy, and for dessert, a Mandarin oriental soufflé. After dinner, Shangai After Dark (the after party) kicked off and people danced the night away to the music of Delta House in a sultry setting reminiscent of a night club in Shanghai in the 1930’s. Chocolate-dipped fortune cookies and other fun favors were passed, too.
It wasn’t all fun and games though, since the goal of raising $200,000 was rapidly met to create seed money for the scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (formerly Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research). As we all know, the good folks at the Texas Biomed Forum supports Texas Biomed through community relations, volunteer services and fundraising. Good work, gala goers and to all the talented staff who created the event so flawlessly.