Shanghai Surprise

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.

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