Houston Symphony Centennial Gala Raises $2.6 Million
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Fulton Davenport, Wilson Parish, Anthony Rathbun, and Michelle Watson
THE SCENE: Almost 600 guests in sophisticated white tie attire walked the red carpet into Jones Hall to celebrate the first 100 years of the Houston Symphony and to pay tribute to the individuals, corporations and foundations that have translated their love of music into leadership and support of the Houston Symphony.
Guests were astonished to see a custom 8,000 square foot stage built above the Jones Hall orchestra level as the transformation of Jones Hall into a gala venue stole the show. Richard Flowers and Kirksey Gregg of The Events Company, along with David Williams, transformed the hall into a spectacular setting for a concert, seated dinner and dancing. An after-party, chaired by Divya and Chris Brown, also attracted additional guests for dancing and late-night bites.
THE VIBE: It was a once-in-a-lifetime historical event as guests were awed by the glamour and breadth of Houston’s creative and philanthropic community. Fans of the TV show Glee, enjoyed Matthew Morrison singing with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Steven Reineke. Then, the party rocked until the wee hours of the morning under a 50 foot light show dancing upon the white travertine walls of the hall as the symphony closed its special centennial season and looked ahead to ushering in its next 100 years of rousing success.
THE CAUSE: Cora Sue and Harry Mach, and their son Steven and his wife Joella Mach chaired this record-breaking event that raised $2.6 million dollars. Included in that was the silent auction chaired by Betty Tutor and Diane Gendel that raised almost $280,000 for the symphony’s education and community engagement programs. Marie Taylor Bosarge, Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, and Raphael Fliegel where honored with the Ima Hogg Philanthropy Award as this event elegantly completed the most successful season of fundraising events in the symphony’s history.