Society For The Performing Arts Hosts 50th Anniversary Gala
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Priscilla Dickson
THE SCENE: Marking the occasion of its golden anniversary, the Society for the Performing Arts celebrated fifty years of “bringing the world’s best to Houston,” with a look back at the iconic performances of SPA’s five-decade legacy… as well as looking to the future of the performing arts. The evening’s over-the-top circus-themed fundraising gala event set a record-breaking number by raising over $600,000 for their arts and education programs.
THE VIBE: The SPA Gala is always one of the highlights of the Houston social season. The evening started with cocktails and appetizers in the Wortham Theater, offering the perfect opportunity to shop the silent auction that snaked through the foyer. Everything from autographed sports memorabilia to trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Steamboat Spring, and France were some of the highlights. The venue was transformed, thanks to the talents of Rebekah Johnson of Bergner and Johnson, into a lively and whimsical circus setting for the evening, including a gourmet dinner by Jackson and Co. A jaw-dropping aerial performance by Blue Lapis kept the audience glued to their seats, which was followed by a robust live auction, then the fantastic entertainment of Skyrocket late into the night.
THE CAUSE: Applause was given to co-chairs Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges, and Janet and Bill Swanstrom, and honorary chairs Katherine and Paul Murphy and Sharon and Tim Taylor. The gala honored Marc and Brenda Watts for their dedication to the Society of the Performing Arts and contributions to the arts community in Houston. Proceeds from the Gala will further SPA’s mission in presenting the world’s best artists and performances to Houston audiences and in expanding award-winning Education and Community Engagement programs — which reach over 100,000 students and educators each year.