The Texas Biomedical Forum’s Annual Gala Celebrates Vintage Vegas

By: Shannon Miller Turner
Photography by
JB Lyde of Parish Photography 

THE SCENE: The glitz and glam of Las Vegas’ golden age came to life recently at San Antonio’s historic Argyle Club where the evening marked the celebration of the Texas Biomedical Forum’s annual gala. Consistently claiming the title of one of San Antonio’s hottest tickets in town, the Forum gala sold out even before invitations landed in the lucky hands of gala guests. As expected, Lady Luck smiled upon patrons who dined and danced in fabulous Las Vegas style celebrating an event that, throughout the years, has raised over $2.8 million for the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

THE VIBE: As Frank Sinatra once famously crooned, “Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars…” The wish of Ol’ Blue Eyes was granted, it seemed, for every gala patron as the city’s most brightly-shining stars mixed, mingled and traveled through time to a day when glamour was key and style reigned supreme. Having walked the white carpet, a record 642 guests found themselves in an all-white dream of Rat Pack-chic, 1950s Las Vegas. Greeted with bubbling glasses of champagne, gorgeous showgirls and a martini bar, guests enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing to music provided by New York-based DJ Kiss. With stunningly abstract floral designs by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Elvis marrying gala-goers in the Chapel of Love, the tone was set for a night to recall vintage Vegas.

THE CAUSE: Serving as gala chairs were Jordan Worth Arriaga and Courtney Glover Percy. The purpose of the Texas Biomedical Forum is to support the Texas Biomedical Research Institute through community relations, volunteer services and fundraisers. The annual gala raises money to fund pilot studies at Texas Biomed so that important medical questions can be researched and the health of all human beings can be improved.

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