Ballet Ball Raises Millions

By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Fulton Davenport

THE SCENE: More than 450 Houston Ballet guests, dressed in exquisite gowns, classic tuxedos and extravagant masks, made The Masked Ball: A Tribute to Romeo and Juliet a night to remember at the Wortham Theater Center. The evening started with hors d’oeuvres and libations as guests mingled in the transformed Grand Foyer, with wall-to- ceiling drapes, chandeliers and mirrored tabletops created by The Events Company. Guests dined on a gourmet dinner by Jackson & Company and danced into the wee hours to Party on the Moon.

THE VIBE: The vibe of the event was a modern take on a classic theme, perfect for the Houston Ballet loving community. The Houston Ballet Academy students and Company members gave a special tribute to Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, the evening’s honored guests, in recognition of their tireless support of Houston Ballet. Live auctioneer Becca Cason Thrash created enormous excitement for auction items including a weeklong stay at the Tudor’s Nantucket home and a gorgeous sapphire and diamond necklace from Tenenbaum & Co., the ball’s jewelry curators. The silent auction featured art from the Barbara Davis Gallery, additional jewelry by Tenenbaum & Co., and a trove of other treasures.

THE CAUSE: Michael and Melissa Mithoff, and Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi chaired this year’s ball in honor of the Tudors, who for many years have counted Houston Ballet as one of their personal treasures. The gala raised $1,216,000 for the Houston Ballet Foundation, the second highest amount ever raised by the annual event.

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