|The Houston Symphony held its Opening Night Concert and Gala “Beethoven Rocks” at Jones Hall. Co-chairs were Susan and Dick Hansen, Susan and Mike Plank, and Vicky and Paul West. The theme was black and white and so the female chairs of the evening wore jewel colors so as to stand out. The honorees were the Mach Family – Cora Sue and Harry, Joell and Steven and Carmen and Butch Mach.
The evening, hosted by the Houston Symphony League and Houston Symphony Society, began with a concert at Jones Hall, followed by dinner at the Corinthian.
It kicked off the Houston Symphony season with more than 400 guests attending and grossing a record breaking $325,000. Richard Flowers, a big underwriter on décor, displayed handpainted Warhol themed pianos centerpieces stuffed with pink and red roses and orchids.
|The Gilt Groupe held a private screening of "The Duchess" in Chicago.|
|“Rough Point,” the Bellevue Avenue estate of the late Doris Duke, was transformed into a lavish Moroccan fantasy, complete with giant topiary camels, for the 2nd Annual Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, given by the Newport Restoration Foundation for contributions to preserving the historic nature of Newport.
2008 Winners were Alexandra Allardt for 73 Division Street, Carol and Les Ballard for “Edgehill”, 31 Beacon Hill Road, and the Ramparts and Barracks at Ford Adams. The presentations were made by Mr. Roos, Shantia Anderheggen, Hiistoric Preservation Planner, City of Newport, and Newport City Manager Edward Lavallee.
All proceeds from the awards celebration benefit the Doris Duke Fund for Historic Preservation, which distributes grants to civic and non-profits organizations within the community.
|Photographs by Pete Baatz and Fulton Davenport (Houston); Kari Skaflen (Duchess)|