East Meets West at Tiger Ball 2016
Asia Society Texas Center’s Major Fundraiser brings in more than $1 Million
(HOUSTON, TX) March 14, 2016 – Houston’s global community, including the crème de la crème of the bayou city’s business, political and society circles, gathered March 9 for Asia Society Texas Center’s Tiger Ball 2016, celebrating contemporary Korea.
A record crowd of more than 700 guests strolled into the grand Chevron Gala Pavilion, named for the event’s presenting corporate sponsor. Reception hosts, Kathy and Glen Gondo, welcomed guests into the grand tent with tantalizing sushi, provided by Sushic, the Sushi Company. While Taiko drummers of the Memorial Jumbo Group performed, guests flowed from a magnificent tent into the world-class Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall. Volunteers modeling Jasmine Shinhyo Park’s stunning traditional gowns greeted them as they entered the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed building. After taking in the Yeesookyung exhibition, guests enjoyed a lavish dinner catered by City Kitchen. Patrons finished the evening with dancing and an auction in which they bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Items up for auction included throwing out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game to sparkling diamond earrings to luxurious travel and dining packages. All of the female guests left with a swag bag full of fancy AmorePacific skin care products, courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
Gala Co-Chairs, Lou Ann and Alexander C. Chae and Susan and Michael K. Jhin, and guests honored Asia Society Texas Center’s Board Chairman Edward “Eddie” R. Allen III and wife Chinhui Juhn. Asia Society’s Executive Director Bonna Kol and Joni Baird of Chevron presented the honorees, Eddie and Chinhui, with the Tiger Ball 2016 award for their continued support of Asia Society.
Among the supporters in attendance were Anne and Albert Chao, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Andrea and Bill White, Isla and Thomas Reckling, Claudia and Roberto Contreras, Lily and Charles Foster, Margaret Alkek Williams, Joanne Herring, Phoebe Tudor, and Asia Society’s grand patron Nancy C. Allen.
The $1.2 million raised by Tiger Ball 2016 benefits exhibitions and programs, which promotes mutual understanding between the U.S. and Asia and strengthens the partnerships of all of Houston’s diverse communities.
Next year, Tiger Ball 2017 celebrates the magnificence of India, honoring long-time supporters Sushila and Durga Agrawal. To inquire about 2017 sponsorships, please contact Sadhavi Chauhan at SChauhan@AsiaSociety.org.
Check out photos from the event on flickr.