HOUSTON, March 14, 2022 – With a star-studded lineup, the Asia Society Texas Tiger Ball 2022 commemorated the 10th anniversary of its center’s opening and raised $1.65 million, a record for the event of the organization. Led by ball chairs Leigh and Reggie Smith and Tripp Carterthe March 11 event celebrated honorary prom presidents Nancy C. Allen and Anne and Albert Chao for their enduring commitment to building cross-cultural friendships and their visionary spirit that made Texas Center possible. In special recognition of the center’s 10th anniversary, Tiger Ball 2022 also celebrated three “Trailblazers” – visual artist Tiffany Chungastronaut Soichi Noguchiand Chancellor of the University of Houston Renou Khator – whose contributions to our community embody Asia Society’s mission to celebrate vibrant cultures and diverse perspectives through art, education and global partnerships. Proceeds from the gala support the Asia Society Texas’ efforts to advance cross-cultural understanding and build a more inclusive community.
The event kicked off with a special champagne toast inside the Asia Society Texas Center for the organization’s closest friends and family to raise a glass to the gala leadership and celebrate the honored “Trailblazers.” “. After a warm welcome from the Ball Chairs, ASTX President, Bonna Kol presented Ms. Allen and Mr. and Mrs. Chao with classy and deeply meaningful awards to recognize their significant support for the organization. Crafted by artist Michael Aram, the unique pieces featured black irises that symbolize wisdom, courage and admiration.
Inside the gala pavilion, over 620 guests were welcomed into an elegant sea of red and gold beautifully executed by Bergner and Johnson. A soft mist, meant to mimic the terrace of the Texas Center water garden, emanated from a resplendent wall of water topped with forsythia branches at one end of the room. Adding a touch of magic to the atmosphere, floating candles hung from oak trees above tables laden with exquisite arrangements of red roses, tulips, anemones, ranunculus and hydrangeas.
At aperitif time, the guests tasted wagyu tataki with radishes and spring carrots and duck pancakes with hoisin and green onions while the dancers of Asian American Dance, engaged with guests through demonstrations of traditional Chinese dance techniques. Guests were treated to a variety of luxurious silent auction items which included a Harry Winston Midnight Automatic 36mm Watch, Artwork by Houston-Born Artist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient Mel Chin and British-Iranian artist Kur Fortwo first class sets United Airlines airfare to Asia or Europe, and a five-day luxury Faberge London experience.
The guests were then treated to a sumptuous dinner by City kitchen with miso-glazed sea bass with white soy and red pepper threads, served with forbidden rice and ancient cauliflower with mustard seeds and ginger. After dinner, guests enjoyed a variety of desserts while celebrating on the dance floor with music provided by DJ ALX from Karma DJs.
In addition to honorary ball chairs, ball chairs and “pioneers”, special guests included Durga & Sushila Agrawal, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Ann and Jay Cuclis, Lily and Charles Foster, Kathy and Glen Gondo, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Pooja Goradia and Ravi Purohit, David Harvey, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Melanie Lawson and John Guess, Sultana & Moez Mangalji, Shazma & Arshad Morning, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Susmita and Syamal Poddar, Sylvia and Gordon Quan, David Ruiz, Sue and Randy Sim, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Starlee Sykes and Al Vickers, Selma and Mustafa Tameez, Tuu and Jim Teague, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Janae and Kenny Tsai, Stephanie & Frank Tsuru, Michelle and Rishi Varmaand Lynn Wyatt.
A full team of top talent created this year’s Tiger Ball, including Aztec Events and Tents, Bergner and Johnson, Shining Star Productionsrestoration by City kitchenand DJ’ing by DJ ALX from DJ Karma.
Proceeds from the Tiger Ball support more than 150 Asia Society Texas Center public programs each year. Next year’s Tiger Ball will take place in March 2023 and will honor Kathy and Glen Gondo.
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.