Oh la la. Five nights at the George V in Paris with airfare, Egyptian jewelry including a necklace dating from 1400 B.C., a Pebble Beach golf holiday, a Palm Beach golf holiday and more — these are just a few of the auction offerings that had guests at Wayne Smith Jewels in Uptown Park signing up early for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball auction.
The ball isn’t until Oct. 1 but chairs Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs and party host Wayne Smith welcomed a well-heeled contingent to the swank jewelry store Thursday evening to offer pre-ball enticement on the tantalizing host of auction items, a number of them reflecting the gala theme, “An Egyptian Fantasy.”
Swooning over a few of the more delectable items were Anny Whyte, Saraand Bill Morgan, Tony Abyad, Sharyn and Jim Weaver, Louis Skidmore and Kathy and Marty Goossen among others.
It was a well-fed group in the Macondo room at Américas River Oaks at midday on Thursday when supporters of Volunteer Houston’s inaugural “Taste-ful: Off the Vine Connoisseur” evening set for Oct. 27 sampled the various signature dishes that executive chef David Cordúa will be presenting that evening and that will be paired with South African wines compliments of Branwar Wines Distributing Co.
In the formal tasting, Branwar Wine’s Warren Luckett presented the vino while David explained the dishes.
Joining the tasting table were Mike Gustafson, vice president of exploration and production with ConocoPhillips, and Jared Lang of Momentum Audi, both companies sponsors of the big event. Volunteer Houston CEO Carrie Moffitt was in the mix as were Cara Morales, Nick Espinosa, Heather Prayand Branwar Wines president and CEO Wayne Luckett.
The fundraiser, which sill support Volunteer Houston’s A Visit From St. Nicholas program, will take place in Américas River Oaks.