LOCAL Houston | The City Guide May 2016 - Page 64

SCENE EVENT: THE CENTER FOR HEARING AND SPEECH ANNUAL SOUND & SOUL GALA WHERE: THE WESTIN HOUSTON, MEMORIAL CITY With more than 600 attendees in the ballroom, the evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, music by Emerald City Band and a program showcasing a day in the life at CHS. Led by this year’s event chairmen Andrea and Matt Gentle and honorary chairmen Suzanne and Jim Waller, the Gala raised more than $565,000 to help children with hearing loss learn to listen, speak and read. Photography by Giselle Yeung and Javier Conejo EVENT: HOUSTON BALLET’S RAISING THE BARRE – A DINNER IN FOUR ACTS WHERE: RDG + BAR ANNIE About 150 guests began their night with first-class valet service delicious wine served with hors d’oeuvres as guests placed their bids on a silent auction. Later they were spoiled with a fourcourse dinner designed by world-class Houston chefs with Houston ballet dancers as their sous chefs. Raising more than $65,000, Houston Ballet’s mission was to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs. Photography by Priscilla Dickson 64 L O C A L | may 16