The dress code: boots, no ties, and anything green. So it went at the annual Green Gala benefitting Memorial Park Conservancy. Luccheses, cowboy hats, fringe and furs abounded — all quite fitting, as the theme was “Lasso your heart for the park,” and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was honored for its longstanding support; for nearly 60 years, its trail riders have ridden proudly through Memorial Park. Inside a grand white tent adjacent to the new Running Trails Center was an arboreal Arcadia with tulip magnolias atop each table. While The Crestwood Club received the Ima Hogg Volunteer Service Award, City Kitchen served up a feast appropriate for a leisurely evening on the north 40: duck tacos, spicy Gulf Coast shrimp bisque, bobwhite quail and jalapeño cheese grits. Wood & Wire provided bluegrass tunes before and after dinner. All in all, it made for a lively date night or boys’ night out (cue the fun table of rowdy gents adjacent to ours). The evening brought in $350,000 for MPC, which has embarked on its master plan wherein award-winning landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz is beautifying and ecologically restoring the storied park.
Cowboys and cowgirls: chairs Tammy Jenkins and Camille Patton; Rodeo prez Joel Crowley and chairman Jack Lyons; MPC’s chairman Jim Porter, director Shellye Arnold, Cara Rudelson, and Nicholas Butler; Joshua Ibarra, Janet and Paul Hobby, Mindy Hildebrand, and Lorraine and Ed Wulfe.