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September 2018- Houston

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28 BALINESE ROOM REDUX SHELBY HODGE PLACES HER BID. PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON, DANIEL ORTIZ, ANTHONY RATHBUN. THE SYMPHONY BALL'S NOD TO THE GLITTERING HEYDAY WHEN GAMBLING RULED I n a nod to the island city's halcyon days, the Houston Symphony rollicked in a 1940s mood at its annual ball, which marked the debut of newly anointed symphony executive director and CEO John Mangum. The Post Oak Hotel ballroom was transformed into a palm-shrouded facsimile of Galveston's notorious Balinese Room for the occasion, with a Rat Pack tribute duo of "Sammy Davis Jr." and "Deano" setting the musical tone. Overseeing the flashback were chairs Robin Angly and Robin Smith and co-chairs Darrin Davis and Mario Gudmundsson. Balinese Room tradition continued after dinner with casino games and velvet hammers, the defunct nightclub's signature drink. While the dice rolled, New York DJ Kalkutta pumped the beats. WHO: Honorees Aurelie Desmarais and University of Houston System chancellor Renu Khator; symphony music direc- tor Andrés Orozco-Estrada; and Betty and Jesse Tutor, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Ann and Jonathon Ayre, Helen and Jim Shaffer, Christine Falgout and Bill Gutknecht, Mary Ann and Dr. Bob Wilkins, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, and Princess Tatiana and Guillermo Sierra. See more Shelby Hodge at Chairs Miles Smith & Robin Angly Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson Chris & Divya Brown, Gina & Dr. Devinder Bhatia Shamika Johnson, David Peck Diane Lokey Farb Fady Armanious Jana & Scotty Arnoldy Janet Gurwitch & Ron Franklin Brinton Averil Smith, Andres Orozco-Estrada Evelyn Chen Leah Kathleen Bracken Rainel Joubert Honorees Renu Khator Aurelie Desmarais Margaret Alkek Williams John Mangum Andrew& Valerie Dingee Christine Falgout & Bill Gutknecht Jeremy Garcia & Brian McCullough Beth Wolff Shafik Rifaat & Shelby Hodge

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