Tiger Ball Draws a Stylish Crowd
When the Asia Society Texas Center puts on a show, you expect nothing short of drop-dead gorgeous. So it was with the Tiger Ball on the balmy Friday evening of April 26, 2013, when more than 500 of this city’s diverse and stylish elite gathered at the splendid Yoshio Taniguchi-designed premises on Southmore in the museum district to celebrate the much-anticipated annual gala, and to raise a congratulatory glass in homage to the 1st anniversary of the striking building that for the very first time, fittingly served as the venue for the Tiger Ball. The event, chaired commendably by Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, raised a whopping $650,000 to subsidize educational endeavors, cultural programs, exhibitions, and operations of the Texas Center, all with the intent of fostering cultural, social, and business engagement between the Asian and mainstream communities. Honorary chairs were Muffet Blake and Sheela and Ashok Rao.
From the moment guests stepped out of their vehicles they were spirited away like arriving royalty down the red carpet to be warmly received by John Bradshaw, Jr, the Texas Center’s affable Acting Executive Director, and the Bhatias. That set the tone for a seamless and efficiently executed evening of pampering that began with cocktails and delectable sushi to the bewitching strains of a live Hindustani classical music ensemble under a cavernous lighted marquee constructed in front of the Center.
After brief remarks, guests, dazzling in their national costumes and elegant gowns, made their way into the Center where tables covered in muted-gold fabric inundated both floors in intimate clusters that invited conversation. Musicians representing the diverse countries of Asia regaled gatherees as they enjoyed a sumptuous plated dinner catered by Jackson and Company. After dessert and coffee, guests danced ‘til the wee hours to tunes spun by DJ Sun in the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall. All in all, a delightful evening!
BY KALYANI GIRI