Reliving the “Disco” days was readily on display at the Chamber’s Gala celebrating Dee Farino’s two years of service as Chairman. With a theme of “Chamber 54,” members and guests dressed in vintage disco costumes enjoyed cocktails during the opening reception and took opportunities to view an array of exclusive silent auction items. Bidding was vigorous as attendees hoped their bid would win gifts such as an antique white gold & diamond ring, a Home and Garden Apple 4K TV, ballet tickets, and even a private Penguin Tour Encounter at Moody Gardens. An enticing wine raffle brought the opportunity to buy chances for desirable wine baskets containing 12 bottles.
Disco music played in keeping with the theme and preceded dinner that was served in the Junior League’s elegant ballroom. MaryBeth Wegner was the Master of Ceremonies and presided over a brief program where in-coming Board Chair Teresa Nicolas-Briggs expressed the Chamber’s appreciation for Dee’s service and presented her with a floral bouquet.
Following the program, the lively, fast-talking auctioneer took the stage to begin the bidding process for highly anticipated live packages and items that included: a sports lovers swag package, a 5 day and 4 night beach vacation at the Disney “Aluani Resort” in Hawaii, a night on the brew package, a comprehensive chef’s package for kitchen aficionados, and an Igloo cooler containing bottles of spirits ranging from bourbons to vodkas. Everyone welcomed the opening of the gambling tables and trusted their luck and or skills at poker, roulette or craps. Disco dancing rounded out the evening. It was truly a memorable and fun evening and photos of the event are displayed on the Chamber website in the “Events Photos” section under “Calendar & Events.”
With special gratitude the Chamber recognizes the generous support and work of our members, donors and volunteers. We proudly recognize the Gala Committee members: Craig Atkinson, Teresa Nicolas-Briggs, Dee Farino, Vicki Fleeger, Jessica Leone, Cindy Reibenstein, Robert Rodriguez, Belinda Rossiter, April Petronella, MaryBeth Wegner and Donna Torres.
The Chamber is grateful for these terrific sponsors:
Platinum Sponsors – Houston Highway Credit Union, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union, and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights.
Gold Sponsors – Adams Insurance Service, Allegiance Bank, CenterPoint Energy, Harris County Constable Jack Cagle, Hancock Whitney Bank, Kelly Simon Properties, Reynolds & Associates and Vickers Property Group-Kelly Simon Properties.
Silver Sponsors – BNI Heights Professionalism, BMI Energy, Disco Kings & Queens, Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Greater Heights Business Solutions, HTX Fight Camp LLC, Pinspiration, Reibenstein & Associates, MaryBeth Wegner of Send Out Cards, Taylor Woodard of Raymond James, Dee Farino, Third Coast Impressions and White Oak Medical Associates/Dr. Terah Issacson Campaign.