Theatre Un­der The Stars Raises Nearly $700,000 with its One Night Only Gala

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The Theatre Un­der The Stars (TUTS) One Night Only 2017 Gala, which hon­ored Mar­garet Alkek Wil­liams for her many con­tri­bu­tions to the arts com­mu­nity in Hous­ton, was held on Satur­day night at the Hobby Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. Becky and Bart McAn­drews and Paul-David Van Atta chaired the event. The evening raised nearly $700,000! All pro­ceeds from the evening ben­e­fit the TUTS Ed­u­ca­tion and Com­mu­nity Out­reach Pro­grams. Guests of the gala were trans­ported back to the 1960s as they en­joyed cock­tails and din­ner in­side Sarofim Hall. The stage shim­mered in pur­ple and gold, and was filled with flow­ers, can­dles and a cen­ter ta­ble with a mir­rored top where the guest of honor was seated. The decor for the evening was cre­ated by The Per­fect Touch. En­ter­tain­ment for the evening fea­tured per­for­mances by stars from the cast of the up­com­ing Theatre Un­der The Stars pro­duc­tion of DREAMGIRLS -- Phoenix Best, Ta’Nika Gib­son, Zonya Love, Kerissa Ar­ring­ton, Thomas Hob­son, and Wonza John­son. This year TUTS ex­tended the fun with its first af­ter party -- the Grand Fi­nale - a throw­back to the hey­day of the 70s club scene com­plete with disco balls, a roller skat­ing raffle, and disco hits of the 70s and 80s played by the Richard Brown Orches­tra. David Peck and Hec­tor Vil­lareal served as chairs for the Grand Fi­nale. TUTS One Night Only gala and Grand Fi­nale af­ter party was sup­ported by long­time part­ners who pro­vided items for the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Zadok Jewel­ers, Elaine Turner, Ken­dra Scott, Van Cleef & Ar­pels, Gill­man Au­to­mo­tive Group, West U Travel and Katz Cof­fee. The event was catered by Culi­naire. The evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties were at­tended by 400 peo­ple. No­table guests of the evening in­cluded Mar­garet Alkek Wil­liams and Jim Daniel, Amy and Rob Pierce, Bobby and Phoebe Tu­dor, Steve and Leti­cia Trauber, Faith and Lee Ma­jors, Penny and Paul Loyd, Frank and Deme­tra Jones, Jay Landa and Daniel Turner, John Nau, Rox­ann and Tim Neu­mann, Randy and Sandy Stil­ley, Pierce Bush, Roselle and Den­nis Bald­win, TUTS Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Hil­lary Hart, and Artis­tic Ad­vi­sor, Shel­don Epps. Theatre Un­der The Stars (TUTS) is Hous­ton’s lead­ing Mu­si­cal Theatre Com­pany since 1968, with a fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­lies on the gen­er­ous sup­port of our donors to de­liver first-rate theatre ex­pe­ri­ences. Chil­dren’s Me­mo­rial Her­mann Hos­pi­tal is the of­fi­cial health­care part­ner of Theatre Un­der The Stars and the of­fi­cial spon­sor of the 2016/17 Sea­son. United Air­lines is the of­fi­cial air­line part­ner of Theatre Un­der The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the of­fi­cial me­dia part­ner of Theatre Un­der The Stars.

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