More than 440 guests enjoyed a Texas-style celebration at The Nature Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee held on October 2nd at the Houston Polo Club. The event, led by chairmen Ann and Don Short and co-chairmen Allison and Troy Thacker, raised more than $771,000.
The celebration began with cocktails and a live performance by Mighty Orq. Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas, welcomed guests to the magical town of Nature, Texas, a place that encompassed the best of the Lone Star State. As guests were seated for dinner catered by Culinaire, Bayou Roux performed live and the Vinyl Ranch Classic Country DJs followed.
The evening also featured various farmers markets, which included the Love Creek Farmers Market and the Half Moon Reef Fish Market. Along with this, guests were informed about water conservation and management techniques and discovered the value of Texas’ lakes, rivers and streams. Party-goers also had the opportunity to stop by the beauty parlor to make memories in the photo booth and taste a variety of Texas wines, beer and premium liquor.
Texas representative Gene Wu read a Texas House Resolution and Houston City Council member Stephen Costello presented a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker declaring October 2nd “Nature Conservancy Day.”
Top auction items included a 2015 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel that sold for $48,500, a Texas elk hunt for $7,501 and a selection of Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry for $7,100. After, Texas music legends Asleep at the Wheel delivered a rousing performance that got the crowd on the dance floor.