Grand Gala brings India to Houston

October 8, 2013 by  

Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts may be accustomed to feeling transported by the works displayed inside, but a generous group of charitable donors experienced a trip to an Indian palace when they entered the Museum’s 2013 Grand Gala Ball on October 4.

The Gala’s theme of ‘India!’ was beautifully realized from the moment attendees arrived. Before they even entered the museum, the guests were met by a costumed elephant named Page, with whom they were encouraged to take photos, which could perhaps later be made into souvenirs with the help of a local postcard printing company.

After photo-ops with the jumbo-sized guest, donors were led into the Arts of India Gallery and Cullinan Hall, both of which were lavishly decorated in shades of pink, red, and gold. An entry to the Law Building was also transformed into a cool and comfy resting place, with a pit of colorful pillows awaiting tired dancers and diners.

Adding to the festive décor were the guests themselves, many of whom dressed for the theme. Some of those who did not choose their ensembles to match the motif readily accepted a hint of Indian culture with the help of a supply of scarves and obliging assistants ready to transform them into shoulder and head dressings.

More than 500 museum donors attended the event, which raised over $2m. The next fundraising event for the museum will be the ‘Latin American Experience Gala’, which is scheduled for November 9. More information is available on the Museum of Fine Arts’ website.