Stop, collaborate and listen–more than 700 party-goers showed up and really showed out last Friday, February 2 for Fresh Arts' annual fundraising gala. This year's theme: The Crystal Ball.
Guests donned dazzling, over-the-top costumes based on their own interpretations of the icy theme–those included '20s glitz, '80s glamour, futuristic get-ups, and head-to-toe crystals. Moreover, they raised $200,000, making this year's gala the most fruitful of any in the arts organization's 15-year history. The annual ball is Fresh Arts' largest fundraising event of the year, and proceeds bolster the non-profit's mission of supporting local artists and strengthening Houston's arts community.
The Crystal Ball honored Fresh Arts Coalition founder Marita Fairbanks. Katie and AJ Brass, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, and Raquel and Andrew Segal chaired the gala, which included performances, art installations, a silent auction (full of art, naturally), and plenty of food and drinks from local vendors.
Houston's arts scene represented in full force, ensuring no shortage of entertainment thanks to music by DJ Yung Hiram; live painting by artists John Whaley, Angela Fabbri, John Whaley Jr., and Daniel Elliott; body painting by Rudy Campos of RCC Creations with Neal Hamil models; Next Iteration Theatre fortune tellers and fortune telling poetry by Traci Thiebaud; a performance by Y.E. Torres (ms. YET); and a light installation by Input Output.