SPA KICKOFF 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration: The Greatest Shows on Earth

On Tuesday, January 24th 2017, the (SPA) Society of Performing Arts kicked off their 50th Anniversary Gala, which was hosted by Leticia and Steve Trauber. It was in an intimate and quaint setting, but full of ambiance that included entertainment from a live and exquisite pianist, lite bites, wine and conversations with some pretty amazing women who serve the philanthropic circuit of charity and awareness in the city of Houston. While some were working mothers, with ties to additional groups that focus on the spirit of creating a work/life balance, others were working women and empty nesters, with extended relationship through board or chair affiliations with additional organizations, in a leadership capacity.Click here to see photos of the evening. Photography by Priscilla Dickson

Society for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce their 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration: The Greatest Shows on Earth. Co-Chairs Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges, and Janet and Bill Swanstrom, along with Honorary Chairs Katherine and Paul Murphy and Sharon and Tim Taylor, are planning the bash of the season.

The event will honor Marc and Brenda Watts for all of their dedication and hard work to SPA. The SPA Gala is slated for Saturday, April 1, 2017. Wortham Theater will be transformed into a lively and whimsical circus setting for the evening, including a gourmet dinner, exclusive silent and live auctions, and fantastic entertainment by Skyrocket!

The SPA Gala is one of the highlights of the Houston social season and will be a fun and festive evening supporting the arts. Marking the occasion of its Golden Anniversary, the gala will celebrate fifty years of “bringing the world’s best to Houston,” with a look back at the iconic performances of SPA’s five-decade legacy as well as looking to the future of the performing arts.

Proceeds from the Gala will further SPA’s mission in presenting the world’s best artists and performances to Houston audiences and in expanding award-winning Education and Community Engagement programs—which reach over 70,000 students and educators each year.

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Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 850 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, with the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA provides a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as builds relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

The SPA Gala is a major part of Society for the Performing Arts’ annual fundraising campaign, and allows the organization to continue bringing Houston outstanding talent such as violinist Itzhak Perlman, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Blue Man Group, Mark Morris Dance Company, MOMIX, Peking Acrobats, STOMP, and David Sedaris, among many others.

Tickets begin at $600 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $6,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits.  For more information regarding the Gala, please contact Lena Khattab at 713-632- 8103 or

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

― Albert Pike


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