2014 Gala: An Evening at Downtown Abbey

Gala 14

From Left to RIght: Paula Paust, Harriet Hart, Trini Mendenhall, Dominique Sachse, Cindy Burns, and Martha Turner

On a chilly Friday evening, November 14, 2014, The Corinthian downtown took on the elegance of early 20th century Yorkshire aristocracy for our annual gala. Glittering chandeliers, elegant tables set with lace brought the theme of “An Evening at Downtown Abbey” to life. Guests dined and danced the night away to the Richard Brown Orchestra, who performed instrumental classics worthy of the grand duchess as well as live renditions of contemporary favorites.

Dominique Sachse and Paul Schenfeld acted as mistress of ceremonies and auctioneer, guiding the evening through Paula Paust’s (The Women’s Home’s Executive Director) heartfelt opening story, fine dining, fun posing at the photobooth, a live and silent auction, and dancing. Trini Mendenhall was the evening’s guest of honor for her lifetime of philanthropy and volunteer service in our community. Trini generously donated two Fabulous Fiesta private party packages to our live auction, where the winners and seven friends will enjoy an evening of Trini’s famous homemade enchiladas alongside Trini’s cohosts Cindy BurnsHarriet Hart and Martha Turner. Other items in the silent auction included two Texas flag paintings by local artist Taft McWhorter and a golf getaway to Kohanaiki resort in Hawaii. The evening was more than a night in the grandeur of Yorkshire, thanks to our generous attendees it was an event that raised $365,000 in integral funds for our residents’ needs.

Many thanks to all involved in making this year’s gala a success. Without you, our work would not be possible.

If you’d like to view and purchase photos from the gala, visit Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design’Event Page and submit your email with the provided password to view their gallery.