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Honoree Lynn Wyatt and Richard Flowers.
Tiger Ball 2020: Celebrating the Elegance of Japan on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Asia Society Texas Center. Asia Society’s annual gala honored Lynn Wyatt, and was co-chaired by Kathy & Marty Goossen and Akemi & Yasuhiko Saitoh. Daniel Ortiz photo.

Hear the Roar! Tiger Ball Brings in $1.3 Mil

  • Lynn Wyatt and Richard Flowers
    Lynn Wyatt and Richard Flowers
  • Kathy and Marty Goossen
    Kathy and Marty Goossen
  • Gracie and Bob Cavnar
    Gracie and Bob Cavnar
  • Payal Chana, Divya Brown and Janae Tsai
    Payal Chana, Divya Brown and Janae Tsai
  • Margaret Alkek Williams
    Margaret Alkek Williams
  • Cai Wei, Lynn Wyatt and Renu Khator
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  • Bobby and Phoebe Tudor
    Bobby and Phoebe Tudor
  • Chris and Kristy Bradshaw with Sharon and Errol McLaughlin
    Chris and Kristy Bradshaw with Sharon and Errol McLaughlin
  • Duyen and Marc Nguyen
    Duyen and Marc Nguyen
  • Frank and Stephanie Tsuru with Bailey Tsuru and Tanner Saha
    Frank and Stephanie Tsuru with Bailey Tsuru and Tanner Saha
  • Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
    Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
  • Franci Neely and Carl Palazzolo
    Franci Neely and Carl Palazzolo
  • Starlee Sykes and Al Vickers
    Starlee Sykes and Al Vickers
  • The scene at Tiger Ball
    The scene at Tiger Ball
  • Serena Malhotra, Sudha Mani, Trini Mendenhall, Leela Krishnamurthy, Philamena Baird and Regina Garcia
    Serena Malhotra, Sudha Mani, Trini Mendenhall, Leela Krishnamurthy, Philamena Baird and Regina Garcia

The gorgeous springtime weather that Houston experienced this weekend was more than welcome at the Asia Society Texas Center’s annual Tiger Ball, where a pretty pink carpet and a literal truckload of Japanese cherry blossom trees and branches greeted more than 700 guests on Saturday.

Ten-thousand other blooms imported from Thailand, Holland and Oregon and artfully arranged by Richard Flowers of The Events Company set the scene for a gala celebrating the springtime beauty of Japan, all executed by chairs Kathy and Marty Goossen and Akemi and Yasuhiko Saitoh.

A cocktail hour and silent auction — a curator-led museum tour in London, anyone? — kicked off the evening, which honored none other than Lynn Wyatt. Guests, dressed in a colorful combination of black-tie and traditional Asian attire, also perused the new exhibit of ancient Chinese bronze statues and enjoyed the sounds of Japanese taiko drummers before heading into a stunning pavilion erected in the Asia Society’s parking lot. Once again, galagoers were greeted by towering cherry blossoms and origami-inspired cranes and lanterns.

Dinner was, unsurprisingly, inventive and delicious. Anokonomiyaki pancake was served with smoked duck, and the dessert spread included matcha panna cotta, and flambeed-cherry-topped ginger ice cream. After the meal concluded, the dance floor filled up and partygoers — Lynn included! — got their groove on. The evening’s total til topped $1.3 million.