Rescheduled Three Times, Pearl Ball Weathers Pandemic, Power Outages to Raise $220K

Leah and John Leggett, Stefanie and Cody Carper

IT'S BEEN A wild week — all right, year — of weather, with a potential tropical disturbance on its way to the H today. But on Tuesday night, as the storms barreled through and many parts of Houston lost power, a gathering at River Oaks Country Club proceeded by candlelight, helmed by a determined duo who had already rescheduled the event three times.


Virginia and Will McMullen organized the Good Samaritan Foundation's 2021 Pearl Ball — perhaps unknowingly fittingly themed A Night Under the Stars — and had pushed the date back due to the pandemic and a broken water main. But on this night's event, the adage "the show must go on" rang as true as ever.

After guests enjoyed a well-lit cocktail hour set to the sounds of the David Caceres Band, the lights flickered and went out as dinner was being brought out. But Blooming Gallery's tablescapes luckily included plenty of candles, which illuminated the ballroom, and the band continued with some saxophone tunes. And the kitchen miraculously continued to churn out piping-hot dinner for the 150 guests.

Power was restored after about an hour, and partygoers celebrated on the dance floor. The evening raised $220,000 for the Good Samaritan Foundation, which recognizes the hard work of the nursing community and grants scholarships to nursing students.

Christine and David Wade

Courtney and Jason Fertitta

Daniel Zilkha, Janie Zilkha, Thomas Smith

Dr. Deborah Jones, Shawn Jones

Julie and Frank Bayouth

John Page and Dr. Tonya Page

Lauren Cottrell and Pam Wynne

Marc Vasquez and Sarah Ringold

Michael Reel, Darren Lindamood, Will McCullen

People + Places

Crane at Minute Maid Park, located near his two Downtown restaurants, Potente and Osso & Kristalla

In the fifth annual portfolio, meet the icons whose ambitions and accomplishments have shaped those of America’s most fascinating city — and the new titans guiding Houston to an exciting future. Presented in partnership with Residences at The Allen and Bentley Houston

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

'Interplay/Overlay' (photo by Lynn Lane)

WITH SPRING NEARLY over, Houston Contemporary Dance Company is ready to wow audiences with two performances before the summer officially arrives.

Keep ReadingShow less
Art + Entertainment