After an evening of wining and dining, the 18 th Annual Pavilion Partners Wine Dinner and Auction on March 20 raised $170,000, bringing the total amount of scholarship money raised by P artners to over $1 million. This one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Main Stage at The Pavilion is the P artners’ largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this event directly fund college scholarships for Houston area students majoring in the fine arts.
“The evening was such an amazing success. We even had eleven guests donate specifically to a fine arts scholarship,” said Lisa Koetting, co-chair of the Wine Dinner & Auction. “We are happy to give back to those students who are trying to pursue a career in the arts. Hitting the million dollar mark is almost surreal.”
The scholarship program is a core piece of The Pavilion’s mission statement. P artners volunteers are actively engaged with Houston area schools promoting the program throughout the year. This dedicated committee also reviews all applications, manages student auditions and hosts a reception for winning students and donors. “In the end, we give away as much as we raise. It’s been an incredible 18 years in the making,” said co-chair Randy Lowry.
This year’s dinner honored John Robichau of Robichau’s Jewelry. Robichau has been a long time member and supporter of P artners; serving as president of the organization from 2012 to 2015 and generously donating his custom designed jewelry for auctions and fundraisers.
“John has been a wonderful leader for The P artners organization during his time as president,” said Leslie Williams, volunteer and events coordinator at The Pavilion. “Not only is he incredibly generous with his time and efforts, it is evident that he truly cares about the work that P artners is doing for the community.”
Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar served chef selected, barrel cut filet mignon as guests enjoyed wines from Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate. Jonathan Lammey, a P artners scholarship recipient, performed during the dinner. Dynamic duo Judy Larson Olson and Nelda Blair served as auctioneers for the live auction which raised more than $65,000.
Guests also had the opportunity to purchase tickets to a Wells Fargo Private Bank sponsored exclusive dinner featuring former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, hosted at the home of Astros World Series manager, Phil Garner and his wife Carol.
Additional underwriters of the event include Carol Winkler, Candi and Gerald Glenn, The George Lindahl Family, Lorri and Brian Petrauskas, Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, Sylvia Caracio, Lisa and Fred Koetting, Judy & Dick Jones, Cindy Notarainni, JoAnne and Randy Lowry, Whitney Bank, Maydwell Music Group and Modern Luxury Magazine.
Launched in 1998, The Pavilion Partners is an important part of The Pavilion and its many educational programs. Partners supports The Pavilion through fundraising for the performing arts and educational outreach programs, as well as awarding fine arts scholarships each spring. In addition to their fund-raising efforts, The Pavilion Partners provides event volunteers for performances and programs at The Pavilion throughout the year.