2020 Gala

Society for the Performing Arts planned to host its 2020 Vibrant Gala April 18, 2020. While we couldn’t celebrate in person, the 2020 Gala was still successful. We want to recognize our amazing chairs, Kourtney and Vijay D’Cruz, honorary chairs Mary Ann & David McKeithan and Cheryl Byinton, our three Gala honorees for their longtime support and partnership with SPA, and all our donors for their support.

Chairs,
Kourtney and Vijay D’Cruz

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Honorary Chairs
Mary Ann & David McKeithan
Cheryl Byington

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The 2020 Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award recipient is Theresa Einhorn. Theresa has served SPA as a board member for an extraordinary 24 years, holding numerous leadership positions during that time, including Board Chair. Her tenacity and dedication to SPA have made a profound impact on the arts in Houston.

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2020 Corporate Honoree Locke Lord has supported SPA since our founding in 1966. Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Locke Lord generously hosted SPA staff in the firm’s offices for three months. Bill Swanstrom, a partner at Locke Lord, has served on the SPA board for the last 10 years and currently serves as SPA’s Vice President of Development, as well as the Chair of this year’s Gala Underwriting Committee.

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2020 Community Honoree Kinder High School for the Performing Arts (HSPVA) has been an SPA partner for over 25 years. Through this remarkable relationship, countless students at HSPVA have had the extraordinary opportunity to learn from SPA’s touring artists. We hope you enjoy this video celebrating our partnership with HSPVA.

2020 Gala Supporters

SPA wishes to thank the following supporters who made this event a success.

World Premiere
Linda & Willie Chiang

Broadway Tour
Nancy & Chuck Davidson

Dance Company
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
ConocoPhillips
Enterprise Product Partners L.P.
Janiece Longoria & Stephen Lasher
Phoebe & Bobby Tudor
Margaret Alkek Williams

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American Bank
BB&T / SunTrust now Truist Wealth
BBVA
Dobrowski Larkin & Stafford LLP
Leticia & Steve Trauber
Melanie Gray & Mark Wawro
Latham & Watkins LLP
Locke Lord
Motiva
TD Securities

Author
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
Andrews Myers, P.C.
Barclays
Casey & Chuck Boettcher
Bracewell
Theresa Einhorn & Don Yurewicz
Zabel Freeman
Brenda & Marc Watts / The Friedkin Group
Mignon & Stephen Gill
Cristina Ortiz & Ismael Hernandez
Stephany & Curt Karges
Beverly & Jim Postl
Mari Salazar / BOK Financial
Leslie & Shannon Sasser
Shearman & Sterling
Westwood Wealth Management
Winstead PC

Comedian
Chree Boydstun
Jamie DeMore
Mary Sapp & Carl Fischer
Eileen & Kase Lawal
Amy LeBlanc & Jeremy Cloud
Mary & Mark Schroeder
Patty & Mike Tilton

Explorer
Gulf Capital Bank / Amy & Jonathan Homeyer
Theresa & Edward Mallett
Miki & Ralph E. Norton, M.D.
Susan & Edward Osterberg

Patrons
Charles F. Caldwell
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Darlene Clark
Patricia & Sig Cornelius
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Elizabeth Kohlhausen
Ginni & Richard Mithoff
Katherine & Paul Murphy
Kyttie & L. Bentley Sanford