Press Release

Moonrise Party Raises Funds for Unique Programming

March 28, 2018

Rothko Chapel's Moonrise Party Raises a Glass to the Moon and Funds for Unique Programming

​HOUSTON - The Rothko Chapel’s bi-annual Moonrise Party successfully raised much needed funds for the Chapel’s current season of programming which integrates art, spirituality and human rights. Held on Friday night, March 23, in the Gallery at MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston), the Moonrise Party celebrated the mission of the Rothko Chapel and the 110th birthday of its co-founder, Dominique de Menil.

Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious bites and authentic tacos by Cuchara and astrology readings by Herb Hochman and Sister Glo Knows. DJ Mexican Blackbird spun an eclectic selection of tunes from her extensive vinyl collection and Como Las Movies wowed the crowd with NuevoWave dance beats all the way from Austin. Bergner and Johnson provided floral décor and up lighting, making the space feel like a walk on the moon.

David Leslie, Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel, got the evening off to a celebratory start with a toast to Dominique de Menil, co-founder of the Chapel and the inspiration for the work that the Chapel strives to do in service to the Houston community: “Mindful of a person whose was faithful to her nature and whose power of influence is still felt today, I want to offer a toast to Dominique de Menil on the occasion of her 110th birthday. This is a toast of gratitude for her and John de Menil’s ability to gather so many talented people, much like the wonderful group we have here at Moonrise, who envisioned, created and ensured that the Rothko Chapel would contribute to the betterment of the world in so many ways!”

Moonrise Party guests included Rothko Chapel board members and long-time donors, along with new faces who fit right in with the fun and lively crowd. Seen throughout the evening: Rothko Chapel board chair-elect, Michael Piana; Rothko Chapel board members with their spouses, Maconda and Sacha Abinader, Sandy and Heather Dow; board member, Ludmila Golovine; and supporters of the Chapel, Adelaide de Menil, Michael Ray Charles, Gayle and Mike DeGeurin, Martha and Blake Eskew, Duyen Huynh and Marc Nguyen, Mavis P. Kelsey, Tatiana and Craig Massey, Dallas McNamara, Tricia and Charlie Neuhaus, Lauren and Manish Shah, and Tatiana Sorkin.

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