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Asian Influence - Houston Style

The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston launched its new center in spectacular fashion as the annual Tiger Ball 2012 attracted nearly 1,000 attendees.

Guests (many in eye-catching attire of the culture) sipped champagne as they crowded into the Sarofim Gallery to view traditional Asian art from the Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society New York, and admire architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s stunningly elegant creations.

Dancing lions escorted patrons to a party tent across the street from the center for dinner and a soulful performance by legendary Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and the Rumi Symphony Project.

Sold out weeks in advance, the gala raised $1.4 million to support the Texas Center’s programs and operations. Now that’s teamwork.

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In the crowd were:Executive Director Martha Blackwelder and Board Chairman Charles C. Foster, chairs Margaret Alkek Williams, Durga and Sushila Agrawal, David Leebron and Y. Ping Sun, Scott and Judy Nyquist, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Charles Rockefeller, Nancy C. Allen and architect Yoshio Taniguchi.