Illumination Gala

Illumination: Rothko Chapel's 50th Anniversary Gala

November 6, 2021 at The Post Oak Hotel


Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko
Daniella and Carlos Correa / Correa Family Foundation
Reverends Juanita and Rudy Rasmus

Saturday, November 6, 2021
The Post Oak Hotel • Houston, Texas

Event Timeline
7:00 p.m. Registration, Reception and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. Welcome and Seated Dinner
9:00 p.m. Program and Dessert

Please join us as we shine a light on extraordinary individuals who have carried on the work of our founders, Dominique and John de Menil, by building and lifting up communities around the arts, spirituality and social justice. 

Hosted by the illustrious Post Oak Hotel, guests will enjoy a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, music and some surprises along with a program celebrating our honorees.

Funds raised by the gala will support the Chapel's rich program offerings and help us to maintain and steward our landmark building, artwork and grounds.


Sanford L. Dow
Isabel and Ignacio Torras


Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt
Christina and Troy Porter
with art auction by Barbara Davis


The Muriel Pollia Foundation


The Astros Foundation
Fabergé Inc.
Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko


Maire and David Baldwin
Kate Rothko and Ilya Prizel
Isabel and Ignacio Torras


Architecture Research Office
Art Blocks
Maire and David Baldwin
Correa Family Foundation
Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher
Virginia and Lee Lahourcade
Linbeck Group, LLC
Marek Brothers
Sanford L. Dow / Poppi Massey
Katherine and Joseph Mele
Oniel and Jan Mendenhall / Trini Mendenhall
Micheline and German Newall
Node Providers
Michael R. Piana
Christina and Troy Porter
Rocky Lai / STOA International Architects, Inc.
Elton Tiemann
Thomas L. Woltz
Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt
Phase 1 Construction Team (Ruppert Landscape, Humphrey Company, Galindo & Boyd, Diffco, Renfrow + CO, Pieper-Houston Electric, Kauffman Co.)


Samantha Boles
Ann & J Kent Friedman / Esther Friedman Family Foundation
Bennie Flores Ansell and David Ansell / Holly and Josh Hudley
Karen Rosa and Jim King
Aïda Eltorie
MasterWord Services Inc.
Duyen and Marc Nguyen
Lloyd Princeton
Arwa and Aziz Shaibani
St. John's United Methodist Church and Bread of Life Inc.
Ellen Susman
Lynn and Allen Turner
James Vincent
Emilee Whitehurst

Art auction curated by Barbara Davis Gallery

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and silent auction organized by Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt & Christina and Troy Porter

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Thank you for your interest in Illumination: Rothko Chapel's 50th Anniversary Gala.

For additional information, please contact Thuy Tran, Director of Advancement, at 713.660.1405 or by email.

Sponsorship tables are available for:

$50,000 Presenting Sponsor
$25,000 Major Underwriter
$15,000 Underwriter
​ $10,000 Benefactor

For additional sponsorship opportunities contact Thuy Tran at 

Click Here to Purchase Tables and Tickets Online

Attire: Business of Cocktail

Each gala seat has a fair market value of $225 for a total of $2,250 for a table of ten.