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Inspirit: Rothko Chapel’s Inspiration Dinner

Inspirit: Rothko Chapel's Inspiration Dinner

March 29, 2023 at the Astorian

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
The Astorian • Houston, Texas

Teresa and Chao-Chiung “C.C.” Lee
Judy and Scott Nyquist

Continuing Rothko Chapel’s focus on the future of civil rights in the United States, we will gather for an inspirational evening with celebrated artist and activist Carrie Mae Weems in conversation with Houstonian and award-winning journalist Ellen Susman. We hope you can join us as they will discuss the important relationship between art and activism in addressing today’s critical social justice and equity issues. Following the program, guests are welcome to continue these conversations at their table alongside dinner by Jackson & Company. 



Matt Mullenweg


The Muriel Pollia Foundation
Lynn Wyatt


AG Foundation
DAMB Foundation
Teresa and Chao-Chiung “C.C.” Lee
Virginia and Lee Lahourcade / Judy and Scott Nyquist
Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko
Susman Family Foundation
The Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff Family Fund


Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray
Linbeck Group, LLC
Avideh Shashaani and Ken McNeil
Christina and Troy Porter
Arwa and Aziz Shaibani
Carol and David Neuberger / Lois and George Stark
STOA Foundation
Susman Godfrey LLP
Michael R. Piana and Andy Weber
Sultana and Moez Mangalji / Westmont Hospitality Group

Individual Underwriters

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Individual Benefactors

Ludmila Golovine
Leigh and Reggie Smith

Individual Sponsors

Bennie Flores Ansell and David Ansell
Joy Authur
Moesha Davis
Alejandro Chaoul & Erika de la Garza
Sanford L. Dow
Gayle and Mike DeGeurin
Rebecca Gentry
Melanie Lawson and John Guess, Jr.
Sheryl L. Kolasinski
Mary Welch and Ernesto Maldonado
Hannah Sibiski and Stuart Nance
US-China Peoples Friendship Association

Additional Supporters

Leslie and Brad Bucher
Donna Fujimoto Cole
Cece and Mack Fowler
Roland Garcia
Houston Eye Associates
Caroline Huber
Cody Johnson
Karen Rosa and Jim King
Merek Family Foundation
Dallas McNamara
Maria and Stephen Metoyer
Hudson Jameson and Lilit Penrod
Carol and Dan Price
Kate Rothko Prizel and Ilya Prizel
Michele Sabino

Host Committee

Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Bennie Flores Ansell and David Ansell
Maire and David Baldwin
Sanford L. Dow
Melanie Lawson and John F. Guess, Jr.
Omar El–Halwagi
Michael B. Keegan
Karen Rosa and Jim King
Virginia and Lee Lahourcade
Laura Mayo
Judy and Scott Nyquist
Christina and Troy Porter
Kate Rothko Prizel and Ilya Prizel
Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko
Michele J. Sabino
Arwa and Aziz Shaibani
Nicola Springer
Michael R. Piana and Andy Weber

Exclusive Media Sponsorship provided by

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 

Attire: Business or Cocktail

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