Children's Museum Houston's "Viva Las Vegas" Gala Raises $950,000

October 5, 2022
Gala co-chairs Max and Disney Harris, Michael and Lexi Marek, Liz and Crosby Scofield


Children’s Museum Houston hits jackpot raising $950,000 in night of glitz, glam and gambling!

Chaired by Lexi and Michael Marek, Disney and Max Harris, and Liz and Crosby Scofield

Presented by Phillips 66

In partnership with PaperCity


HOUSTON (Oct. 5, 2022) – Children's Museum Houston hit the jackpot raising an astounding $950,000 from underwriting and live and silent auction at this year’s “Viva Las Vegas” gala presented by Phillips 66 on Oct. 1, 2022.  The glitz and glam of the Entertainment Capital of the World turned The Corinthian into an exciting Strip filled with “what happens in Vegas” adventures.


Event chairs, Lexi and Michael Marek, Disney and Max Harris, and Liz and Crosby Scofield, invited Houston’s most generous and glamorous leaders and local supporters to take an evening gamble in support of the Museum’s educational and outreach programs.  More than 500 guests took a roulette spin into Bergner and Johnson’s vision of Vegas-style glamour complete with appearances by stunning Vegas showgirls, a casino, and a rocking visit from the King of Rock n’ Roll himself, Elvis.  


Partygoers were unable to keep a poker face when they noshed on Jackson & Company’s multi-course feast of exquisite delicacies worthy of any five-star Vegas restaurant, and an Elvis-inspired dessert.  Attendees danced the night away by music from the Drywater Band.    


During the live auction chaired by Holly Radom and Katie Arnoldy, guests had the opportunity to bid on exclusive and unique packages, including a stay-and-play at Bluejack National – the only Tiger Woods designed golf course in the U.S. (donated by Katie and Scott Arnoldy), which sold for $6,000; a timeless white gold bezel set tennis necklace featuring 3.58 ct. of diamonds (donated by Zadok Jewelers), which sold for $11,000; a private condo weekend in Aspen, which sold for $8,500; an ultimate Houston Astros game day experience for20 in a luxury catered suite and batting practice on the field (donated by Astros Foundation); a private overnight birthday party in the Children’s Museum (which sold twice); an unforgettable dinner party for 32catered by Jackson and Company inside the historic First National Bank vault(donated by Jackson and Company, Bergner and Johnson and The Corinthian), which sold for $10,000; and a two-night stay in a terrace studio at The Cosmopolitan in Sin City.  


At the top of the list of partygoers were:  Mignon and Steve Gill, Ashley and Jonathan Sloan, Devorah and David Krieger, Allison and Ivan Chavez, Ginny and Jason Endecott, Akbar Mohamed, Gilbert and Dee Dee Garcia, Alison and Cullen Powell, Beth and Nick Zdeblick, Mona and Andrew Sarofim, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner, Bethany and Ben Buchanan to name a few.