September 19, 2011 by  
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Children’s Museum of Houston aspires to raise $1 million in
Asian-inspired evening event
October 15

Chaired by George and Kathy Britton and Paul and Katherine Murphy

The Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) is bringing the Far East close to home when it transforms The Corinthian into a Pan-Asian masterpiece for this year’s “FantASIA” gala at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2011 in downtown Houston.

The event chairs, George and Kathy Britton, and board member and former CMH president Paul Murphy, along with his wife Katherine, invite you to help them accomplish their mission of raising $1 million to boost the Museum’s educational and outreach programs. This funding is vital in maintaining the Museum’s day-to-day operations and in providing an outstanding place for children in the community to learn and  have fun!

Join more than 500 of the most generous local supporters and nosh on a multi course feast of exquisite Asian delicacies catered by Jackson & Company, accompanied by music from Quiet Storm and Sky Rocket. Be greeted by Kaminari Taiko’s heart pounding drumming and mingle to Lee’s Golden Dragon’s jaw dropping acrobatics as you’re immersed in Darryl & Co.’s vision of the orient and beyond.

The big board, live and silent auctions will be led by auction chairs, Marcia Smart and Karen Turbidy. Bid on exclusive and unique packages, including: a one-of-a-kind stay at any Starwood Resort for seven nights anywhere in the world with first class tickets on CMH’s official airline, United Airlines; viewing passes to the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day International Parade plus United Airlines tickets and stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Thanksgiving weekend; flying with the Texans on their chartered plane, riding on the team’s police escorted buses, staying in the team’s hotel and attending the game with General Manager Rick Smith; or enjoying the grandeur and opulence of India with stays in Udaipur and New Delhi! A Chinese
Dragon Dance will be performed during the live auction.

Joining the Brittons and Murphys at the top of the list of party-goers include: dinner chairs Mario and Gina Elie and Michael and Melissa Mithoff; CMH Board President Lance Gilliam and his wife Jennifer; William J. Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Bob J. Perry, Michael and Lisa Holthouse, Michael and Susan Plank, and Jim and Franci Crane, to name a few.

Tables of 10 are available at sponsorship levels of $30,000, $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000, as well as a limited number of $5000. Individual tickets may be purchased at $1,000 and $500.

Valobra has generously donated a stunning jewelry piece, exquisitely designed by Valobra, valued at $10,000 to be raffled. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit CMH’s day-to-day operations and the winning ticket will be announced at the FantASIA gala. Raffle tickets are five for $400 or $100 each.

Your contribution supports the Museum in its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a love for lifelong learning in all children. For more information, table reservations, gala tickets, or raffle tickets, contact Development Manager of Fundraising Events, Allison White, at (713) 535-7269 or

America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, winner of Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks “Best Museum in Houston 2009 & 2010,” Click2Houston’s “Best Museum 2010,” the Children’s Museum of Houston is a’s nationwide 5-star children’s museum. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children. Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. The Museum serves more than 1,100,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. It is located at 1500 Binz in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is $8 per person and $7 for seniors 65 years and older and for members of the military. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
Free Family Nights are offered Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. courtesy of the Houston Endowment, the Wortham Foundation, Inc. and the John P. McGovern Foundation. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m. The Museum is open at 9 a.m. on the Second Saturday of every month for Museum Members. The Museum is closed Mondays but open on Federal Holidays, during Houston Independent School District’s Spring Break and during the summer months from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (713) 522-1138. The Children’s Museum of Houston is A Playground for Your Mind™ Can your mind come out to play?™

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