SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 15th Annual Luncheon Wednesday, October 26, 2011

June 22, 2011 by  
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Society for the Performing Arts, bringing the World’s best to Houston, just announced that this year’s annual luncheon will feature guest speaker Amy Chua.  This year’s luncheon is being chaired by Karen Pulaski Tyrell and will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 on the Jones Hall Stage, beginning at 11:00 am.  Another highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of the 2011 Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award to Patsy Fourticq.

Guest Speaker Amy Chua’s current book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is an awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting.  Her personal account reveals the rewards, and the costs of raising her children as her parents raised her, the Chinese way.   Dr. Chua is a dynamic and respected author with global insights into parenting, world powers, and economics. A departure from her usual writing, Yale Law Professor Amy Chua’s third book is a parenting memoir that espouses Chinese traditions of child rearing and raising her children for success.

The proceeds from the luncheon provide the necessary funds needed for SPA’s Education and Outreach Program, Beyond the Stage that takes the performing arts into the community to present unique learning experiences enriching the lives of more than 120,000 underserved

children and adolescents in the greater Houston area annually. SPA’s educational programming includesMaster Classes, ResidenciesTeacher WorkshopsLecture/DemonstrationsCreative Writing/Choreography Programs, Student Matinees and Transportation Funding, plus performance tickets free of charge to Houston’s most underserved students. Research shows that academic performance improves and dropout rates go down when students are involved in the arts.

Since 1966, Society for the Performing Arts has built a reputation as the most innovative community-oriented nonprofit presenting organization in Houston.  Last season, more than 100,000 Houstonians enjoyed SPA.’s performances.  All funds raised at this event will benefit the education and outreach programs of Society for the Performing Arts.

WHO: Society for the Performing Arts

WHAT: 15th Annual Luncheon: Benefiting Society for the Performing Arts’ Education and Outreach Programming – Beyond the Stage

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 11:00 AM

WHERE:  Jones Hall Stage

CHAIRS: Karen Pulaski Tyrell

Honoring: Patsy Fourticq, Recipient of the Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award

SPEAKER: Amy Chua, Author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

TARIF: Tables Begin at: $5,000, Individual Tickets Begin at: $500

Contact: William Tayar (, 713-632-8103)


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