Cowabunga! Gala a crashing success

‘Catch the Wave’ soiree raises $450k for UHLC

Partiers mingle and check out items up for bids in the silent auction.

Partiers mingle and check out items up for bids in the silent auction.

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April 3, 2012 -- Decked out in black tie and pearls, alumni and friends of the University of Houston Law Center nevertheless “Caught the Wave” Saturday for a night of fun, fundraising, and rock-and-roll, all with an aquatic theme, at the 36th Annual Law Gala and Auction.

A Calypso steel drum band greeted more than 500 revelers as they arrived at the “docks” of the Legends Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel.  The room was aglow with shades of blue, teal and silver to create a beautiful ocean atmosphere complete with three dimensional waves. Guests browsed the silent auction offerings and weighed their bids before enjoying the Captain’s Dinner. After the live auction, guests were invited to the Discovery Ballroom for a dessert extravaganza served by “sailors” and overseen by a live mermaid on her throne. Calories were danced away to the tunes of Infinite Groove.

“Even after so many years at this Law School, I continue to be amazed and delighted by the level of enthusiasm and support we receive,” said Dean Raymond T. Nimmer.  “I’d like to give special thanks to Bob ’81 and Shelley Schick, who chaired this most successful Gala and helped create such a unique evening, and to Shannon Smith and the rest of the External Affairs office for putting it all together.”

“This event always serves as a great opportunity for our alumni and friends of the Law Center to reconnect while enjoying a fun-filled evening,” said Kathy Brannon, Assistant Dean of External Affairs.

While friendships were renewed and contacts made, the evening generated more than $450,000 for the Law Center. The top live auction item was a trip to Costa Rica and the silent auction favorite was the ever-popular “Instant Wine Cellar” with an assortment of more than 100 bottles.

Click here for images from the event.

UH Law Alumni Association President Bill Jackson '92 and his wife, Shawn.

UH Law Alumni Association President Bill Jackson '92 and his wife, Shawn.

Gala Committee Chairman Bob Schick ’81, left, and his wife, Shelley, with Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer.

Gala Committee Chairman Bob Schick ’81, left, and his wife, Shelley, with Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer.

Dinner is topped off with a dessert extravaganza under the watchful eye of Neptune’s daughter.

Dinner is topped off with a dessert extravaganza under the watchful eye of Neptune’s daughter.

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