Fundraising Events

The roster of annual fundraising events ranges from elegant, black-tie dinners and art auctions to a children’s party on the grounds of Bayou Bend and a sporting-clays tournament. Proceeds from all of these benefits help to ensure the museum’s future success.

For information about MFAH fundraising events, please contact:

Ashley Sneed, Development Special Events Director
or Julia Oettinger, Development Special Events Coordinator


Rienzi Spring Party

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7 p.m.
Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive
Chairs: Fran Fauntleroy, Lara and Parker Fauntleroy, Shelley and Mitch Cox, and Glenda Grainger

Rienzi, the former home of Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, is now the house museum for European decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This lovely evening includes poolside cocktails, a buffet, and delightful entertainment.  

Individual ticket price is $150. Underwriting opportunities start at $1,500. For more information, contact or 713.639.7523.

The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction

The Wrecking Ball!
Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose
Chairs: Sara Paschall Dodd and Gregory E. Fourticq, Jr.

This event is the primary fundraiser for the Glassell School of Art and celebrates its talented faculty, students, and Core artists. The evening begins with a cocktail reception in the silent auction space, followed by a casual dinner featuring food stations, and dancing to DJ Lucy Wrubel.

Individual ticket prices start at $500; tables start at $10,000. For more information, contact or 713.639.7523.

To view the silent auction early, or to bid online, please go to

Fundraising Events at the MFAH

Events take place annually, unless otherwise indicated.

The Grand Gala Ball (October)
One Great Night in November
Rienzi Society Dinner (January)
The Fine Art of Shooting: A Sporting Clays Invitational (March)
Bayou Bend Children’s Party (Spring)
Bayou Bend Garden Party (Spring)
Florescence (Spring, biennial event)
Rienzi Spring Party (Spring)
The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction (Spring)
The Latin American Experience Gala (biennial event)
The Arts of the Islamic World Gala (biennial event)