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Asia Society Tiger Ball 2010

Asia Society Tiger Ball 2010

Event: Asia Society Tiger Ball 2010
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Houston, Texas
Date: June 2, 2010

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Even though it was a Wednesday evening, the party people were out in force. Aussies, Houston socialites, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others enjoyed the 2010 Asia Society Tiger Ball celebrating 70 years of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and the United States.

Asia Society’s focus this year was Australia. During the day they hosted their Annual Corporate Conference focusing on ‘Shaping the Energy Future: The Emerging Role of Australia’ followed by a black tie fundraiser.

The evening was honored by distinguished guests. Chairman of Asia Society Texas Center Charles C Foster welcomed Diplomatic Hosts Hon. Kim Beazley AC Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to the United States, the Hon. Phillip Scanlan AM Consul General of the Commonwealth of Australia in New York.

The locals who enjoyed the event were Hon. Nana Booker AM Honorary Consul General of the Commonwealth of Australia in Houston, Executive Director Asia Society Martha Blackwelder, Asia Society Board members Nat and Leela Kishnamurthy, Dr. Virendra Mathur, University of Houston President Renu Khator, ABC 13 Reporter Miya Shay and many other from the arts and culture scene.

Overall the event was fun and the main highlight was spotting Houston Rockets star Yao Ming as Yao bagged the Asia Society Texas Center Award for contribution to the Global community.

In spite of a few extra long speeches such as the lengthy page by page reading executed by Hon. Kevin Rudd, MP 26Th Prime Minister of Australia, the guests thoroughly enjoyed the roasted Australian lamb rump with native mint Jus, black olive tapenade with smashed white beans. This delicious entree was prepared by Australian Chef Jason Gould. The performance of the Australian Guitar duo Rupert Boyd and Jacob Cordover added to the good memories.

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