It's a rarity to find grown-ups not wishing they were kids again and instead simply reliving their youth. Such was the case at the Night at the Museum gala at the soon-to-open Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Just weeks before the museum's grand opening, close to 2,000 attendees — including Barbara and Don Daseke, Ross Perot Jr., Sarah Perot, Stacy and Dan Branch, Hayley Hamilton, Gary Cogill, Josh Bray, James Rust, and Joy and James Weaver — gathered to get a sneak peek at the contemporary building and the interactive exhibits inside.
Honorary chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund and event chairs Kelly and Brock Compton were thrilled to be a part of an exciting event for the new facility. Because of their efforts — and big-name participating sponsors like Lyda Hill, Neiman Marcus, Highland Captial Management, and Margot and Ross Perot — attendees could live like Hector in Milan Trenc's book, The Night at the Museum.
Even if the dinosaurs didn't come to life, the building certainly did.
The entire museum was open to guests — including architect Thom Mayne, Angela Choquette, Jill Beth Hayes, Jill and Jacque Naponic, and Bonny and Brad Uerschel — so they could stop on each floor and participate in the interactive exhibits. They learned what it's like to fly like a bird and dissect a fruit fly.
Buffets and bars were spread throughout the space, and those would have been enough to make the decadent night spectacular. But a surprise performance by the MASS Ensemble — with vocals, harp, violin, Aquatar, drums and drum cloud — took it to a new level.
For those who did not see the main performance on the first floor — because they were distracted by the bio lab or waiting in line for third Perot cocktail — they could watch the live performance on flat screens. Alongside the ensemble, members of the Bravo Drum Corps played spinning drumbrellas.
Pedicured feet deeply appreciated the flip-flop party favors, especially when DJ Lucy Wrubel lured enthusiasts from the lab to the dance floor for the after-party.