A Ballet Patron’s Legacy Gift Unveiled Margaret Alkek Williams Center for Dance Building
Thanks to the generous gift from Houston philanthropist Margaret Alkek Williams, Houston Ballet now has a new home, which features nine dance studios, a Dance Lab that seats 175 for presentations as well as rehearsals, and artistic, administrative and support facilities for Houston Ballet and its academy.
Designed with sustainable features by globally-recognized architecture firm Gensler, and located in the heart of downtown Houston’s Theater District, this new, six-story, 115,000-square-foot facility, bears the name of this remarkable woman for posterity.
In early May, more than 200 guests were on-hand to hear the surprise announcement of Margaret’s $10 million legacy gift and see the reveal, which celebrated Margaret’s lifetime support of Houston Ballet.
The unveiling drew an excited crowd of over eighty guests, who were welcomed by Ballet Board President Kristy Bradshaw and Executive Director Jim Nelson. They introduced Margaret, who spoke graciously about her love for the organization and its efforts and said, “To be able to do this for the Houston Ballet means so much to me. I am honored that you are all here to celebrate with me, and I thank you for joining me in supporting the Ballet.” A renowned sentiment by a renowned Houstonian!
Socially present (not previously mentioned): Hallie Vanderhider, Stephanie Tsuru, Executive Director Jim Nelson, Executive Director Jim Nelson, Alex Blair and Mark Grace, Jim Daniel, Bill Stubbs and Kurt Grether, Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, David Wuthrich, Shawn Stephens and Jim Jordan, Leigh Smith, Ileana Treviño, Kelley Lubanko, Julia Andrieni, Ann Bean, Susan Binney, Kristy Bradshaw, Jim Cowan, Martha Finger, Jo Furr, Mitch George, Mignon Gill, Ann Graham, Jay Jones, The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation Principal Dancer Yuriko Kajiya, Chad Libertus, Mark Loveland, Jean May, Desrye Morgan, Duyen Nguyen, Tammy Nguyen, Cabrina Owsley, Samira Salman, Sunday Shepherd, Dannika Simpson, Erika Toussaint, Patti Murphy, Christine Underwood and Marc Watts