Thank you

2020 Raising the Barre, presented by BB&T now Truist Bank, was set to be the most successful in its history. Chaired by Mignon & Steve Gill and Samira Salman, over 200 guests were excited to enjoy a special dinner on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Georgia James honoring BB&T now Truist Bank/Bill and Courtney Toomey.

The evening was cancelled as Houston Ballet made the necessary pivot to the virtual stage while navigating a severe financial loss. 

As a thank you for donating back commitments toward Houston Ballet’s crisis relief efforts, Raising the Barre reservation holders received a special take-home meal on Sunday, September 20, curbside pick-up style at Georgia James.

Raising the Barre raised nearly $90,000 for Houston Ballet.

Thank you to all the generous supporters and special thanks to Co-Chairs Mignon & Steve Gill and Samira Salman for their leadership!

Thank you to Raising the Barre chefs - Chef/Owner Chris Shepherd, Underbelly Hospitality; Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar; Executive Chef/Owner Hugo Ortega, H Town Restaurant Group; Executive Chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi, Kata Robata - for your creativity and partnerships.

To view photos from the pick-up event on Sunday, September 20, please view our photo gallery.



Keep Our Company Dancing!

To donate to Raising the Barre in support of the Crisis Relief Fund, please visit our DONATE NOW page. Your generosity ensures this is NOT Houston Ballet’s final act!



For questions, please contact Devon Antonetti, Assistant Director of Special Events, at

Event update as of September 23, 2020.

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