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Hundreds Support the Arts at Pavilion Partners 20th Anniversary Wine Dinner & Auction

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, held the 20th Annual Wine Dinner and Auction March 24 on The Pavilion’s Main Stage. This year’s exclusive dinner had record-breaking attendance and raised more than $250,000 to fund scholarships for local students pursuing the fine arts in higher education.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, this year’s event honored Wine Dinner Founders Vince Caracio, in memoriam, and Sylvia Caracio. With Vince having the original vision for the Wine Dinner, he and Sylvia were part of the original volunteer group that brought his vision to fruition, and that vision remains 20 years later.

L-R: Amy Odom, Wine Dinner & Auction committee co-chair; Sylvia Caracio, honoree; Randy Lowry, Wine Dinner & Auction committee member; Lisa Koetting, Wine Dinner & Auction committee co-chair.

In addition to fine food and wine provided by Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate, the evening included live and bid board auctions featuring an African adventure, custom-made jewelry, wine collections, custom-made cowboy boots and more. The evening also featured a special performance by Caroline Booth, a past Pavilion Partners scholarship recipient currently working on degree of arts in music for vocal performance at Southern Methodist University.




“This was the best attended Wine Dinner we have ever had and we are grateful to all those who attended and contributed,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. “The impact of this event will have a profound and lasting value in The Pavilion’s efforts to serve the community through its fine arts scholarship funding.”

The annual Wine Dinner continues a tradition of raising funds for scholarships awarded to local high school students planning to study in the arts in college. In 2017, 250 guests attended the dinner and raised approximately $180,000. Since its inception, Partners has awarded more than $1.2 million in fine arts scholarships.

In 2017, 250 guests attended the dinner and raised approximately $180,000.

Scholarships are awarded to students in the following categories: vocal music, instrumental music, theater arts, dance, visual arts and computer graphic arts. The awards, based on talent and academic performance, are presented each spring. The remaining net proceeds from the event benefit The Pavilion’s educational outreach programs including Fine Arts Education Day, Musical Scores and Children’s Festival.

Sponsors and underwriters of the event included Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar; Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate; Sewell Audi North Houston; Cindy and John Hageman, Lisa and Fred Koetting, Michelle and Dennis Leary, Chris and Bo McBee and Sue and Kent Pagel; Sylvia Caracio; Sarah and Mario Coll; Jacque and Lloyd Everson; Candi and Gerald Glenn; Mary and Doug Hazlett, Karen and Gary Lach, and Friends; Insperity; Lisa and Fred Koetting; Kristi and George Lindahl; Maryann and Bryce Mannen; Cindy Notarianni; Amy and Keith Odom; and Rosemary Rodd.




Launched in 1998, The Pavilion Partners is an important part of The Pavilion. Partners supports The Pavilion through fund-raising for the performing arts and educational outreach programs, as well as awarding fine arts scholarships each spring. In addition to their fund-raising efforts, The Pavilion Partners provides event volunteers for performances and programs at The Pavilion throughout the year.