Performing Arts Houston's Record-breaking Kaleidoscope Ball: Mariposas de Guadalajara Honoring Jesse H. Jones II

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 4/8/2024, 2:01 p.m.
Performing Arts Houston's 2024 Kaleidoscope Ball, themed Mariposas de Guadalajara, soared to new heights as it celebrated the rich culture …


Performing Arts Houston's 2024 Kaleidoscope Ball, themed Mariposas de Guadalajara, soared to new heights as it celebrated the rich culture of Guadalajara and honored esteemed philanthropist Jesse H. Jones II. The event, chaired by Kristin and Lance Reynolds, dazzled attendees with vibrant décor, exquisite cuisine, and captivating performances, all while smashing previous fundraising records.


The Wortham Center in downtown Houston served as the enchanting backdrop for the 2024 Kaleidoscope Ball, where supporters of Performing Arts Houston gathered in elegant attire to revel in an evening of culture and generosity. Embodying the spirit of Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, every detail of the event paid homage to the colorful tapestry of Guadalajara.

From the moment guests arrived, they were immersed in the vibrant ambiance of Mariposas de Guadalajara. Bergner and Johnson's stunning décor transported attendees to the heart of Mexico, while City Kitchen delighted palates with Jalisco-inspired cuisine. Raffle prizes featuring luxury tequila and wines, along with vacation packages to Mexico, added an extra layer of excitement to the evening.

However, the true highlight of the night was the celebration of Jesse H. Jones II and his family's extraordinary legacy in Houston. Meg Booth, President and CEO of Performing Arts Houston, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support of patrons, emphasizing the organization's mission to connect Houston audiences with diverse artists and cultures.

The evening's program was a testament to the talent and creativity fostered by Performing Arts Houston. Cocktails were accompanied by performances from Kinder HSPVA Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco and the Segundo Barrio Children's Chorus, setting the stage for an unforgettable night. Emceed by the esteemed Linda Lorelle, the program seamlessly transitioned to dinner and musical entertainment by Jesus Lozano, followed by a record-breaking live auction led by auctioneer Johnny Bravo.

The culmination of the event featured a mesmerizing performance by Latin GRAMMY-winner Magos Herrera, followed by an exhilarating after-party with DJ Nick Serena. Throughout the night, Performing Arts Houston recognized the invaluable contributions of community partners, including the Houston Mariachi Festival.

One poignant moment came from noted Houston muralist David Maldonado, whose life was transformed by arts education programs. His testimony underscored the profound impact of initiatives like the Student Art Contest and H-E-B Performance Preludes, which empower students to explore their artistic talents and pursue their passions.


The success of the 2024 Kaleidoscope Ball not only broke fundraising records but also reaffirmed the vital role of the arts in enriching communities and transforming lives. As Performing Arts Houston continues to champion diversity and creativity, supporters can look forward to even more remarkable initiatives that inspire, educate, and unite audiences across Houston and beyond.

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