World of Wonders

Out-of-this-world gala celebrates 60th anniversary of Austin museum

Out-of-this-world gala celebrates 60th anniversary of Austin museum

Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Lyndsey Jordan Shaun Jordan
Lyndsey and Shaun Jordan. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Kifani Beahm Matt Beahm
Kifani and Matt Beahm. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Carolina Alcocer Sergio Alcocer
Carolina and Sergio Alcocer. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner, gala co-chair and Mad Men writer, director and producer, spoke about the show's archive being at the Ransom Center. Photo by Birzer Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Sally Quinn
Sally Quinn, gala co-chair and author and journalist, spoke about her husband Ben Bradlee's archive at the Ransom Center. Photo by Birzer Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Steve Enniss Carmel Fenves Greg Fenves
Steve Enniss with Carmel and Greg Fenves.  Photo by Birzer Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017
Dusty Black, Taylor Russell, Jason Masterson, Dawn Black, Scoot McNairy, Regan Smith, Michael Black, Matt Beahm (on side), and Ford Black (crouching). Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Eric Colleary Kate O'Toole Adrian Garrell
Eric Colleary, Kate O'Toole, and Adrian Garrell. Photo by Brian Diggs
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Kate O'Toole
Kate O'Toole spoke about her father Peter O'Toole's archive at the Ransom Center. Photo by Birzer Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Carmel Borders Tom Borders
Carmel and Tom Borders. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Luke Borders Justin Halloran Samantha Halloran Amanda Rivera Taylor Bose Shawn Bose
Luke Borders, Justin and Samantha Halloran, Amanda Rivera, and Taylor and Shawn Bose. Photo by Pete Smith
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Dusty Black Gabe Black Dawn Black
Dusty, Gabe, and Dawn Black. Photo by Brian Diggs
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Julie Hight Liz Losada Margaret Hight Phil Hight
Julie Hight, Liz Losada, Margaret Hight, and Phil Hight. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Jennifer Kuczaj Margie Rine Kelly Cooper McClure
Jennifer Kuczaj, Margie Rine, and Kelly Cooper McClure. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Michael Kentor Mandy Dealey
Michael Kentor and Mandy Dealey. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Michael Klein Jeanne Klein
Michael and Jeanne Klein. Photo by Ben Porter Photography
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Lyndsey Jordan Shaun Jordan
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Kifani Beahm Matt Beahm
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Carolina Alcocer Sergio Alcocer
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Matthew Weiner
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Sally Quinn
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Steve Enniss Carmel Fenves Greg Fenves
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Eric Colleary Kate O'Toole Adrian Garrell
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Kate O'Toole
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Carmel Borders Tom Borders
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Luke Borders Justin Halloran Samantha Halloran Amanda Rivera Taylor Bose Shawn Bose
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Dusty Black Gabe Black Dawn Black
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Julie Hight Liz Losada Margaret Hight Phil Hight
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Jennifer Kuczaj Margie Rine Kelly Cooper McClure
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Michael Kentor Mandy Dealey
Ransom Center World of Wonders Gala 2017 Michael Klein Jeanne Klein

What: World of Wonders Gala

Where: Harry Ransom Center

The details: On Saturday, April 22, the Harry Ransom Center celebrated its 60th anniversary with the World of Wonders Gala on the University of Texas campus. The affair started with a cocktail reception and after-hours look at the Ransom Center's collection. Guests then moved to the main mall for a seated dinner, where the UT Tower served as a stunning backdrop.

Gala co-chairs, author/journalist Sally Quinn and writer, director, producer Matthew Weiner of Mad Men fame, addressed the crowd, as did Kate O'Toole, daughter of the legendary Peter O'Toole. The Ransom Center raised over $400,000 through auction items and ticket proceeds to fund further acquisitions.

Who: Matthew Weiner, Sally Quinn, Steve Enniss, Greg and Carmel Fenves, Kate O'Toole, Elizabeth Avellán, Billy Collins, Philipp Meyer, Michael Ondaatje, Robert Schenkkan, Maggie Taylor, Colm Tóibín, Laura Wilson, Michael and Jeanne Klein, Michael Kentor, Mandy Dealey, Jennifer Kuczaj, Margie Rine, Kelly Cooper McClure, Liz Losada, Margaret Hight, Phil Hight, Julie Hight, Kifani and Matt Beahm, Luke Borders, Justin and Samantha Halloran, Amanda Rivera, Taylor and Shawn Bose, Lyndsey and Shaun Jordan, Eric Colleary, Adrian Garrell, Carmel and Tom Borders, Carolina and Sergio Alcocer, Dusty Black, Gabe Black, Dawn Black, Taylor Russell, Jason Masterson, Scoot McNairy, Regan Smith, Michael Black, and Ford Black.