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Corporate Giving



When your company partners with HGO, we work with you to create a customized corporate benefits package:

    • Stellar client and executive entertainment opportunities
    • Access to HGO’s diverse network of Houston’s prominent business and community leaders
    • Marketing and recognition benefits
    • Volunteer opportunities 

Join our exclusive Corporate Council

Corporate supporters at the $25,000 level and above are invited to join HGO’s Corporate Council, a fantastic network of Houston’s top business leaders. 

The Corporate Council is comprised of over 50 HGO Trustees and Board members who represent corporations that support HGO. Members are asked to represent their companies at HGO events and to help make key introductions to colleagues, business contacts, and other companies that might be interested in joining HGO as corporate supporters.


2020-21 Corporate Council

Michaela Greenan, Council Chair

Thomas R. Ajamie, Ajamie LLP

Christos Angelides, Shell

Christopher V. Bacon, Vinson & Elkins LLP

C. Mark Baker, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Astley Blair, Marine Well Containment Company (Retired)

Meg Boulware, Boulware & Valoir

Tony Bradfield, Tenenbaum Jewelers

Janet Langford Carrig, ConocoPhillips (Retired)

Thierry Caruso, EY

Anna Catalano, Kraton Corporation

Albert Chao, Westlake Chemical Corporation

Beth A. Colle, EY

Adam Cook, Tokio Marine HCC

Joshua Davidson, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Daniel D. Domeracki, Schlumberger Limited (Retired)

Frederic Dyen, Schlumberger Limited

Warren Ellsworth, MD, Houston Methodist

Brannon Fitch, BB&T

Michael Hilliard, Winstead PC

Rick Jaramillo, Bank of America

William Kopp, Scott & Stringfellow LLC

Michele M. LaNoue, Headworks Inc.

Richard Leibman, FROSCH

David LePori, Frost Bank

Claire Liu, LyondellBassell (Retired)

J. Douglas McMurrey Jr., Kinder Morgan (Retired)

Mark Metts, Sidley Austin LLP

Charlene Nickson, ACC Realty LLC

Ward Pennebaker, Pennebaker

Gloria M. Portela, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Allyn Risley, GTT North America

Susan Rivera, Tokio Marine HCC

Kelly Rose, ConocoPhillips

Glen Rosenbaum, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Manolo Sánchez, Spring Labs

Denmon Sigler, Baker McKenzie

Apurva Thekdi, MD, Houston Methodist

Ignacio Torras, Tricon Energy

Tom Van Arsdel, Winstead PC

De la Rey Venter, Shell

Alfredo Vilas, Novum Energy

David Young, Union Pacific

Houston Grand Opera’s Institutional Supporters


Guarantors – $100,000 or more

ConocoPhillips †

H-E-B †

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo TM

Houston Methodist † *

Novum Energy

Schlumberger †

Shell Oil Company †

United Airlines † *

Vinson & Elkins LLP † *


Grand Underwriters – $50,000 or more

Ajamie LLP

Baker Botts L.L.P. †

Bank of America

BBVA † *

Booker • Lowe Gallery *

Chevron †


Frost Bank

Occidental Petroleum Corporation


Underwriters – $25,000 or more

Baker McKenzie


Boulware & Valoir


Houston First Corporation

Norton Rose Fulbright †

PwC †

Sidley Austin LLP

Tokio Marine HCC

Wells Fargo †

Westlake Chemical Corporation †

Winstead PC


Sponsors – $10,000 or more

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP

Locke Lord LLP †


Members – $1,000 or more

CenterPoint Energy


Patterson & Sheridan LLP

Texas Mutual Insurance Company



Premier Guarantors – $1,000,000 or more

Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.†

The Brown Foundation, Inc. †

The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts†

The Wortham Foundation, Inc. †


Principal Guarantors – $500,000 or more

Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation †

Anne and Albert Chao, Ting Tsung and

Wei Fong Chao Foundation †

City of Houston †

The Cullen Foundation †

Houston Endowment Inc. †

The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation †


Grand Guarantors – $250,000 or more

The Elkins Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation †

Texas Commission on the Arts †


Guarantors – $100,000 or more

The Alkek and Williams Foundation †

Anchorage Foundation of Texas

M.D. Anderson Foundation †

City of Houston through Miller Theatre Advisory Board †

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

The Humphreys Foundation †

Kinder Foundation

John P. McGovern Foundation †

OPERA America

The Sarofim Foundation †


Grand Underwriters – $50,000 or more

Carol Franc Buck Foundation

The Fondren Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts †

The Powell Foundation †


Underwriters – $25,000 or more

Ruth and Ted Bauer Family Foundation †

Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum Foundation

Stedman West Foundation †


Sponsors – $10,000 or more

Cockrell Family Fund

The Edaren Foundation

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation †

Houston Grand Opera Guild †

William E. and Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Trust †

Vivian L. Smith Foundation

The Vaughn Foundation


Members – $1,000 or more

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation †

Houston Saengerbund

Kinder Morgan Foundation


* Contribution includes in-kind support;

† Ten or more years of consecutive support

Corporate Partnerships

For more information on corporate partnerships at HGO,
please contact Kelly Finn, Director of Development, Institutional Giving.

T: (713) 546-0265



We are more than happy to accept gifts over the phone. If you wish to make a stock gift, or if your employer participates in a match program and you would like to make HGO a recipient, please contact Ashley Bales.

T: (713) 980-8672

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