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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.


2022-23 Corporate Council

Thomas R. Ajamie, Ajamie LLP

J. Scott Arnoldy, Triten Corporation

Christos Angelides, Shell

Christopher V. Bacon, Vinson & Elkins LLP

C. Mark Baker, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Astley Blair, Marine Well Containment Company

Meg Boulware, Boulware & Valoir

Albert Chao, Westlake Corporation

Adam Cook, Tokio Marine HCC

Joshua Davidson, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Susan Eisenberg, Kirkland & Ellis

Warren Ellsworth, MD, Houston Methodist

Michaela Greenan, Infosys

Richard Husseini, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Michelle Huth, Frost Bank

Beth Jarlock, EY

Bill Kroger, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Richard Leibman, FROSCH

David LePori, Frost Bank

Bryce Lindner, Bank of America

Claire Liu, LyondellBassell (Retired)

Craig Miller, Frost Bank

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

Silvia Salle, Bank of America

Manolo Sánchez, Spring Labs

Susan Saurage-Altenloh, Saurage Marketing Research

Peter Seltz, Principal Financial 

Apurva Thekdi, MD, Houston Methodist

Ignacio Torras, Tricon Energy

Alfredo Vilas, Novum Energy

Houston Grand Opera’s Institutional Supporters


Guarantors – $100,000 or more

ConocoPhillips †

H-E-B †

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo TM

Houston Methodist † *

Frost Bank

Novum Energy

Vinson & Elkins LLP † *


Grand Underwriters – $50,000 or more

Ajamie LLP

Bank of America

Nana Booker and David Lowe/ Booker · Lowe Gallery *

Kirkland & Ellis

Shell USA, Inc. †



Underwriters – $25,000 or more


Baker Botts L.L.P. †

Boulware & Valoir

Norton Rose Fulbright †

Principal Financial Securities

Saurage Marketing Research

Tokio Marine HCC

Westlake Corporation †


Sponsors – $10,000 or more

CenterPoint Energy

Locke Lord LLP †


Members – $1,000 or more


Patterson & Sheridan LLP

Maovor, Inc.

Union Pacific



Premier Guarantors – $1,000,000 or more

The Brown Foundation, Inc. †

Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc.†

The Wortham Foundation, Inc. †



Principal Guarantors – $500,000 or more

City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance †

The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts†



Grand Guarantors – $250,000 or more

The Alkek and Williams Foundation †

Carol Franc Buck Foundation †

The Cullen Foundation †

Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation †

The Humphreys Foundation †

Mellon Foundation †

Texas Commission on the Arts †



Guarantors – $100,000 or more

M.D. Anderson Foundation †

National Endowment for the Arts †

The Robert & Jane Cizik Foundation

The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation †

The Sarofim Foundation

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation


Grand Underwriters – $50,000 or more

City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board †

John P. McGovern Foundation †

The Powell Foundation †


Underwriters – $25,000 or more

Ruth and Ted Bauer Family Foundation †

Stedman West Foundation †

Vivian L. Smith Foundation


Sponsors – $10,000 or more

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation †

Cockrell Family Fund

OPERA America

Sterling-Turner Foundation

University of Houston Bauer College of Business

William E. and Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Trust †


Members – $1,000 or more

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation †

Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Saengerbund

Houston Grand Opera Guild †

The Nathan J. Klein Fund


* Contribution includes in-kind support;

† Ten or more years of consecutive support

Corporate Partnerships

For more information on corporate partnerships at HGO,
please contact Sherry Rodriguez, Philanthropy Officer, Institutional Giving

T: (713) 546-0222



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 Ariel Ehrman.

T: (713) 980-8672

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