One of the most coveted party invitations, not just in Houston but also internationally, is from Becca Cason Thrash. You know you’ve arrived when the socialite and fund-raiser for the arts—she’s a board member for the Houston Grand Opera, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and American Friends of the Louvre—asks you to swing by to hobnob with celebrities and check out her gallery-worthy art collection. When she’s not busy entertaining, Thrash finds quiet time at her desk in the library of the 20,000-square-foot manse she shares with her husband, eCorp chairman and CEO John Thrash. Surrounded by paintings, this peaceful spot is where she writes countless letters and thank-you notes to artists, royalty, politicians, and philanthropists.
Learn more about Becca Cason Thrash’s favorite philanthropic causes: American Friends of the Louvre ( aflouvre.org), Houston Grand Opera ( houstongrandopera.org), and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston ( camh.org).
• I only do white orchids. They are very East-meets-West. I have at least 75 throughout the house.
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• I always have a cache of invitations: a fundraiser for Madonna’s pet charity, dinner in Dubai, a party for Elton John’s AIDS foundation.
• We had a party for Barack Obama last year. We raised $1.6 million, the largest sum ever raised in one night in Texas for a political figure.
• I have a fetish for Nancy Gonzalez box handbags. They are sort of my signature.
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• I was reluctant to get a BlackBerry, but now I love it. I learned how to use it when I was staying at the Lake Como home of the late Gianni Versace.
• My personalized Cartier stationery. I write a lot of thank-you notes.
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• I have a collection of Cartier watches, along with some faux jewelry that I store in Cartier boxes. The real stuff is in a vault at the bank.
• When I was young, my grandmother in Harlingen wore Arpège by Lanvin. I’ve been wearing it since I was seventeen.
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• My father played for the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. This is my mom and me sending him off to a game.