FRIENDLY FIRE: Everyone knows Americans are friends of Versailles. Soon they will be asked to show the money for another great French institution: the Louvre. Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash will host the inaugural event for the American Friends of the Louvre in November at her 20,000-square-foot Houston mansion, featuring a fashion show by nouveau couturier Ralph Rucci. Thrash said the goal is to raise “tens of millions of dollars” over the next few years for acquisitions, restorations and expansion. But, she said, the broader goal is to “rebuild relations between the U.S. and France.”

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