Young professionals pack the dance floor at The Revaire.
Chairs Kyle & Amy McCully, Morgan Stautzenberger, Cameron Stubbs
Meow! Alan Carnrite gets his bubbly from an aerial tiger.
Erin & A.J. Hinch
Maria & Neil Bush
Allison & Preston Schulze
Alyssa Benzkofer, Victoria Villarreal, Heather Duval, Caleb Makonnen
Anthony Vargas and Astros Shooting Stars
Brian Graff, Katherine Morille, Lauren Amos, Garrett Werner
Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger
Ron & Julie Baker Finck
Chris Wadley & Katherine Whaley, Janine & Jonathan Goldsmith
Erik Borrego, Alex Zuniga
Stephanie & Frank Tsuru
Frank & Dory Dale, Kate Cancelmo, Tyler Cooper
Jeff Carnrite, Joselyn Tego, Casey McNorton, Nick Carnrite
Kyle Golden, Mark Kilpatrick, Tyler Polik
Lane & Chita Craft
Lindsey Bowman, Robyn & Garry Jedkins
Mark & Lisa Jakel, Kristen Oesch
Pace Andrews, Neil Bush, Ron Finck, Whitney Mercilus
Phyllis Trogden, Kayla & Rory Tolunay
Robby Derrick, Lizzie Andrews, Pace Andrews, Michael Fertitta
Sarahbeth & Pierce Bush
Mercedes Benz kids car with very special 'passengers'
Jungle Book characters party on stilts
The Matchmaker Band
Tequila ice sculpture
What: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Young Professionals Group fourth annual Jungle Book Gala
Where: The Revaire
PC Moment: The late Barbara Bush would have loved this gala evening in which young professionals banded together in party mode in support of her foundation’s literacy programs. For starters, the turnout of 400 was a new high. And with the fun quotient off the charts, supporters could expect this golden opportunity for schmoozing with up and comers can expect even greater results with the fifth annual.
Setting the “jungle book” stage, exotic animals on stilts sauntered through the Revaire ballroom and a tiger-costumed aerialist swirled overhead and poured champagne into guests, glasses, and of course posed for photos. A Fare Extraordinaire catering provided the light bites that included miniature jalapeño cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon-wrapped poblano duck, pumpkin seed and pistachio chicken satays, and a variety of sliders.
KHOU Channel 11 meteorologist Chita Craft handed emcee duties and introduced foundation co-chairs Maria and Neil Bush and gala chairs Amy and Kyle McCully, Morgan Stautzenberg and Cameron Stubbs. Headlining as honorary chairs were Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his wife, Erin.
As Austin’s Matchmaker Band cranked up the tunes, the energy vibes soared so that later in the night the dance floor was packed with guys and gals wearing glow bracelets and crowns and shaking their booties. By the time the lights were blinked indicated the party was over, close to $300,000 had been raised for childhood literacy initiatives.
Gone wild: Julie Baker Finck and Ron Finck, Pierce and Sarahbeth Bush, Robbie Andrews and Robbie Derrick, Whitney Mercilus, Alan Carnrite, Lane Craft, Sarah and Jeff Watts, Stephanie and Frank Tsuru, Catherine Tramuto, Gwen and Wade Parks, Emily Smith, Mark Latham, Nikki Ellis, Michale Fertitta, Allison and Preston Schultz, Anthony Tarantino, Marshall Bush, and Verr and Derek Soltes.