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Young Professionals groups come together to party, bringing a hot, do-good energy to ZaZa

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011, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Diana Ortega, Shawn Broussard, Katheryn Fetcher
Diana Ortega, Shawn Broussard, Katheryn Fetcher Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
022, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Erika Glenn, Toure Jones
Erika Glenn, Toure Jones Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
018, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Claudia Padilla, Leslie Araguz
Claudia Padilla, Leslie Araguz Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
017, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Brian Waxler, Rebecca Waxler, Chris Ballew
Brian Waxler, Rebecca Waxler, Chris Ballew Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
001, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Kim Padgett, David Nguyen, Trang Lam
Kim Padgett, David Nguyen, Trang Lam Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
019, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Samina Jain, Monica Grover, John Sneed, Lynn Nguyen
Samina Jain, Monica Grover, John Sneed, Lynn Nguyen Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
008, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Allison Martir, Michael Bloxton, Anjali Mukhi
Allison Martir, Michael Bloxton, Anjali Mukhi Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
007, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Jen Wagner, Mackenzie Foster, Helen Winchell
Jen Wagner, Mackenzie Foster, Helen Winchell Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
015, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Amanda Caylor, Laura Finkelstein, DJ Bizonne, Julia Rezzy, Brittany Hammond
Amanda Caylor, Laura Finkelstein, DJ Bizonne, Julia Rezzy, Brittany Hammond Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
014, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Felipe Elizondo, Liz Guillen
Felipe Elizondo, Liz Guillen Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
013, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Belle Kendrick, Keith Kendrick
Belle Kendrick, Keith Kendrick Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
012, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Melissa Croft, Kelsey Blaskoski, Amber Akers
Melissa Croft, Kelsey Blaskoski, Amber Akers Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
010, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Raquel Taylor, Suraag Patel, Tanya Jones
Raquel Taylor, Suraag Patel, Tanya Jones Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
009, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Lorna Welborn, Shabana Qureshi, Alison Stevens
Lorna Welborn, Shabana Qureshi, Alison Stevens Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
006, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Luis Armenteros, Troy Jeffrey, Van Duch
Luis Armenteros, Troy Jeffrey, Van Duch Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
005, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Deborah Cini, Joe Le
Deborah Cini, Joe Le Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
004, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Anthony Omalabi, Ashley Jones
Anthony Omalabi, Ashley Jones Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
003, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Helen Oettinger, Freddy Goerges, Emily Maus
Helen Oettinger, Freddy Goerges, Emily Maus Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
002, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Courtney Webb, Chelsea Cunningham, Wendy Thomas, Genny Gomez
Courtney Webb, Chelsea Cunningham, Wendy Thomas, Genny Gomez Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
011, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Diana Ortega, Shawn Broussard, Katheryn Fetcher
022, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Erika Glenn, Toure Jones
018, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Claudia Padilla, Leslie Araguz
017, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Brian Waxler, Rebecca Waxler, Chris Ballew
001, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Kim Padgett, David Nguyen, Trang Lam
019, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Samina Jain, Monica Grover, John Sneed, Lynn Nguyen
008, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Allison Martir, Michael Bloxton, Anjali Mukhi
007, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Jen Wagner, Mackenzie Foster, Helen Winchell
015, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Amanda Caylor, Laura Finkelstein, DJ Bizonne, Julia Rezzy, Brittany Hammond
014, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Felipe Elizondo, Liz Guillen
013, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Belle Kendrick, Keith Kendrick
012, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Melissa Croft, Kelsey Blaskoski, Amber Akers
010, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Raquel Taylor, Suraag Patel, Tanya Jones
009, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Lorna Welborn, Shabana Qureshi, Alison Stevens
006, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Luis Armenteros, Troy Jeffrey, Van Duch
005, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Deborah Cini, Joe Le
004, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Anthony Omalabi, Ashley Jones
003, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Helen Oettinger, Freddy Goerges, Emily Maus
002, Mixers on the Map, Hotel ZaZa, January 2013, Courtney Webb, Chelsea Cunningham, Wendy Thomas, Genny Gomez

From a Houstonian's point of view, hell may have frozen over as the southern definition of frightfully frosty temperatures swathed the city. But inside Hotel ZaZa, the ballroom morphed into hotspot thronged by 250 young professionals looking to meet up with friends, connect with colleagues and make new acquaintances.

CultureMap hosted one of its quarterly happy hours with Houston Young Professionals Society (which is rebranding as Houston Young Professionals), American Diabetes Association Young Professionals and Memorial Hermann's Heroes in Health. The sold-out gathering served to cross-pollinate a diverse guest list with similar interests among the three different philanthropic entities.

American Diabetes Association's manager of youth markets Amanda Caylor was on a mission to rouse the interest of this generation, particularly as the diabetes epidemic is affecting more people in their twenties and thirties. Katie McCoy, manager for the organization's Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, was chatty about upcoming events, including a golf tournament in April and volunteer opportunities in local schools.

 Freddy Goerges was energized about his upcoming 10-week campaign for the title of Man & Woman of the Year.

Courtney Webb of Heroes in Health, a fresh on-the-scene troop that advocates for all activities happening in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, enticed with a special offering on March 6, as part of the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, featuring Dr. Walter Lowe, the official physician of the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets.

And then there was Freddy Goerges, who was energized about his upcoming 10-week campaign for the title of Man & Woman of the Year from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. With the help of LLS' Helen Oettinger and Fashion Houston's Emily Maus, he's challenged to raise a minimum of $10,000. Of course, the more cash, the better his chances of attaining the honor.

Trendy tunes courtesy of DJ Bizonee complemented by flowing glasses of wine and the Moscow Mule specialty cocktail (a version of the mojito shaken with ginger beer) and light bites satisfied the talkative crowd.

Mixing on the map were Kim Padgett, David Nguyen and Trang Lam, Dr. Michael Yafi, Anthony Omalabi, Ashley Jones, Andrea Cohen Fineman, Jonathan Cohen, Will Fitzgerald, Gira Desai, Mix 96.5's Lauren Finkelstein, Julia Rezzy, Chelsea Cunningham, Wendy Thomas, Genny Gomez, Brittany Hammond, Lyudmyla McCollum, Deborah Cini, Joe Le and Alison Stevens.

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