Shelby's Social Diary

This homecoming-themed bash brought out the corsages, letter jackets, jocks and cheerleaders


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Houston Young People for the Arts took over Advantage BMW Midtown for a "homecoming" themed gala that saw hundreds of "high schoolers" prowling the luxury car showroom. Think tennis shoes, mega corsages, letter jackets and tiaras.

Honorees Paul Pettie, left, Sophia Arabani and Brian Thorp arrived in a 650i convertible, escorted by the 50-piece Westside High School marching band.

Dana Sweet, recalling her days as a cheerleader, and Maston Allen, channeling a "creepy coach," offer a retro vibe, even though his warm-up suit was a new purchase.

Dana, once a high school cheerleader in San Jose, Calif., says she was actually a jock when she went out for cheerleader on a dare and she won! This is her original outfit. 

By day, she is a commercialization manager for Halliburton and Maston is a lawyer and land man with Forest Oil.

Michelle Profit, left, recalled her reign as homecoming queen at a Port Allen, La., high school as "horrible." She claims that no one liked her and she was elected as a joke. Aimee Woodall, on the other hand, said she enjoyed her moment in the spotlight as a member of the homecoming court at McCullough High School in The Woodlands.

Every high school has its goth factor, and adding that note to the party scene were Dr. Jill Ann Jarrell, from left, Dr. Sari Miettinen and Dr. Katherine King.

Effectively channeling ultra-nerd Steve Urkel was Naveen Selvam. "I really was a nerd in high school and also the foreign kid," he said of his youth in Michigan. Born in India, Naveen earns his bread and butter as an engineer with ABS.

Marcus Carter made his mark in high school as head of the dance team, while Hannah Thibodeaux played the flute in her high school band.

Katy Pease and Tom Richardson had the right idea in their band uniforms.

The homecoming theme was a take-off on Theater Under the Stars' upcoming production of Bring It On. HYPA works to develop young and new audiences for the city's arts scene, encouraging young people to participate and support arts organizations.

Matthew Smith, left, and Christian Warner were part of the talented Theatre Under the Stars dance troupe that entertained.

Lindsey Conlon, left, and Jamie Fruge

John Andell, here with wife Stacy Andell, was one of four chairs of the HYPA fundraiser. 

Cindy Rodriguez, left, James Sivco and Kelser McMiller also served as chairs of the annual benefit.

Kevin Gilbert and Melissa Seuffert

Sam Byrd, from left, David Campos, Brooke Green, Victoria Guthrie and Greg Morris deliver antics for the photo booth.

Nyala Wright, left, and Stacy Robinson-Newton

Kathryn Lott, left, and Mandy Graessle

Victoria Guthrie, left, and Brooke Green