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Johnny Manziel makes Houston's power players break into a standing ovation, but the runway cause is greater

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20 Jenna Jackson and Brendan Gilbert at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Jenna Jackson and Brendan Gilbert at the Dec My Room fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
59 Mike Plank, son, Johnny Manziel, Kendall Plank and Susan Plank at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Mike Plank, from left, Jared Plank, Johnny Manziel, Kendall Plank and Susan Plank at the Dec My Room fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
30 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Dec My Room fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
68 John Dascoulias and Clifford Pugh at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
John Dascoulias, left, and Clifford Pugh at the Dec My Room fashion fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
32 Dan Pastorini and Pam Morse at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Dan Pastorini and Pam Morse at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
27 Mario Ellie and Gina Gaston Elllie at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Mario Elie and Gina Gaston Elie at the Dec My Room event at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
26 Haag and Millette Sherman at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Haag and Millette Sherman at the Dec My Room fashion fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Latoya and Chester Pitts at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Latoya and Chester Pitts at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Hannah McNair, from left, Natalie Lefevre and Joanna Marks at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Hannah McNair, from left, Natalie Lefevre and Joanna Marks at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
46 Norelle Becker and Fady Armanious at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Norelle Becker and Fady Armanious at the Dec My Room fundraiser at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, : Nick Arguijo, Kerry Jackson, Jack Harris, Donald Waiters, January 2014
Nick Arguijo, Kerry Jackson, Jack Harris, Donald Waiters at the Dec My Room fashion event at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
70 Patti and Don Murphy at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Patti and Don Murphy at the Dec My Room event at Tootsies. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Erika Bagwell and Alex Klein at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Erika Bagwell and Alex Klein at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Jenny and Kyle Webber, from left, with Lauren Mills at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Jenny and Kyle Webber, left, with Lauren Mills at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Diane Caplan, from left, Carlos and Karina Barbieri and Debbie Festari at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Diane Caplan, from left, Carlos and Karina Barbieri and Debbie Festari at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Leslie Rivas-Kelly, from left, Yuan Yuan, Collin Kelly and Kaitlyn Denney at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Leslie Rivas-Kelly, from left, Yuan Yuan, Collin Kelly and Kaitlyn Denney at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Julie Chen, left, and Camille Connelly at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Julie Chen, left, and Camille Connelly at the Dec My Room Fashion Show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
20 Jenna Jackson and Brendan Gilbert at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
59 Mike Plank, son, Johnny Manziel, Kendall Plank and Susan Plank at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
30 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
68 John Dascoulias and Clifford Pugh at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
32 Dan Pastorini and Pam Morse at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
27 Mario Ellie and Gina Gaston Elllie at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
26 Haag and Millette Sherman at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
1 Latoya and Chester Pitts at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
16 Phillip Sarofim and Lori Krohn at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
2 Hannah McNair, from left, Natalie Lefevre and Joanna Marks at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
46 Norelle Becker and Fady Armanious at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, : Nick Arguijo, Kerry Jackson, Jack Harris, Donald Waiters, January 2014
70 Patti and Don Murphy at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
14 Erika Bagwell and Alex Klein at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
7 Jenny and Kyle Webber, from left, with Lauren Mills at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
5 Diane Caplan, from left, Carlos and Karina Barbieri and Debbie Festari at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
Leslie Rivas-Kelly, from left, Yuan Yuan, Collin Kelly and Kaitlyn Denney at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014
8 Julie Chen, left, and Camille Connelly at the Dec My Room Fashion Show February 2014

Even with high-profile types such as Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu and Millette and Haag Sherman on the catwalk at Tootsies, it was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel who earned a standing ovation during the Dec My Room fashion blast Tuesday night.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's grand finale appearance at the annual "Love's in Fashion" fundraiser sent the otherwise sophisticated crowd into high-five gyrations. Joanna and Brad Marks, Debbie and Rudy Festari and Dru and Scott Cone were among those on their feet in celebration of the soon-to-be NFL star — and possible No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick. Probably no one was more into the gridiron ecstasy than Bubba McNeely, who was the first to start dancing in the aisle, cheering and applauding.

As previously reported in this CultureMap story, Manziel swooped in from his quarterback training in San Diego to walk the fashion runway with 6-year-old cancer survivor Charlie Dina. Manziel and the Dina family have had a close relationship since Manziel first learned of the young Aggie fan's serious bout with neuroblastoma. Dec My Room dressed Charlie's hospital room with loads of A&M goodies to make his month-long hospital stay, following a bone marrow transplant, a bit more tolerable.

Welcoming several hundred guests to the ever-popular fundraising event were Dec My Room founders Susan Plank and daughter Kendall Plank. Dad Mike Plank and son Jared Plank provided support from the wings. Tootsies' Mickey Rosmarin joined the throng that helped raise more than $100,000, allowing Dec My Room to expand to the Galveston Burn Center.

Among the 18 or so loving couples featured on the runway were Julie and Dr. David Brown, Gina Gaston and Mario Elie, Tiffany and Rick Smith, Duyen and Marc Huynh, Megan Sutton-Reed and Chris Reed, John Dascoulias with Clifford Pugh and Pam Morse with Dan Pastorini.

Applauding the stylistas strutting the catwalk were Hannah and Cal McNair, Joanna and Brad Marks, Gary Petersen, Diane and Michael Caplan, Diane Lokey Farb, Beth Muecke, Rob Rutherford, Courtney and Bo Hopson and Lori Krohn with Phillip Sarofim.

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