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Shaken and stirred: Retro martini bash triggers sexy Mad Men dress, feather boas and Latin passion

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9 Lindsey George and Will Walsh at Martini Madness February 2014
Lindsey George and Will Walsh at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
8 Betsy and Chuck Powell, from left, with Julie Farr at Martini Madness February 2014
Chairs Betsy and Chuck Powell, left, with center executive director Julie Farr at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
15 Clint Willour and Kelly Reynolds at Martini Madness February 2014
Clint Willour and Kelly Reynolds at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 Artisan martini glasses at Martini Madness February 2014
Artists created a variety of martini glasses for guests to choose from for their night of imbibing. Photo by © Kim Coffman
16 Michael Pearson, from left, Paula Arnold and Lisa Pearson at Martini Madness February 2014
Michael Pearson, from left, Paula Arnold and Lisa Pearson at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 John and Bobbie Nau, from left, and Tiffany and Charles Masterson at Martini Madness February 2014
John and Bobbie Nau, from left, and Tiffany and Charles Masterson at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Wade Wilson and Elise Hollingsworth at Martini Madness February 2014
Big Board auctioneer Wade Wilson and Elise Hollingsworth at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
14 Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding at Martini Madness February 2014
Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
17 Chuck Powell, from left, with Denise and Steve Summell at Martini Madness February 2014
Chuck Powell, from left, with Denise and Steve Summell at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
13 Michelle Mantor, from left, Dan Foty and Bianca Bucaram at Martini Madness February 2014
Michelle Mantor, from left, Dan Foty and Bianca Bucaram at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 Nyla and Dan Woods at Martini Madness February 2014
Nyla and Dan Woods at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
4 Ashley Powell, from left, Jenny Lynn Weitz and Kathryn Hall at Martini Madness February 2014
Ashley Powell, from left, Jenny Lynn Weitz and Kathryn Hall at Martini Madness. Photo by © Kim Coffman
9 Lindsey George and Will Walsh at Martini Madness February 2014
8 Betsy and Chuck Powell, from left, with Julie Farr at Martini Madness February 2014
15 Clint Willour and Kelly Reynolds at Martini Madness February 2014
1 Artisan martini glasses at Martini Madness February 2014
16 Michael Pearson, from left, Paula Arnold and Lisa Pearson at Martini Madness February 2014
7 John and Bobbie Nau, from left, and Tiffany and Charles Masterson at Martini Madness February 2014
10 Wade Wilson and Elise Hollingsworth at Martini Madness February 2014
14 Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding at Martini Madness February 2014
17 Chuck Powell, from left, with Denise and Steve Summell at Martini Madness February 2014
13 Michelle Mantor, from left, Dan Foty and Bianca Bucaram at Martini Madness February 2014
6 Nyla and Dan Woods at Martini Madness February 2014
4 Ashley Powell, from left, Jenny Lynn Weitz and Kathryn Hall at Martini Madness February 2014

The bartenders were a busy bunch at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft the other night when the annual "Martini Madness" fundraiser drew a swinging and swaying crowd of close to 250. The vodka-laced drinkies fueled a wave of Latin dancing that saluted the Night in Havana theme.

 Trio Fórte provided the musical vibes of Havana in the '50s, entertainment that kept the dance floor bumping throughout the night. Of course, the Deep Eddy Vodka concoctions including lemon drops, ruby red cosmos and "Tropicanas" kept the thirst at bay. And no ordinary martini glasses would do for this sixth annual cocktail fundraiser. Craft artists, both local and national, created an assortment of glasses that had guests stumped, at least momentarily, as they tried to select their favorite from the vast and colorful offerings. Martini glass in hand, they were off and running.

There was bidding to do at the Big Board with gallerist Wade Wilson, shopping in the popular Asher Gallery and loads of fashion-watching as this crowd typically dresses in Mad Men regalia. Although this year, a few opted for tropical fashions, which meant a mixed fashion bag of fedoras, feather boas and pink flamingos. Plus lots of fur and feathers on this chilly night and silk flowers in the hair.

In keeping with the theme, Latin American sustenance was provided by Cordúa Catering, which filled tummies with offerings that included empanadas, lobster corn dogs, paella and plenty of Cordúa's plantain chips while Cacao & Cardamom showed off its dessert talents with sculpted artisan chocolates in tropical flavors such as guava tamarind and mango caramel.

Socializing beneath the live palm trees that contributed to the Havana vibe were chairs Betsy and Chuck Powell, honorary chairs Marie Louise and David Kinder, Bobbie and John Nau, Tiffany and Charles Masterson, Clint Willour, Lindsey George, Will Walsh, Lisa and Michael Pearson, Paula Arnold and HCCC executive director Julie Farr.

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