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West U gala goes Old Havana glam for green spaces

West U gala goes Old Havana glam for green spaces

Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Ryan Fleck, Stephanie Fleck, Lilian Irani, Cyrus Irani
Ryan Fleck, Stephanie Fleck, Lilian Irani, Cyrus Irani. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Antonio Pinho, Luciana Pinho
Antonio Pinho, Luciana Pinho. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Jennifer Blum, Daniel Blum
Jennifer Blum, Daniel Blum. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Charles Williams, Ron Stewart, Chris Harris
Charles Williams, Ron Stewart, Chris Harris. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Jennifer Swallen, William Swallen
Jennifer Swallen, William Swallen. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Caroline and Justin Simons
Caroline Simons, Justin Simons. Courtesy of Simplebooth
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Alexa Burrow, Jessica Graham, Alex Inman
Alexa Burrow, Jessica Graham, Alex Inman.  Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Vikas Shah, Prina Shah, Mitra Woody, Josh Woody
Vikas Shah, Prina Shah, Mitra Woody, Josh Woody. Courtesy of Simplebooth
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Scarlett Hankey, Emily Yardley
Scarlett Hankey, Emily Yardley. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Shawn Cloonan, Wendy Cloonan, Elizabeth Love, Jason Love
Shawn Cloonan, Wendy Cloonan, Elizabeth Love, Jason Love. Courtesy photo
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Ryan Fleck, Stephanie Fleck, Lilian Irani, Cyrus Irani
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Antonio Pinho, Luciana Pinho
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Jennifer Blum, Daniel Blum
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Charles Williams, Ron Stewart, Chris Harris
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Jennifer Swallen, William Swallen
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Caroline and Justin Simons
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Alexa Burrow, Jessica Graham, Alex Inman
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Vikas Shah, Prina Shah, Mitra Woody, Josh Woody
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Scarlett Hankey, Emily Yardley
Houston, West University Park Lovers’ Ball, February 2018, Shawn Cloonan, Wendy Cloonan, Elizabeth Love, Jason Love

A red and white 1957 Nash Metropolitan Coupe, and a candy apple red 1957 Ford Thunderbird — plus a Cuban music trio and cigar bar — set the vibe at the 27th annual Park Lovers’ Ball, themed “Night in Old Havana.”

More than 600 black-tie clad guests partied the night away at the Hilton Americas-Houston, all in the name of raising more than $400,000 for Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc., a nonprofit that works to renovate, expand, develop, and improve that community’s green spaces.

Part of the total proceeds came from a live auction, led by Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, which featured a Miniature Goldendoodle that went for a whopping $21,000. Other items ranged from an Africa photo safari to a week stay at Casa de Campo in The Dominican Republic.

Chairs Jennifer and Daniel Blum and Jennifer and William Swallen helmed the event, which also featured portraits by world-renowned artist, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, commissioned during the gala.

Late-night bites from Tila’s Taco Truck fueled partygoers, as lively tunes by Password kept the dance floor packed until midnight.

In the crowd were auction chairs Kelly Beth Hapgood and Natalie Crossley, Jennifer and Gordon Richardson, Caroline and Justin Simons, Mitra and Josh Woody, Natalie and Austin Crossley, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Kristen and Josh Smith, Kami Sisson, Mike Cavender, Marc LaMond, Maurielle Laurenne, and Mandy and Rafael Diaz.