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News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Brian Cushing, Jennifer Gatto, Megan Cushing
Brian Cushing, from left, Jennifer Gatto and Megan Cushing. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, John Young, William Vanderbloemen
Park Lovers' Ball chairs John Young, left, and William Vanderbloemen. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Adrienne Vanderbloemen, Christi Young and Michele Still
Ball chairs Adrienne Vanderbloemen, from left, Christi Young and Michele Still. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Helen and Phillip Wright
Helen and Phillip Wright. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, John and Ting Bresnahan
John and Ting Bresnahan. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Gina and Charles Fertitta
Gina and Charles Fertitta.  Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Crystal and Randy Wright
Crystal and Randy Wright. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Tara and David Wuthrich, Heather O'Connor
Tara and David Wuthrich, left, with Heather O'Connor. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, JC Al-Uqdah and Silver Labrador Retriever
JC Al-Uqdah and the silver lab up for auction. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Robin and Steven Murray
Robin and Steven Murray. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Marc LaMond, Donna LaMond, Sue and Gary Hanna
Marc and Donna LaMond, left, with Sue and Gary Hanna. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Shannon and John Morton
Shannon and John Morton. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Adam and Tracy Larson
Adam and Tracy Larson.  Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Chad and Cara Michael
Chad and Cara Michael. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Paul and Michele Marvin
Paul and Michele Marvin. Photo by Pete Baatz
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Brian Cushing, Jennifer Gatto, Megan Cushing
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, John Young, William Vanderbloemen
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Adrienne Vanderbloemen, Christi Young and Michele Still
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Helen and Phillip Wright
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, John and Ting Bresnahan
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Gina and Charles Fertitta
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Crystal and Randy Wright
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Tara and David Wuthrich, Heather O'Connor
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, JC Al-Uqdah and Silver Labrador Retriever
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Robin and Steven Murray
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Marc LaMond, Donna LaMond, Sue and Gary Hanna
News, Sheby, Park Lover's Ball, Feb. 2015, Shannon and John Morton
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Adam and Tracy Larson
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Chad and Cara Michael
News, Shelby, Park Lover's Ball, February 2015, Paul and Michele Marvin

The vibe was civic pride in the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel when West University neighbors and friends came together in support of that community's green spaces at the 24th annual Park Lovers' Ball.

More than 675 black-tie attired guests were seeing green as they partied through the park-themed night that raised more than $439,000 for the West University Place Parks Fund Inc. Monies raised by the Friends of West University Place Park Funds are being used to replace trees lost by Hurricane Ike and the drought, to build a new fence around the community center and to fund new signage.

Co-chairs Michele and Charles Still, Adrienne and William Vanderbloemen and Christi and John Young organized the evening that recognized Sue and Gary Hanna as honorary chairs.

Part of the evening fun revolved around perusal of the 150 auction and big board offerings. Among those were the South Africa photo safari donated by West U resident Tamsyn Fricker of Travel Artistry Africa, a Houston Texans training experience and the dinner for 14 at Tiny's No. 5 with Megan and Brian Cushing. The Texans star and his wife were among the guests.

The partying crowd dancing to the tunes of DJ SeeBass included Robin and Steve Murray, Tara and David Wuthrich, Ting and John Bresnahan, Helen and Phillipo Wright, Gina and Charles Fertitta, Crystal and Randy Wright and Tracy and Amy Larson.

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