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Young professionals party in sophisticated style at CultureMap Mixer on the Map at The Grove

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0017, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Alex Taghi, Audra White, Andrae Turner
Alex Taghi, from left, Audra White and Andrae Turner rock the city sunset at CultureMap's Mixer on the Map. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0006, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Bethany Parks, James Glassman
Bethany Parks and James Glassman were among the 300 stylish YPs flowing in at The Grove. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0015, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Maria Vilchez, Hasti Taghi, Rana Kashani
Maria Vilchez, from left, Hasti Taghi and Rana Kashani among the classy scenesters. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0013, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Meghan Moore, Cid Espijel, Lauren Bernard
Meghan Moore, from left, Cid Espijel and Lauren Bernard. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0019, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Michael Skarke, Brandon Lauderdale, Emily Etzler, Michael Flint, Meredith Welsh
Michael Skarke, from left, Brandon Lauderdale, Emily Etzler, Michael Flint and Meredith Welsh. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0011, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Allison Martir, Jacqie Baly, Sophia Baloch
Allison Martir, from left, Jacquie Baly and Sophia Baloch. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0010, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Jessica Mooney, Meredith Wierick
Jessica Mooney, left, and Meredith Wierick. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0018, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Curtis Willeford, Tom Balestrery, John Andell
Curtis Willeford, from left, Tom Balestrery and John Andell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0022, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Veena Chandrakar, Washington Sereatan, Yvette Thomas
Veena Chandrakar, from left, Washington Sereatan and Yvette Thomas. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0023, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Farrah Akhtar, Nick Shinners
Farrah Akhtar and Nick Shinners. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0003, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Claudia Solis, Adrienne Saxe
Claudia Solis, left, and Adrienne Saxe. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0021, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Allison Martir, Seth Jaffe
Allison Martir and Seth Jaffe. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0024, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Monica Martinez, Tiffany Johnson
Monica Martinez, left, and Tiffany Johnson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0009, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Jessica Jiles, Ashley Thompson
Jessica Jiles, left, and Ashley Thompson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0008, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Karen Lix, Katwing Comby, Carol Newman
Karen Lix, from left, Katwing Comby and Carol Newman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0020, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Miriam Werner, Robert Land
Miriam Werner and Robert Land set a hipster mood at the Mixer on the Map. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0004, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Adileh Kassai, Deborah Elias
Adileh Kassai, left, and Deborah Elias. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0005, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Katie Chachere, Steven Stone, Michelle Kobelan, Kristin Kruse
Katie Chachere, from left, Steven Stone, Michelle Kobelan and Kristin Kruse. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0002, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Stewart Williams, Shannon Chapman, Ted Bowen
 Stewart Williams, left, Shannon Chapman and Ted Bowen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0001, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Todd Lyon, Casey Clay, Tamar Mendelssohn, David Rassin
Todd Lyon, from left, Casey Clay, Tamar Mendelssohn and David Rassin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0017, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Alex Taghi, Audra White, Andrae Turner
0006, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Bethany Parks, James Glassman
0015, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Maria Vilchez, Hasti Taghi, Rana Kashani
0013, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Meghan Moore, Cid Espijel, Lauren Bernard
0019, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Michael Skarke, Brandon Lauderdale, Emily Etzler, Michael Flint, Meredith Welsh
0011, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Allison Martir, Jacqie Baly, Sophia Baloch
0010, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Jessica Mooney, Meredith Wierick
0018, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Curtis Willeford, Tom Balestrery, John Andell
0022, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Veena Chandrakar, Washington Sereatan, Yvette Thomas
0023, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Farrah Akhtar, Nick Shinners
0003, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Claudia Solis, Adrienne Saxe
0021, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Allison Martir, Seth Jaffe
0024, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Monica Martinez, Tiffany Johnson
0009, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Jessica Jiles, Ashley Thompson
0008, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Karen Lix, Katwing Comby, Carol Newman
0020, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Miriam Werner, Robert Land
0004, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Adileh Kassai, Deborah Elias
0005, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Katie Chachere, Steven Stone, Michelle Kobelan, Kristin Kruse
0002, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Stewart Williams, Shannon Chapman, Ted Bowen
0001, Mixers on the Map, March 2013, Todd Lyon, Casey Clay, Tamar Mendelssohn, David Rassin

An early arrival at CultureMap's Mixer on the Map at The Grove, Richard Tran was the first, among many, to sign up for membership in one of the four non-profits promoting their causes on this perfect spring night. He had previously volunteered with Urban Green, pulling antagonistic weeds in Hermann Park. On this night, he signed up and made a donation.

That was the noble point behind this very social gathering for 300 young professionals with an interest in bettering the community. In addition to Herman Park Conservancy's Urban Green, the Bayou Preservation Association introduced its relatively new young professional's organization, Bayou Herons. Trees for Houston promoted RedBuds and at the Houston Zoo table, Sara Campbell, Audra Jesudason and Cathren Saunders encouraged membership in Flock.

The Grove hosted the event, providing a buffet spread of happy hour bites that kept the crowd sated from the start at 6 p.m. through sunset and into dark until 9 p.m. Welcoming guests to the restaurant's outdoor terrace were CultureMap's Tod Eason and Emily Goetz.

Savoring the red hot sunset, admiring the banks of white azaleas lining the Discovery Green perimeter and soaking up the see-and-be-seen scene were partygoers including Maria Vilchez, Michael Pearson, Hasti Taghi, Jacquie Baly, Bethany Parks, James Glassman, Fred Goerges, Cid Espijel, Meghan Moore, Meghan Miller, Sharon Noel, Tracy Leibovitz, Mary O'Black, Jillian Ballard, Laura Park, Ashley Jones, Chaden Yaffi and Dr. Michael Yaffi.

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