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.