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Fueled by mojitos and Cuban babalu, Root Ball hits it out of the park with Havana-themed bash

Fueled by mojitos and babalu, Root Ball scores with Havana night

4 Jim and Cherie Flores, from left, and Robin and John Wombwell at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Root Ball chairs Jim and Cherie Flores, left, and Robin and John Wombwell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
31 Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia. Photo by © Kim Coffman
9 Janna and David Marks, left, and Cathy and Jared Cox at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Janna and David Marks, left, and Cathy and Jared Cox. Photo by © Kim Coffman
30 Laura McCullough, from left, Sophie Girard and Reagan Bauer at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Laura McCullough, from left, Sophie Girard and Reagan Bauer. Photo by © Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Trees for Houston Root Ball, David Caceres musicians, March 2015
Musicians in David Caceres' band donned babalu jackets for the Root Ball. Photo by Shelby Hodge
29 NAME, left, and Marcy Taub Wessel at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Leigh Ann Pearson Raymond, left, and Marcy Taub Wessel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
15 Cigar roller at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
What's a Cuban-themed party without hand-rolled cigars? Photo by © Kim Coffman
28 Laurie Allen, left, and Allison Parsley at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Laurie Allen, left, and Allison Parsley. Photo by © Kim Coffman
26 Dorry and Carroll Shaddock at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Dorry and Carroll Shaddock, Trees for Houston founding chairman. Photo by © Kim Coffman
8 Heidi Patterson, left, and Kim Husser at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Heidi Patterson, left, and Kim Husser. Photo by © Kim Coffman
23 Ed Thayer, from left, Claudia Krisele and John Ambler at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Ed Thayer, left, Claudia Krisele and John Ambler. Photo by © Kim Coffman
21 Ginnie and Tim McConn at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Ginnie and Tim McConn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
20 Mimi and Zachary Brown at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Mimi and Zachary Brown. Photo by © Kim Coffman
18 Patricia Griffith, from left, Cherie Flores and Vesta Frommer at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Patricia Griffith, from left, Cherie Flores and Vesta Frommer. Photo by © Kim Coffman
16 Michelle and Glenn Woo at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Michelle and Glenn Woo. Photo by © Kim Coffman
12 Steve and Tricia Grossman, from left, and Marilyn and Ben Gunnarson at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Steve and Tricia Grossman, from left, and Marilyn and Ben Gunnarson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Kelli and Eddy Blanton at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Kelli and Eddy Blanton. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 The venue at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Dinner tables sprouted palm trees, reflecting the Havana theme.  Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 Sarah and Steve Pitt at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Sarah and Steve Pitt. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 Kathy and Bill Van Wie at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Kathy and Bill Van Wie, Trees for Houston president. Photo by © Kim Coffman
22 Robin Wombwell, left, and Christiana McConn at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
Robin Wombwell, left, and Christiana McConn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
4 Jim and Cherie Flores, from left, and Robin and John Wombwell at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
31 Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
9 Janna and David Marks, left, and Cathy and Jared Cox at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
30 Laura McCullough, from left, Sophie Girard and Reagan Bauer at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
News, Shelby, Trees for Houston Root Ball, David Caceres musicians, March 2015
29 NAME, left, and Marcy Taub Wessel at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
15 Cigar roller at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
28 Laurie Allen, left, and Allison Parsley at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
26 Dorry and Carroll Shaddock at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
8 Heidi Patterson, left, and Kim Husser at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
23 Ed Thayer, from left, Claudia Krisele and John Ambler at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
21 Ginnie and Tim McConn at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
20 Mimi and Zachary Brown at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
18 Patricia Griffith, from left, Cherie Flores and Vesta Frommer at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
16 Michelle and Glenn Woo at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
12 Steve and Tricia Grossman, from left, and Marilyn and Ben Gunnarson at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
10 Kelli and Eddy Blanton at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
1 The venue at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
7 Sarah and Steve Pitt at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
6 Kathy and Bill Van Wie at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015
22 Robin Wombwell, left, and Christiana McConn at Trees of Houston Root Ball March 2015

Ricky Ricardo would have loved Trees for Houston's Root Ball. With David Caceres' musicians sporting colorful babalu costumes, flowing mojitos and Cuba libres and the hand-rolled cigar station, "A Night in Old Havana" oozed Cuban esthetics.

More than 400 guests, many of the gents in guayaberas and the ladies in Caribbean chic, raised a bundle for the organization that is working to re-green the city's drought-stricken landscape. The evening surpassed the $300,000 goal, bringing in $379,000. Applause applause for chairs Cherie Flores and Robin Wombwell.

"Especially after the drought here, Houston needs Trees for Houston more than ever," Flores said. "Right now with all the development and growth in Houston, we need more green and green spaces. So Trees for Houston is doing a wonderful job of greening the corridors and the Energy Belt around Houston and really putting in more green space and trees. It's just the right thing to do and we need it here in Houston."

Held in an open party tent adjacent to Memorial Park, where some 10,000 trees were lost due to the 2011 drought, the benefit provided a window on the devastated canopy.

Yet, within the tent, palm trees sprouted from dinner tables where tropical flowers blossomed atop bright, tropical-colored cloths. An old Havana backdrop added further authenticity to the setting as did the Caribbean inspired menu.

Soaking up the ambience on a perfect spring night were husbands of the chairs Jim Flores and John Wombwell, plus Eliza and Stuart Stedman, Sarah and Steve Pitt, Ginnie and Tim McConn, Cathy and Joe Cleary, Sarah Paschall Dodd, Gregory Fourticq, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Leigh Anne and John Raymond, Marcy Wessel, Dorry and Carroll Shaddock, Trees for Houston founding chairman, and Kathy and Bill Van Wie, Trees for Houston president.

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