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Young professionals kick off plans for Jungle Book Gala with whiskey tasting up on the roof

Young professionals kick off gala with whiskey tasting up on the roof

Will Finnorn, Whitney Mercilus, Alexa Bode at Barbara Bush Foundation Gala kickoff
Will Finnorn, Whitney Mercilus, Alexa Bode. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Audry Miller, Tiffany LaRose, Casey Sailor at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
 Audry Miller, Tiffany LaRose, Casey Sailor. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
JW Wintersteen, John Nghiem at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
 JW Wintersteen, John Nghiem. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
 Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Whitney Mercilus, Wade Smith, Julie Baker Finck during TX Whiskey Sampling at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Whitney Mercilus, Wade Smith, Julie Baker Finck. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Rebecca Hoffman, Jordan McPhail, Arabella and Jamie Hibbert at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Rebecca Hoffman, Jordan McPhail, Arabella Hibber, Jamie Hibber. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Emily White, Natali Czarneski, Courtney Sutton at Barbara Bush Foundation kickoff
 Emily White, Natali Czarneski, Courtney Sutton. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Walker Colt, Morgan Relyea Colt, David Denemburg at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Walker Colt, Morgan Relyea Colt, David Denemburg. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Laura Addington, Austin Tucker at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
 Laura Addington, Austin Tucker. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mellisa Williams, Matt Murphy, Tina Mata, Mark Latham at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Mellisa Williams, Matt Murphy, Tina Mata, Mark Latham. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kristin Rozanski, Kirstin Brenders, Emily Smith, Mary Maloney at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Kristin Rozanski, Kirstin Brenders, Emily Smith, Mary Maloney. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Grace Gosnell, Tom Gosnell at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Grace Cosnell, Tom Gosnell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Will Finnorn, Whitney Mercilus, Alexa Bode at Barbara Bush Foundation Gala kickoff
Audry Miller, Tiffany LaRose, Casey Sailor at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
JW Wintersteen, John Nghiem at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Whitney Mercilus, Wade Smith, Julie Baker Finck during TX Whiskey Sampling at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Rebecca Hoffman, Jordan McPhail, Arabella and Jamie Hibbert at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Emily White, Natali Czarneski, Courtney Sutton at Barbara Bush Foundation kickoff
Walker Colt, Morgan Relyea Colt, David Denemburg at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Laura Addington, Austin Tucker at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Mellisa Williams, Matt Murphy, Tina Mata, Mark Latham at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Kristin Rozanski, Kirstin Brenders, Emily Smith, Mary Maloney at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Grace Gosnell, Tom Gosnell at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff
Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck at Barbara Bush Foundation gala kickoff

What: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation's Young Professionals Group's Jungle Book Gala Kickoff.

Where: White Oak Music Hall.

The scoop: The rooftop patio of the near northside music hall provided a dramatic backdrop as the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Young Professionals Group celebrate its upcoming gala with an evening of  hand-rolled cigars from Embajadores Fine Cigars, hors d’oeurves, and a whiskey tasting by TX Whiskey. Jennifer and Kyle Solak, authors of Goodnight Houston, signed copies of the children's book that takes families on a bedtime tour of the many points of interest that make Houston unique. Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus was announced as the honorary chair of the black-tie gala, which will take place at The Dunlavy on September 22 and is co-chaired by Alexa Bode and Will Finnorn.

Who: Spotted in the crowd were Kia AustinCarley Colton, Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Houston Literary Foundation, and husband Ron Finck, Lauren Goodwin, Grace Gosnell, Arabella and Jamie Hibbert,Tiffany LaRose, Mark Latham, Amy and Kyle McCully, Jordan McPhail, Audry Miller, Philip Morris, John Nghiem, Gwendolyn and Wade Parks, Caitlin Rance, Chloe Rushing, Casey Sailer, Wade Smith, Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Kathaleen and Steven Walton, Melissa Williams, and Matt Murphy.

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