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Hot young professionals hold one heck of a birthday party for one of Houston's great treasures

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Schuyler Evans, from left, Lacee Wilke, Courtney Key and Andrew Alvis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Schuyler Evans, from left, Lacee Wilke, Courtney Key and Andrew Alvis. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
David Andrus, from left, Megan Bickett, Avery Ely and Andrew Bohon at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
David Andrus, from left, Megan Bickett, Avery Ely and Andrew Bohon. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Jennifer Hobson, from left, Gregory Kaldis, Kelly and David Leonard and Jon Sanfelippo at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
David and Kelly Leonard, from left, Gregory Kaldis, Jennifer Hobson and Jon Sanfelippo. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Marc Eichenbaum and  Amanda Zimmerman at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Marc Eichenbaum and Amanda Zimmerman. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis with D'arcy at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis with D'arcy. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Mary and Weston O'Black at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Mary and Weston O'Black. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Catarina Cron, from left, Miya Shay and Carey Kirkpatrick at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Catarina Cron, from left, Miya Shay and Carey Kirkpatrick. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Laura Tellez and Ben Simon at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Laura Tellez and Ben Simon. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Kristen Welsh McDanald, left, and Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014.
Kristen Welsh McDanald, left, and Courtney Carlson Siegmund. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Jay Zeidman, from left, Natalie Herzon and Dawn M. Gillespie at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Jay Zeidman, from left, Natalie Herzon and Dawn M. Gillespie. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Clark Newman, from left Jessica Hart, Johnna Carlson and Holli Strong at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Clark Newman, from left, Jessica Hart, Johnna Carlson and Holli Strong. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Brandon Siegmund, left, and Evan Hawkins at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Brandon Siegmund, left, and Evan Hawkins. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Athelia Merrell, from left, Bethany Hebert, Laura Sirabian and Adrienne Saxe at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Athelia Merrell, from left, Bethany Hebert, Laura Sirabian and Adrienne Saxe. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
The venue at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
The venue at the Urban Green "Birthday en Blanc" social. Photo courtesy of © Nolan Conley Photography
Schuyler Evans, from left, Lacee Wilke, Courtney Key and Andrew Alvis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
David Andrus, from left, Megan Bickett, Avery Ely and Andrew Bohon at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Jennifer Hobson, from left, Gregory Kaldis, Kelly and David Leonard and Jon Sanfelippo at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Marc Eichenbaum and  Amanda Zimmerman at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Matthew Wettergreen and Claudia Solis with D'arcy at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Mary and Weston O'Black at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Doreen Stoller and Dan Piette at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Catarina Cron, from left, Miya Shay and Carey Kirkpatrick at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Laura Tellez and Ben Simon at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Kristen Welsh McDanald, left, and Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014.
Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Jay Zeidman, from left, Natalie Herzon and Dawn M. Gillespie at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Clark Newman, from left Jessica Hart, Johnna Carlson and Holli Strong at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Brandon Siegmund, left, and Evan Hawkins at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Athelia Merrell, from left, Bethany Hebert, Laura Sirabian and Adrienne Saxe at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014
The venue at the Urban Green Birthday en Blanc May 2014

Perfect spring temps? Check. Charming decor? Check. Some 350 of Houston's young professionals with a penchant for the greener side of life swathed in their finest white attire? Check.

Such was the scene at the Hermann Park Conservancy "Birthday en Blanc" social held on the banks of McGovern Lake, where Urban Green members and guests basked in the beauty that is this 100-year-old green treasure. Suspended white balloons, white ribbons swaying from the trees, flickering tiki torches and white floating candles offered a breezy backdrop that raised awareness for a group that's dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Hermann Park.

Party chairs Jennifer Hobson, Gregory Kaldis, Jon Sanfelippo and Kelly and David Leonard orchestrated the classy affair that included a spread of casual foods from local restaurants plus refreshing bevs courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. With tunes by DJ Mav and DJ M-Cue, energy was high as the emerging philanthropists pored over a silent auction that featured a signed J.J. Watt football and four sideline tickets to a Houston Texans game.

Helping raise $21,000 for the nonprofit alongside executive director Doreen Stoller and hubby Dan Piette were Urban Green steering committee chair Catherine Bradley, Cassie Detering, Nic Phillips, Claudia Solis and Matthew Wettergreen, Kevin Dewhurst, Miya Shay, Catarina Cron, Marc Eichenbaum and Amanda Zimmerman, Jessica Hart, Evan Hawkins, Megan Kaldis, Kristen Welsh McDanald, Mary O'Black, Cati Rines, Holly A. N. Smith and Eliza Wright.

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