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American Cancer Society young professionals have a blast at Starlight fashion mixer

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004_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Tiffany Lomax, Crystal Thomas, Rebecca Haskin
Tiffany Lomax, Crystal Thomas, Rebecca Haskin Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
015_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Lauren Brown, Matt Sedley, Chelsea Polk, Mallory Martino
Lauren Brown, Matt Sedley, Chelsea Polk, Mallory Martino Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
016_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Brad Leedy, Vanessa Hughes, Scott Newman, Katwing Comby
Brad Leedy, Vanessa Hughes, Scott Newman, Katwing Comby Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
011_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Sannam Warrender, Sippi Khurana, Savreet Singh
Sannam Warrender, Sippi Khurana, Savreet Singh Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
002_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Tana Frnka, Laura Fields, Dr. Akash Bhagat, Dr. Elizabeth Fair
Tana Frnka, Laura Fields, Dr. Akash Bhagat, Dr. Elizabeth Fair Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
006_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Mark Shervington, Mike McMeekin, Bart Haverkamp
Mark Shervington, Mike McMeekin, Bart Haverkamp Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
013_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Kevin Murray, Christen Hatfield, Al Benoit
Kevin Murray, Christen Hatfield, Al Benoit Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
010_Starlight Fashion gala, Show, June 2012, Mazen Baltagi, Donnia Metonri, Sahar Samadian, Lanre Omotunwashe
Mazen Baltagi, Donnia Metonri, Sahar Samadian, Lanre Omotunwashe Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
003_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Christina Gamboa, America Gussett
Christina Gamboa, America Gussett Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
018_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Steve Zimmerman, Dan Zimmerman
Steve Zimmerman, Dan Zimmerman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
004_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Tiffany Lomax, Crystal Thomas, Rebecca Haskin
001_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Christine Thorp, Jared Lang
017_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Emily Cotton, Philippe Schmit
015_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Lauren Brown, Matt Sedley, Chelsea Polk, Mallory Martino
022_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Sadie Elliott, model, runway
016_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Brad Leedy, Vanessa Hughes, Scott Newman, Katwing Comby
011_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Sannam Warrender, Sippi Khurana, Savreet Singh
019_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Harper Watters, model, runway
002_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Tana Frnka, Laura Fields, Dr. Akash Bhagat, Dr. Elizabeth Fair
021_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Hector Villarreal
006_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Mark Shervington, Mike McMeekin, Bart Haverkamp
013_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Kevin Murray, Christen Hatfield, Al Benoit
010_Starlight Fashion gala, Show, June 2012, Mazen Baltagi, Donnia Metonri, Sahar Samadian, Lanre Omotunwashe
003_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Christina Gamboa, America Gussett
018_Starlight gala, Fashion Show, June 2012, Steve Zimmerman, Dan Zimmerman

The pretty young things in their sexy, sparkly cocktail dresses poured into the ballroom at La Colombe d'Or as did a pride of fetching men — some young, some not so young — for the sixth annual Starlight Gala Summer Fashion Fete, sure to rank as one of the most successful mixers of the summer.

This uber opportunity for singles to see and be seen in the glam setting of the hotel's Grand Salon was fueled by the flow of Stoli cocktails and enriched by catwalk entertainment. A handful of cancer survivors and a squad of lithe Houston Ballet dancers modeled fashions from Carrie Ann, Robert Graham, Lucho and Arliss Studio.

The American Cancer Society's Starlight group, sponsor of the fundraiser, is one of the city's oldest and largest young professionals organizations. Launched 14 years ago, Starlight today boasts a membership of 3,000. More than 300 of those joined the party on Tuesday.

Emily Cotton and Christine Thorp, who chaired last year's Starlight fashion fete at Hudson Lounge, were at the helm again this year, overseeing the evening that included silent and live auctions, a dessert buffet and an after-party at Zimm's.

KRBE 104.1's Ryan Chase served as emcee and Momentum Audi GM Jared Lang helped the fundraising as auctioneer. Adding to the bottom line were party rings, provided Lucho's Hector Villarreal, and costing $50 a pop, the sale of which provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatment centers.

Not ones to miss a party in their own house, so to speak, were La Colombe d'Or proprietors Steve Zimmerman and son Dan Zimmerman. They mingled in the crowd that sipped Sexy and Fashionable (Stoli blue berrry and mixers) and Stoli Stickiberi cocktails in the CultureMap VIP Style Lounge.

The partying throng included Mary Ann Wosenitz, Philippe Schmit, Debbie Elias, Ruchi Mukherjee and Sandeep Khandelwal, Lauren Brown, Mallory Martino, Scott Newman, Vanessa Hughes and Katy Pease.

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