Teaming Up

Fit young professionals stick up for Buffalo Bayou's running trails with hipster fashion, spirited mixer

Fit young professionals stick up for Buffalo Bayou's running trails with hipster fashion, spirited mixer

Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Dave Lee, Shelia Townsend
Dave Lee , Shelia Townsend Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Brittany Taggart, Sidney Ginn, Christal Vaughan, Mary Catherine White
Brittany Taggart , Sidney Ginn , Christal Vaughan , Mary Catherine White Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Eliza Wright, Brandon Lauderdale
Eliza Wright , Brandon Lauderdale Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Mary Catherine White, Brian Thorp
Mary Catherine White , Brian Thorp Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Caroline Urquhart, Kevin Schott
Caroline Urquhart , Kevin Schott Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Kirsten Lees, Amanda Lyons
Kirsten Lees , Amanda Lyons Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Lorenzo Lovera, Raul Salas
Lorenzo Lovera , Raul Salas Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Dave Lee, Shelia Townsend
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Brittany Taggart, Sidney Ginn, Christal Vaughan, Mary Catherine White
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Eliza Wright, Brandon Lauderdale
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Mary Catherine White, Brian Thorp
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Caroline Urquhart, Kevin Schott
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Kirsten Lees, Amanda Lyons
Bayou Buddies mixer, June 2012, Lorenzo Lovera, Raul Salas

Joggers need running trails. The Buffalo Bayou has them, though some are in need of tender loving care.

That would be the rationale for Bayou Buddies teaming up with Brian O'Neill's Running Club for Thursday evening's spirited mixer at BlackFinn American Grille. 

These 150 young professionals on the scene with a penchant for beautifying the city's urban waterways never sprint away from a challenge, this time supporting fundraising efforts to maintain and improve the paths that, in turn, keep them in good health.

Moreover, the throng raised awareness for a pedestrian bridge at Jackson Hill and a cantilevers pass at Shepherd and Memorial that would protect runners at such a busy turnaround, and rallied colleagues to attend a June 27 community meeting at United Way to discuss how $30 million from the Kinder Foundation is enhancing the 160-acre, 2.3-mile tract from Shepherd to Sabine Street.

Buffalo Bayou sold graphic tees designed through a new collaboration with The Vanity Project and branded neckties in three colors — just in time for Father's Day.

As they say, running releases endorphins, endorphins make people happy and happy people can achieve anything. 

BON club founder Dave Lee thinks that it's all about fitness, fun and philanthropy — though romance is a side effect as three couples who met through the club are now engaged and another just walked down the aisle.

Add hipster fashion-for-a-cause to that list. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership sold graphic tees designed through a new collaboration with The Vanity Project and branded neckties in three colors — just in time for Father's Day. The raspberry, royal and sky blue buffalo-patterned ties are still available at À Bientôt, Rebecca & Drew, Tootsies, Leslie & Co. Ladies Store and online.

At the casual soiree were Brittany Taggart, Sidney Ginn, Christal Vaughan, Mary Catherine White, Kirsten Lees, Amanda Lyons, Caroline Urquhart, Kevin Schott, Eliza Wright, Brandon Lauderdale, Mary Catherine White, Brian Thorp, Lorenzo Lovera and Raul Salas.