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Toga time: Young Professionals revive Animal House at rockin' party

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5 Party-goers at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Party guys — Greek gods? — in their toga togs took over the party space. Photo by Mike Calimbas
10 Kathryn Fletcher, from left, Diana Ortega and Lisa Renee Pena at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Kathryn Fletcher, from left, Diana Ortega and Lisa Renee Pena. Photo by Mike Calimbas
2 Belgique Musaniwabo at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Belgique Musaniwabo. Photo by Mike Calimbas
8 Event chairs Maneesh Singal, left, and Paul Pettie with Texans cheerleaders at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Maneesh Singal, left, and Paul Pettie with Texans cheerleaders. Photo by Mike Calimbas
9 Event chairs Lindsey Moreno, left, and Jeremy Fain at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Lindsey Moreno and Jeremy Fain. Photo by Mike Calimbas
7 Daron Moreno, from left, with Jennifer and Steve McGrath at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Daron Moreno, from left, with Jennifer and Steve McGrath. Photo by Mike Calimbas
6 Darik Bradley, from left, John Laveck and Greg Griffin at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Darik Bradley, from left, John Laveck and Greg Griffin. Photo by Mike Calimbas
11 Liz Gorman Jones, from left, Paul Pettie, Sara Brown and Moses Martinez at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Liz Gorman Jones, from left, Paul Pettie, Sara Brown and Moses Martinez. Photo by Mike Calimbas
1 Amber Faye, left, and Claudia Ayala with Texans cheerleaders at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
Amber Faye, left, and Claudia Ayala with Texans cheerleaders. Photo by Mike Calimbas
5 Party-goers at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
10 Kathryn Fletcher, from left, Diana Ortega and Lisa Renee Pena at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
2 Belgique Musaniwabo at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
8 Event chairs Maneesh Singal, left, and Paul Pettie with Texans cheerleaders at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
9 Event chairs Lindsey Moreno, left, and Jeremy Fain at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
7 Daron Moreno, from left, with Jennifer and Steve McGrath at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
6 Darik Bradley, from left, John Laveck and Greg Griffin at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
11 Liz Gorman Jones, from left, Paul Pettie, Sara Brown and Moses Martinez at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014
1 Amber Faye, left, and Claudia Ayala with Texans cheerleaders at the Bering Omega Toga Party July 2014

What: Bering Omega Community Services Young Professionals' "Animal House Toga Party."

Where: Audi Central Houston.

The 411: The Bering Omega Community Services Young Professionals board hosted the blowout that took place amid the gleaming autos on display in the swank inner-Loop 610 showroom. Event chairs Jeremy Fain, Heather Yanak, Justin Concepcion, Maneesh Singal and Lindsey Moreno dressed the part, donning sheets, robes and laurel wreaths in honor of the whacky theme. Most among the 250 young professionals on hand stepped out in similar Animal House-inspired toga togs.

Highlight of the night was presentation of the Nick Day Award, named in honor of the much-admired Houston Symphony publicist who passed away earlier this month. The first annual young professional award went to Sara Brown, who started with Bering Omega as a Jesuit volunteer right out of college and ultimately went to work for the non-profit in community development. She played an integral role in creating the Young Professionals board. Today, she works for the Coalition for the Homeless and has dedicated her career to non-profit service.

Who: The party crowd included Nick Espinosa, Liz Gorman, Paul Pettie, Mitchell Greco, Jeff Gremillion, Holly Reich, Travis Player, Lisa Izzo, Jennifer and Steve McGrath, Omar Pena, Tony Gibson, J.D. Adamson and Brandon Weinbrenner.

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