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Young professional gods and goddesses rock the night at Bering Omega toga party

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Chairs Justin Concepcion, from left, Cindy Rodriguez and Leslie Jackson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Chairs Justin Concepcion, left, Cindy Rodriguez and Leslie Jackson at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Pepe Jaramillo, from left, Paul Pettie and Nick Espinosa at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Pepe Jaramillo, from left, Paul Pettie and Nick Espinosa at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Tracee Kelly, from left, Gabriel Griffin and Xiomar Rogers at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Tracee Kelly, from left, Gabriel Griffin and Xiomar Rogers at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Rachael Holland, left, and Elizabeth Holland at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Rachael Holland, left, and Elizabeth Holland at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Scott Peveto and Mary Clarkson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Scott Peveto and Mary Clarkson at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, from left, with Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, from left, with Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Sakshi Tandon, left, and Ronni Prakoth at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Sakshi Tandon, left, and Ronni Prakoth at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Nissa Khan at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Nissa Khan at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Mena Mark Hanna, left, and Robert Boldin at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Mena Mark Hanna, left, and Robert Boldin at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Liz Gorman and Stephen Jones at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Liz Gorman and Stephen Jones at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Fatema and Wasim Khan at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Fatema and Wasim Khan at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
David Nguyen, from left, Jenny Noonan and Nathan Herrington at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
David Nguyen, from left, Jenny Noonan and Nathan Herrington at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Celia Vrnak, from left, Maneesh Singal and Gayle Abrahams at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Celia Vrnak, from left, Maneesh Singal and Gayle Abrahams at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Catherine Dorroh and Jayce Simpson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Catherine Dorroh and Jayce Simpson at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Brett Heller and Ellen Chen at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Brett Heller and Ellen Chen at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Livio Ituah, from left, Samantha Darr-Rankin and Alex Silva at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Livio Ituah, from left, Samantha Darr-Rankin and Alex Silva at the Bering Omega toga party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Chairs Justin Concepcion, from left, Cindy Rodriguez and Leslie Jackson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Pepe Jaramillo, from left, Paul Pettie and Nick Espinosa at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Tracee Kelly, from left, Gabriel Griffin and Xiomar Rogers at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Rachael Holland, left, and Elizabeth Holland at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Scott Peveto and Mary Clarkson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, from left, with Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Sakshi Tandon, left, and Ronni Prakoth at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Nissa Khan at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Mena Mark Hanna, left, and Robert Boldin at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Liz Gorman and Stephen Jones at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Fatema and Wasim Khan at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
David Nguyen, from left, Jenny Noonan and Nathan Herrington at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Celia Vrnak, from left, Maneesh Singal and Gayle Abrahams at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Catherine Dorroh and Jayce Simpson at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Brett Heller and Ellen Chen at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega
Livio Ituah, from left, Samantha Darr-Rankin and Alex Silva at toga party at Craft Salon benefiting Bering Omega

In the middle of July with so much citizenry vacationing, there seems to be a pent-up need among the city's young professionals for serious party action. And those pulling the sheets off their beds or hitting up Frankel's for Bering Omega's second annual Toga Party on Saturday night found just that.

More than 150 costumed partiers packed Craft Salon for the second annual mid-summer night's revelry, hosted by Bering Omega's YP board. It was a win-win for Bering Omega as virtually everything was donated. Cara Crafton cleared out her salon for the second year. The Counter provided Mediterranean-inspired sliders while libations were compliments of Dripping Springs Vodka and Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Chairs Justin Concepcion, Cindy Rodriguez and Leslie Jackson welcomed the crowd that spilled from the salon onto the patio overlooking Dunlavy. (Chair Jason Levya was away on his honeymoon.)

Toga style was interpreted in myriad colorful ways with Ryan Cunningham (aka Bacchus) taking honors for Best Male Toga, Nissa Khan as a fetching goddess winning for Best Female Toga and Rebecca Bertrand and April Gough as Best Overall Toga for their golf-themed togas complete with visors, golf gloves and clubs. As Bering Omega's development veep Beth Wilson said, "People are happy for something to do in the middle of summer and people like to play dress-up."

Stepping out in various modes of toga splendor were Paul Pettie, Pepe Jaramillo, Liz Gorman, Stephen Jones, Nick Espinosa, Scott Peveto, Mary Clarkson, Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, David Nguyen, Jenny Noonan, Nathan Herrington, Rachael Holland and Elizabeth Holland.

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