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Special 50th birthday celebration and engagement party draws mayor and politicos

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Kim Padgett and Alex Martinez at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Kim Padgett and birthday boy Alex Martinez. Photo by Michael Ramos
Alejandra Rutledge, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alejandra Rutledge, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard. Photo by Michael Ramos
Alex Martinez, left, David Arpin at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alex Martinez, left, and David Arpin announce their engagement. Photo by Michael Ramos
Alice Phipps, left, and Alex Blair at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alice Phipps, left, and Alex Blair. Photo by Michael Ramos
Bruce Padilla, from left, Melissa Ewards and Shelby Kibodeaux at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Bruce Padilla, left, Melissa Edwards and Shelby Kibodeaux. Photo by Michael Ramos
Gilbert Garcia, from left, Dede Garcia and Paul Stone at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Gilbert and Dee Dee Garcia, left, with Paul Stone. Photo by Michael Ramos
The birthday cake at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Three Brothers Bakery made the elaborate birthday cake. Photo by Michael Ramos
Rex and Alejandra Rutledge at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Rex and Alejandra Rutledge. Photo by Michael Ramos
Matthew Burrus-Pearce, left, and Michael Pierce at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Matt Burrus-Pearce, left, and Michael Pearce. Photo by Michael Ramos
William D. Dobbs, left, and Terry Zmyslo at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
William D. Dobbs, left, and Terry Zmyslo. Photo by Michael Ramos
Marcus Duffel, from left, Alexandra Leveille, Dr. Christopher Cassady and Claire Partin at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014 at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Marcus Duffel, from left, Alexandra Leveille, Dr. Christopher Cassady and Claire Partin. Photo by Michael Ramos
Linda and Patrick Sweet at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Linda and Patrick Sweet. Photo by Michael Ramos
Kim Padgett and Alex Martinez at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alejandra Rutledge, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alex Martinez, left, David Arpin at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Alice Phipps, left, and Alex Blair at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Bruce Padilla, from left, Melissa Ewards and Shelby Kibodeaux at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Gilbert Garcia, from left, Dede Garcia and Paul Stone at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
The birthday cake at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Rex and Alejandra Rutledge at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Matthew Burrus-Pearce, left, and Michael Pierce at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
William D. Dobbs, left, and Terry Zmyslo at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Marcus Duffel, from left, Alexandra Leveille, Dr. Christopher Cassady and Claire Partin at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014 at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014
Linda and Patrick Sweet at Alex Martinez's birthday party July 2014

Love was certainly in the air when Alex Martinez celebrated his 50th birthday amid a sea of political activists, professional fundraisers and friends at the Hilton Americas-Houston Skyline Room. Not only did his partner David Arpin, Houston First board member and one-time treasurer for Mayor Annise Parker's campaign, share memories of the gents' 17 years together but he also announced their engagement.

The duo are planning a September merger in Seattle. 

Headliners at the dual celebration were Mayor Parker and Kathy Hubbard and Metro chairman Gilbert Garcia as well as friends from across the country.

The festivities included entertainment by Jerry Atwood and Sharon Montgomery, a slide show of photos from Alex's first half-century and a feast that included a whole roasted pig with all the trimmings and a fancy birthday cake from Three Brothers Bakery.

The party crowd included DeeDee Garcia, Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus-Pearce, Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose, Kim Padgett, Melissa Edwards, Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux, Kim Padgett, Kenneth Gale and Evan Thayer, Astley and Alex Blair with their daughter Alice Phipps, Terry Zmyslo and William Dobbs.

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