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Chabala scores? Party in Pink turns Hotel ZaZa into haute social spot with a surprise kiss

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Michael Chabala, Lily Jang at Hotel ZaZa Party in Pink July 2013
Michael Chabala and Lily Jang at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Jessica Bella, Chita Johnson, Katherine Whaley
Jessica Bella, left, Chita Johnson and Katherine Whaley at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Pink Marilyns at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Pink Marilyns at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Erica Rose, Franklin Rose, Cindi Rose at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Erica Rose, left, Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Rose at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa,Debra Knight, Melanie Mabry, Jason Koster, Sandy Patout, Annie Shen July 2013
Debra Knight, left, Melanie Mabry, Jason Koster, Sandy Patout and Annie Shen at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa, Jess Fields, Varda Dror, Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, July 2013
Jess Fields, left, Varda Dror and Carlos and Karina Barbieri at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jared Lang, Philippe Schmit at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Jared Lang, left, and Philippe Schmit at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fady Armanious, Ashley Jackson Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Fady Armanious, left, and Ashley Jackson at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Will Matthews, Ashley Wyatt, July 2013
Will Matthews, left, and Ashley Wyatt at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Briseida Luna, Russell Richard at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Briseida Luna, left, and Russell Richard at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Annalisa Cravens, Tami Wall, Rachel Wade July 2013
Annalisa Cravens, left, Tami Wall and Rachel Wade at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Ralph Ramirez, Lisa Hudson at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Ralph Ramirez, left, and Lisa Hudson at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kathleen Taylor Bresse, Leah Harvey at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Kathleen Taylor Bresse, left, and Leah Harvey at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
 Kristine Higgins, Holly DeMaster, Allison Bagley at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Kristine Higgins, left, Holly DeMaster and Allison Bagley at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Christine Williamson, Malori Steadman at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Christine Williamson, left, and Malori Steadman at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Genevieve Sullivan at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Genevieve Sullivan at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
 Caroline Rohmn, Lia Vallone, Abbey Marks at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Caroline Rohmn, left, Lia Vallone and Abbey Marks at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Carl Meyocks, Lupe Molina, Rick Carrier, Nick Abrego at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Carl Meyocks, left, Lupe Molina, Rick Carrier and Nick Abrego at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Vanessa Munoz, Brooke Foster, Kara Cook at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Vanessa Munoz, left, Brooke Foster and Kara Cook at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Melissa Croft, Michelle Sharma, Lindsey Kern at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Melissa Croft, left, Michelle Sharma and Lindsey Kern at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Elizabeth Frolin, Emerson Farrell at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Elizabeth Frolin, left, and Emerson Farrell at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tim Thompson, Ashley Foret at Party in Pink July 2013
Tim Thompson, left, and Ashley Foret at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013 venue
The scene at "Party in Pink" at Hotel ZaZa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Michael Chabala, Lily Jang at Hotel ZaZa Party in Pink July 2013
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Jessica Bella, Chita Johnson, Katherine Whaley
Pink Marilyns at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Erica Rose, Franklin Rose, Cindi Rose at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa,Debra Knight, Melanie Mabry, Jason Koster, Sandy Patout, Annie Shen July 2013
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa, Jess Fields, Varda Dror, Carlos Barbieri, Karina Barbieri, July 2013
Jared Lang, Philippe Schmit at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Fady Armanious, Ashley Jackson Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Will Matthews, Ashley Wyatt, July 2013
Briseida Luna, Russell Richard at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa Annalisa Cravens, Tami Wall, Rachel Wade July 2013
Ralph Ramirez, Lisa Hudson at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Kathleen Taylor Bresse, Leah Harvey at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
 Kristine Higgins, Holly DeMaster, Allison Bagley at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Christine Williamson, Malori Steadman at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa, July 2013
Genevieve Sullivan at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
 Caroline Rohmn, Lia Vallone, Abbey Marks at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Carl Meyocks, Lupe Molina, Rick Carrier, Nick Abrego at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Vanessa Munoz, Brooke Foster, Kara Cook at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Melissa Croft, Michelle Sharma, Lindsey Kern at Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Elizabeth Frolin, Emerson Farrell at Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013
Tim Thompson, Ashley Foret at Party in Pink July 2013
Party in Pink Hotel ZaZa July 2013 venue

Conventional wisdom says that pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude. For the invite-only posse of 600 at the Hotel ZaZa for "Party in Pink" Thursday, the rosy hue cued a deliberate attempt to kick breast cancer to the curb.

Or give the disease "the fuzzy end of a lollipop," as Marilyn Monroe said in Some Like it Hot, whose many musical tunes hit the airwaves around the pool deck for this VIP gathering. The appearance of a handful of Monroe doppelgängers donning the blonde bombshell's iconic white dress plus pink wigs was a delightful touch.

The yearly fashionable gathering that benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation turned the relaxing urban setting into a haute carnival hot spot — sweltering 100-degree temps included — replete with strolling magicians, fortune tellers, pink balloons, models from Tootsies, sparklers and a kissing booth manned by a trio of fetching gals from KHOU that included Katherine Whaley, Chita Johnson and Lily Jang.

Kiss and tell? As Jang was about to lightly peck Houston Dynamo Mike Chabala on the cheek to earn her keep, the soccer stud surprised the newscaster by turning his head just in time to lock lips. Chabala scores (though we wish this happened more on the field).

Cooling off the sultry affair was a steady flow of Veuve Clicquot Rose while chef Jeff Axline offered tray after tray of hors d'oeuvres such as watermelon and heirloom tomato gazpacho, mini lobster rolls, and pink shrimp and peach ceviche.

Flushed and blushed in the crowd were Edward Sanchez, Fady Armanious, Yasmine Haddad, Cindi and Dr. Frank Rose, Erica Rose, Philippe Schmit, Jared Lang, Karina and Carlos Barbieri, Michael Heckman, Ali Ansari, Beth and Nick Zdeblick, Lupe Molina, Rick Carrier, Nick Abrego, Melanie Mabry, Jason Koster, Sandy Patout, Annie Shen, Ashley Wyatt, Will Matthews, Melissa Croft, Michelle Sharma, Lindsey Kern, Briseida Luna and Russell Richard.

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