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A circus party: Kalon McMahon, Erica Rose, stripper reporter Sarah Tressler and a dunk tank collide

009_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Kalon McMahon
Kalon McMahon Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
032_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Mary Rosenstein, Erica Rose, Hilary Rosenstein
Mary Rosenstein, Erica Rose, Hilary Rosenstein Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
029_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Sarah Tressler, Ellen Wermeling
Sarah Tressler, Ellen Wermeling Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
028_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Chris Wadley, Katherine Whaley, Jenna Beth Whaley, Michael Silva, Ashley Foret
Chris Wadley, Katherine Whaley, Jenna Beth Whaley, Michael Silva, Ashley Foret Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
031_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Divya Brown, Francis Lim
Divya Brown, Francis Lim Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
027_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Aspasia Thoma, Cindy Dartez, Vina Arjomandnia
Aspasia Thoma, Cindy Dartez, Vina Arjomandnia Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
034_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Bethany Buchanan, Megan Pastor
Bethany Buchanan, Megan Pastor Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
008_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Jillian Vazquez, William Daniel
Jillian Vazquez, William Daniel Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
033_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Todd Hassen, Rana Kashani
Todd Hassen, Rana Kashani Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
020_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Mary Lee, Lily Jang
Mary Lee, Lily Jang Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
030_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Ashley McDonald, Tim Johnson
Ashley McDonald, Tim Johnson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
023_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Jeff Shell, Chef Philippe Schmit
Jeff Shell, Philippe Schmit Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
021_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Margarita Jacobs, Vai Godhania, Mike Pena
Margarita Jacobs, Vai Godhania, Mike Pena Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
018_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Erica Rose
Erica Rose Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
015_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Tiffany Torregrossa, Jason Gibson, Stephanie Kelley
Tiffany Torregrossa, Jason Gibson, Stephanie Kelley Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
014_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Chris Garner, Jamie Pottorf, Dell Cartier, Mirta Padilla
Chris Garner, Jamie Pottorf, Dell Cartier, Mirta Padilla Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
013_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Yuan Yuan Zhang, Chrissy Gowens, Irena Shyshkina
Yuan Yuan Zhang, Chrissy Gowens, Irena Shyshkina Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
025_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Ralph Ramirez, Lisa Hudson
Ralph Ramirez, Lisa Hudson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
004_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Joel Luks, Kalon McMahon, Shelby Hodge
Joel Luks, Kalon McMahon, Shelby Hodge Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
026_Party in Pink, Hotel ZaZa, July 2012, Iveth Diaz, Julia Larson
Iveth Diaz, Julia Larson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com

Organizers had promised that Thurday night's Party in Pink at Hotel ZaZa was going to be THE bash of the summer. And, yes, the benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation hit the partytime jackpot with Erica Rose and Kalon McMahon getting dunked, exotic dancer Sarah Tressler playing nice girl and chef Philippe Schmit and Channel 11 news anchor Lily Jang selling kisses.

Reservations soared past the 500 limit well in advance of the doors opening on the poolside party that was so awash in fashion shades of pink that CultureMap's Sarah Rufca observed that the surreal tableau was like a pink Oz. 

 But not all were unhappy with Kalon. "He's much better looking in person. I like him on the Bachelor Pad. He's funny," cooed one Kalon groupie.  

Beyond the richest people-watching in months, this party scene included models in party clothes from Tootsies wandering through the crush on stilts, synchronized swimmers in the pool, a fortune teller and circus characters including a vertically-challenged ring master, a magician and women with whips, presumably to tame the wild party animals. More models wearing Cavalli, Camilla and Alice and Olivia sashayed across the pool bridge while the Don Vaughn drums blasted in time with tunes from the DJ.

Think hot, think pink, think killer vibes. The Pink Flirt cocktails (vodka, champagne and pineapple juice), pink Veuve Clicquot and watermelon gazpacho in shot glasses kept this crowd lubricated as did the cash bars where there was no shortage of call drinks

For those needing sustenance, there were booths offering flavored popcorn, a hot dog stand, passed lobster pops, Sprinkles cupcakes and more.

High entertainment for partygoers was centered on the dunking booth where Bachelorette bad boy Kalon was the first to take the dousing for charity. For the record, Houston magazine publisher Peter Remington threw the first successful pitch. Kalon's Bachelor Pad nemesis Erica tried to do the honors but failed while a long line of young women, who confessed to taking female revenge, had their success tossing the tennis ball. 

But not all were unhappy with Kalon. "He's much better looking in person. I like him on the Bachelor Pad. He's funny," cooed one Kalon groupie. 

Erica took her splashes as well and both were actually good sports. Erica maintained her cool even when her dad, Dr. Franklin Rose, hit the paddle to dunk her.  
 
Taking it all in were Hotel ZaZa owner Charlie Givens, in from Dallas, and ZaZa Houston GM Matthew Nuss
 
Joining this merry throng were Monique Mannke, James Sivco, Ana Kulak, Dr. Michael Yafi, Divya Brown, Corbett Parker, Miya Shay, Jeff Shell, Beata and Ted Loch, Fady Armanious, Allyson Tauch, Bethany Buchanan, Megan Pastor, Hanh Tran, Kim Padgett, Ashley Foret, Colin Moussa and Michelle Yeglic.

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