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Young professional friends of Houston Zoo challenged to ditch plastic bags for a year

Houston Zoo young professionals challenged to ditch plastic bags

YP Zoo Aug 2015 Christopher Hanno, Kendall Hanno, Thomas Orser
Christopher Hanno, Kendall Hanno and Thomas Orser. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Brittany Mead, Same Cole, Farrah Akhtar
Brittany Mead, Same Cole and Farrah Akhtar. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Ashly Alberto, Caitlin Donahoe
Ashly Albert and Caitlin Donahoe. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Porschia Rust, Colin Rust
Porschia Rust and Colin Rust. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Anita Udayamurthy, Michelle Udayamurthy, Ashley Nguyen
Anita Udayamurthy, Michelle Udayamurthy and Ashley Nguyen. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Rakhee Sharma, Manny Gonzales, Sascha Aronovitz
Rakhee Sharma, Manny Gonzales and Sascha Aronovitz. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Tamar Mendelssohn, Raj Natarjan, Jr.
Tamar Mendelssohn and Raj Natarjan, Jr. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Sarah Summers, Kara Hanshaw, Kristen Hanshaw, Chad Springer
Sarah Summers, Kara Hanshaw, Kristen Hanshaw and Chad Springer. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Yasmin Akhtar, Tanya Stratford
Yasmin Akhtar and Tanya Stratford. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Renee Bumpus, Krista Telljohann
Renee Bumpus and Krista Telljohann. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Brandon Weinbrenner, Mitchell Greco, Nick Espinosa, Carlos Meltzer
Brandon Weinbrenner, Mitchell Greco, Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Jennifer Lawson, Kashmira Wadekar, Dede King, Mira Haykal, Sherril Foley
Jennifer Lawson, Kashmira Wadekar, Dede King, Mira Haykal and Sherril Foley. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Carlos Sierra, Jacqueline Jones, Ewart Jones, Kelser McMiller
Carlos Sierra, Jacqueline Jones, Ewart Jones and Kelser McMiller. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Carlos Sierra, Jacqueline Jones, Ewart Jones, Kelser McMiller
Trisha Olson, Amanda Beabout and Matt Beabout. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Zach Jones, Angela Kanik
Zach Jones and Angela Kanik. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Jeff Hiller, Ashley Freeman, Elaine Hiller
Jeff Hiller, Ashley Freeman and Elaine Hiller. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 John Starnes, Kim Plumpton
John Starnes and Kim Plumpton. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Shannon Chapman, Gray Thornton, Ted Bowen
Shannon Chapman, Gray Thornton and Ted Bowen. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell, Lauren Beamon
Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell and Lauren Beamon. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Christopher Hanno, Kendall Hanno, Thomas Orser
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Brittany Mead, Same Cole, Farrah Akhtar
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Ashly Alberto, Caitlin Donahoe
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Porschia Rust, Colin Rust
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Anita Udayamurthy, Michelle Udayamurthy, Ashley Nguyen
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Rakhee Sharma, Manny Gonzales, Sascha Aronovitz
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Tamar Mendelssohn, Raj Natarjan, Jr.
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Sarah Summers, Kara Hanshaw, Kristen Hanshaw, Chad Springer
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Yasmin Akhtar, Tanya Stratford
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Renee Bumpus, Krista Telljohann
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Brandon Weinbrenner, Mitchell Greco, Nick Espinosa, Carlos Meltzer
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Jennifer Lawson, Kashmira Wadekar, Dede King, Mira Haykal, Sherril Foley
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Carlos Sierra, Jacqueline Jones, Ewart Jones, Kelser McMiller
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Carlos Sierra, Jacqueline Jones, Ewart Jones, Kelser McMiller
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Zach Jones, Angela Kanik
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Jeff Hiller, Ashley Freeman, Elaine Hiller
YP Zoo Aug 2015 John Starnes, Kim Plumpton
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Shannon Chapman, Gray Thornton, Ted Bowen
YP Zoo Aug 2015 Kenny Terrell, Marianne Terrell, Lauren Beamon

What: Houston Zoo's cocktail party for Flock.

Where: The Houston Club on the 49th floor of One Shell Plaza.

The 411: More than 250 young professionals joined the party focusing on aiding in the effort to save ocean-dwelling animals. That meant taking the "Better Bag Challenge" — committing to abstaining from plastic bags for a year in order to help reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Selling the concept were zoo staff from the aquarium and the conservation department who mingled with guests. 

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Robert Mondavi provided the liquids that fueled the fun and the enthusiasm for the raffle, which included a painting by the Houston Zoo's resident artist octopus.

Who: Sam Cole, Marie Newton, Selena Sykowski, Carlos Meltzer, Ted Bowen, Kendall and Chris Hanno, Tamar Mendelssohn, Farrah Akhtar, Gray Thornton, Brandon Weinbrenner and Mitchell Greco and Michelle Udayamurthy.