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Ted Cruz and Annise Parker dream big at Greater Houston Partnership gala

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8 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Mayor Anise Parker, Cathy Hubbard, Bob Harvey
Mayor Anise Parker, from left, Cathy Hubbard and Bob Harvey at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Leisa Holland Nelson, Robert Davenport and Marie Guillot
Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Robert Davenport and Marie Guillot at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Allan Taylor, Cindy Taylor, Allison Esenkova and Gio Tomasini
Allan and Cindy Taylor, from left, Allison Esenkova and Gio Tomasini at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
21 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Sylia Gallegos, David Cordua
Sylia Gallegos and David Cordua at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Jenn Char, Roland Garcia, Karen Garcia
Jenn Char, from left, with Roland and Karen Garcia at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Anya Marmascak, Brett Robinson
Anya Marmascak and Brett Robinson at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Courtland Crouchet, Rachel Crouchet
Courtland and Rachel Crouchet at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
22 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Olga Daggs, Katia Hadjiyska
Olga Daggs, left, and Katia Hadjiyska at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Jerald Gibbs, Val Gibbs, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
Jerald and Val Gibbs, from left, with Katherine and Paul Murphy at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Farah Wahab, Lindsey Peters
Farah Wahab, left, and Lindsey Peters at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Robin Murray, Steven Murray
Steven and Robin Murray at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Marcus Wilkins, Rakel Wilkins, Anna Scholtes, Bret Scholtes
Marcus and Rakel Wilkins, from left, with Anna and Bret Scholtes at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Masir Khan, Badar Khan, Melinda Reeves, Carol Graebuer
Masir and Badar Khan, from left, Melinda Reeves and Carol Graebuer at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Melinda Werkenthin, Greg Asimakis
Melinda Werkenthin and Greg Asimakis at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 John Beddow, Tina Beddow
John and Tina Beddow at the Greater Houston Partnership Gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Mayor Anise Parker, Cathy Hubbard, Bob Harvey
2 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Leisa Holland Nelson, Robert Davenport and Marie Guillot
1 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Allan Taylor, Cindy Taylor, Allison Esenkova and Gio Tomasini
21 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Sylia Gallegos, David Cordua
9 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Jenn Char, Roland Garcia, Karen Garcia
14 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Anya Marmascak, Brett Robinson
16 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Courtland Crouchet, Rachel Crouchet
22 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Olga Daggs, Katia Hadjiyska
19 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Jerald Gibbs, Val Gibbs, Katherine Murphy, Paul Murphy
17 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Farah Wahab, Lindsey Peters
12 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Robin Murray, Steven Murray
11 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Marcus Wilkins, Rakel Wilkins, Anna Scholtes, Bret Scholtes
10 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Masir Khan, Badar Khan, Melinda Reeves, Carol Graebuer
5 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 Melinda Werkenthin, Greg Asimakis
3 Greater Houston Partnership Gala August 2013 John Beddow, Tina Beddow

The multiple facets of Houston's international community and the city's cultural diversity resonated through the ballroom and adjacent salons of Hotel ZaZa with a cornucopia of sights, sounds and tastes Saturday night when the Greater Houston Partnership hosted its annual gala, this year themed "Dream Big." And then there was the political element.

While the 600 cocktail-attired guests, a number in their national dress, strolled the various venues sampling the cuisines of Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Australia and the South Pacific, there was a certain amount of politicking to be done. Albeit divergent camps were involved.

Would-be presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz made his way through the throng while Mayor Annise Parker, her hat firmly in the ring for a third term, rubbed elbows with notables at the VIP reception.

The political mix played to the evening's theme of celebrating diversity and surely intrigued members of the Consular Corps, who were honored guests.

Taking bows for the event's success were gala committee chair Allison Esenkova, honorary chair Cindy Tayor and host committee chair Leisa Holland-Nelson.

Savoring the international flavors were Greater Houston Partnership president and CEO Bob Harvey, Direct Energy CEO Badar Kahn, PFK's Karen Love, Tina and John Beddow, Karen and Roland Garcia, Jenn Char, Masir Khan, Robin and Steven Murray and Sylia Gallegos with David Cordua.

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