New Mile High Club

The new mile high club? Cloud Nine Lounge lures young professionals, rocks the charity scene

The new mile high club? Cloud Nine Lounge lures young professionals

Marcus Sloan, from left, Shannon Hall, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Marcus Sloan, from left, Shannon Hall, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Camille Zamora, from left, Randall Scarlata, Michael Slattery and Jennifer Walsey at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Camille Zamora, from left, Jennifer Walsey, Michael Slattery and Randall Scarlata at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Rachel Good, from left, Marcus Sloan and Carliss Chatman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Rachel Good, from left, Marcus Sloan and Carliss Chatman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Steven and Heidi Skiff at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Steven and Heidi Skiff at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Tammy Dowe and John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Tammy Dowe and John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Patty and Eric Evans at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Patty and Eric Evans at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Mignon and Kebhara Smith at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Mignon and Kebhara Smith at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Kristine Mills, from left, Kevin and Amy Gordon and Miri Wilkins at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Kristine Mills, from left, Kevin and Amy Gordon and Miri Wilkins at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
John Evatz, from left, Leah Edwards and Ed Chapman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
John Evatz, from left, Leah Edwards and Ed Chapman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Dr. Edwin Cordray and Lisa Ponder at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Dr. Edwin Cordray and Lisa Ponder at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Christian Alvarado, left, and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Christian Alvarado, left, and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Cloud9 Lounge at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party venue crowd
The crowd at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
disco ball blue at Cloud9 at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
The disco ball at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Marcus Sloan, from left, Shannon Hall, Christian Alvarado and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Camille Zamora, from left, Randall Scarlata, Michael Slattery and Jennifer Walsey at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Rachel Good, from left, Marcus Sloan and Carliss Chatman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Steven and Heidi Skiff at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Tammy Dowe and John Evatz at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Patty and Eric Evans at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Mignon and Kebhara Smith at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Kristine Mills, from left, Kevin and Amy Gordon and Miri Wilkins at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
John Evatz, from left, Leah Edwards and Ed Chapman at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Elizabeth and Lou Wilson at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Dr. Edwin Cordray and Lisa Ponder at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Christian Alvarado, left, and Jose Marquez at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party
Cloud9 Lounge at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party venue crowd
disco ball blue at Cloud9 at Bering Omega's Sing for Hope after-party

When guests disembarked from Sarofim Hall after the concert portion of Bering Omega Community Service's "Sing for Hope" gala Saturday at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, they found that the elegant arrangement of tablescapes from the formal dinner, themed "Take Flight," had evanesced into a haute night club complete with swanky leather seating, sparkling disco balls, thump thumping tunes and plenty of dry ice fog to rouse even the most conservative types to bust a move on the dance floor.

Silently working behind the scenes was an army of event planners that surprised black tie party goers. And that's exactly what after party chairs Christian Alvarado and José Marquez had in mind when planning this swift and covert décor switch, dubbed "Cloud Nine Lounge."

Think plush white love seats, iridescent high tables, video projections, silver vintage airplane centerpieces that orbited electronically, transparent walls brimming with help-yourself hazelnut truffle and tres leches pipettes (hors d'oeuvres) and make-your-own cocktail bars stocked with Bombay Sapphire gin poison. The signature cocktail, the mile high? Irresistible.

Chef David Cordúa, who was honored with his parents, Lucia and Michael Cordúa, kept the food coming with endless trays of  light bites that included bacon-wrapped dates, chicken croquettes and little spinach empanadas.

DJ Danny B spun just the right tracks to encourage many ladies and gents, who were joined by the after party young professional crowd, to stay up way past bed time.

Letting loose alongside president Dan Snare and VP of resource development Elizabeth Wilson were Paul Pettie, Deborah Elias, Jeff Shell, Jeff Hoffman, Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer, Rachel Good, Carliss Chatman, Heidi and Steven Skiff, Patty and Eric Evans, Mignon and Kebharu Smith, Kevin and Amy Gordon, Miri Wilkins, Leah Edwards, Ed Chapman, Dr. Edwin Cordray and Lisa Ponder.

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