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Boisterous crowd celebrates launch of SportsMap.com at blowout bash

Boisterous crowd celebrates launch of SportsMap.com at blowout bash

Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017,  Lane Craft, Chita Craft
Lane Craft, Chita Craft. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, David Russell, Butch Alsandor, Joel Blank, Mike Guest
David Russell, Butch Alsandor, Joel Blank, Mike Guest. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
SportsMap launch party, Esmeralda Perez, David Gow, Craig Larson, October 2017
Esmeralda Perez, David Gow, Craig Larson Jr. Photo by Smilebooth
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Megan Bailey, Tijuana Harvey
Megan Bailey, Tijuana Harvey.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Lee Ellis, Charlie Epps, Graham McKernan, Nick Scurfield
Lee Ellis, Charlie Epps, Graham McKernan, Nick Scurfield. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Rashi Vats, Daniel Gotera
Rashi Vats, Daniel Gotera.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017,  Myndi Luevano, Claudia Soileau, Nelly Gonzalez
Myndi Luevano, Claudia Soileau, Nelly Gonzalez.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Anna Navaro, Charlie Pallilo
Anna Navaro, Charlie Pallilo.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Franky Cardona
Franky Cardona. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Jennifer Muller, Brandon Strange
Jennifer Muller, Brandon Strange. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Eva Garcia, Hector Garcia
Eva Garcia, Hector Garcia. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Robin Carlin, Kyle Martens
Robin Carlin, Kyle Martens.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Nick Scurfield, Marcy de Luna, Lane Craft, Chita Craft, Brittaney Wilmore
Nick Scurfield, Marcy de Luna, Lane Craft, Chita Craft, Brittaney Wilmore.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, ESPN 97.5 sports reporters
ESPN 97.5 sports reporters, Tyler Scott, A.J. Hoffman and SportsMap editor-in-chief Fred Faour, broadcast live from Hotel ZaZa Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, DJ Senega
DJ Senega.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Sam Windsor, Becca Windsor
Sam Windsor, Becca Windsor. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, outside at Monarch
Mingling outside at Hotel ZaZa.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Franky Cardona, Jennifer Cardona
Franky Cardona, Jennifer Cardona.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, J.J. Watt by Franky Cardona
 J.J. Watt by Franky Cardona. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, SportsMap koozies
SportsMap koozies. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam Photography
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017,  Lane Craft, Chita Craft
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, David Russell, Butch Alsandor, Joel Blank, Mike Guest
SportsMap launch party, Esmeralda Perez, David Gow, Craig Larson, October 2017
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Megan Bailey, Tijuana Harvey
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Lee Ellis, Charlie Epps, Graham McKernan, Nick Scurfield
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Rashi Vats, Daniel Gotera
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017,  Myndi Luevano, Claudia Soileau, Nelly Gonzalez
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Anna Navaro, Charlie Pallilo
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Franky Cardona
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Jennifer Muller, Brandon Strange
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Eva Garcia, Hector Garcia
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Robin Carlin, Kyle Martens
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Nick Scurfield, Marcy de Luna, Lane Craft, Chita Craft, Brittaney Wilmore
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, ESPN 97.5 sports reporters
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, DJ Senega
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Sam Windsor, Becca Windsor
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, outside at Monarch
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, Franky Cardona, Jennifer Cardona
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, J.J. Watt by Franky Cardona
Houston, SportsMap launch party, October 2017, SportsMap koozies

A few hours after the official launch of SportsMap, a by-invitation-only crowd of 150 gathered for a blowout bash at Hotel ZaZa Thursday night. They toasted the new new sports website, which promises "all sports all the time" in a digital format. 

The party, sponsored by CultureMap and ESPN 9.75 FM, spilled out from the hotel's Monarch restaurant into the outdoor area, where DJ Senega’s hot spins set the lively tone as guests took a swing at mini golf and got a real-time view of the work of Franky Cardona, the artist who created the Astros street art display at Home Run Alley at Minute Maid Park. Cardona created a one-of-a-kind painting of Texans star J.J. Watt as guests watched and marveled.

Guests also posed for step-and-repeat photos by Smilebooth, and enjoyed an array of hors d'oeuvres and free-flowing drinks, including ice-cold Coors Light beers and two signature cocktails: The All Star, made with tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, and agave nectar, and The End Zone, stirred with lemon juice, simple syrup and a hit of gin.

SportsMap, featuring a variety of written, video, and audio content covering Houston's sports scene, is the latest addition to owner Gow Media's fast-growing multi-platform business ventures, which also include CultureMap, ESPN 97.5 FM, SportsMap 94.1 FM, the SBNation national radio network, PodcastArena, and Gow Media Audio Publishing, an audiobook hosting site.

Joining in the celebration were Gow Media CEO David Gow, Texas Monthly owner Paul Hobby and his wife Janet, SportsMap editor-in-chief Fred Faour, CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, KHOU11 sports reporter Daniel Gotera and his wife, Fox 26 anchor/reporter Rashi Vats, KHOU11 meteorologist Chita Craft and her husband Lane, Butch Alsandor, and Nick Scurfield.

Also spotted in the crowd were Mike McGuff, Tijuana Harvey, Cherry Pie Hospitality’s Lee Ellis, Brittaney Wilmore, Kevin Cooper, Jerry Flores, Gerard Torres, Lawson Gow, Graham McKernan, Jennifer Muller, Brandon Strange, Patrick Dugan, Mark Toon, Julie Griffin, Andy Martinand Leisa Holland-Nelson. 

On-air personalities from the Gow Media sports family on hand included Charlie Pallilo, A.J. Hoffman, Charlie Epps (aka "The Golf Doctor"), Joel Blank, and Robin Carlin.