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115 Lily Jang, left, and Michele Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
KHOU news anchor Lily Jang, left, and Indy 500 driver Michele Bumgarner headline the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
150 A.J. Santos, from left, Nick Smith, Aditi Nayar and Jordan Witherspoon at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
A.J. Santos, from left, Nick Smith, Aditi Nayar and Jordan Witherspoon at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
296 Tina Ho and Gordon Quan at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Tina Ho and Gordon Quan at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
454 Laurette Canzares, from left, Jackie Limbaugh and Roberto Castillo at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Laurette Canzares, from left, Jackie Limbaugh and Roberto Castillo at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
204 John Bradshaw Jr., left, and Travis Jenner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
John Bradshaw Jr., left, and Travis Jenner at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
383 Carolina Diaz, from left, Caroline Ortego, Robbie Carman and Meha Gargi at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Carolina Diaz, from left, Caroline Ortego, Robbie Carman and Meha Gargi at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
14 Henry Yau, from left, Erika Yanez and Ed Bermudiz at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Henry Yau, from left, Erika Yanez and Ed Bermudiz at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
398 Rishi Singh, left, with Poonam and Jagdeep Chadha at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Rishi Singh, from left, with Poonam and Jagdeep Chadha at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
179 Kofi Burney, from left, Tu Dao and Josh Zulu at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Kofi Burney, from left, Tu Dao and Josh Zulu at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
171 Tess Tuazon, from left, Anthony Guervara, LeeAnne Nash and Lee Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Tess Tuazon, from left, Anthony Guervara, LeeAnne Nash and Lee Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
112 Eva Sagisaka, from left, Kris Teng, Tina Zulu and Robbie Carman at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Eva Sagisaka, from left, Kris Teng, Tina Zulu and Robbie Carman at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
8 Michele Bumgarner, left, and Monette Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
Michele Bumgarner, left, and Monette Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
115 Lily Jang, left, and Michele Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
150 A.J. Santos, from left, Nick Smith, Aditi Nayar and Jordan Witherspoon at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
296 Tina Ho and Gordon Quan at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
454 Laurette Canzares, from left, Jackie Limbaugh and Roberto Castillo at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
204 John Bradshaw Jr., left, and Travis Jenner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
383 Carolina Diaz, from left, Caroline Ortego, Robbie Carman and Meha Gargi at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
14 Henry Yau, from left, Erika Yanez and Ed Bermudiz at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
398 Rishi Singh, left, with Poonam and Jagdeep Chadha at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
179 Kofi Burney, from left, Tu Dao and Josh Zulu at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
171 Tess Tuazon, from left, Anthony Guervara, LeeAnne Nash and Lee Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
112 Eva Sagisaka, from left, Kris Teng, Tina Zulu and Robbie Carman at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013
8 Michele Bumgarner, left, and Monette Bumgarner at the Leo Bar relaunch party October 2013

Taking a break from her spins around the track at the Houston Grand Prix, race car driver Michele Bumgarner ditched her firesuit, put on a sleek party dress and headed to the Asia Society Texas Center for the season launch of Leo Bar. 

Aiming to become the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500, the Filipina racing wonder shared her personal story and aspirations in an interview format with KHOU Channel 11 news anchor Lily Jang. She credited her supportive family (her mother is a Filipina, her father American) and the support of the Philippines, her home country, with her success. 

Even her brother has influenced Bumgarner, who allowed that her cocktail dress was designed by Mark Bumgarner, a Filipino fashion phenom.

The gathering was a joint project of the center's Young Professionals, Bank of America, Filipino Young Professionals, Philippines America Chamber of Commerce Texas and Zulu Creative to launch to the 2013 season of the Asia Society's Leo Bar. The season continues with quarterly Young Professionals happy hours, the next one scheduled for Dec. 5.

Guests schmoozed to the sounds of DJ Baohous while noshing on East Meets West delights from chef Rishi Singh of event sponsor Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar.

The international mix of guests included Sixto Wagan, Gonzo247, Laurette Canizares, Eva Sagisaka, Anthony Guevara, J. Anthony and Liz Referente, Gordon Quan, A.J. Santos, Nick Smith, Tina Ho, Jackie Limbaugh and Henry Yau.

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