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Party with a purpose: Houston's Top Texans Under 30 celebrated at splashy CultureMap Social

Socials party with a purpose to celebrate H-Town's Top Texans Under 30

CultureMap Socials are always lively affairs. But with Houston's Top Texans Under 30 as the guests of honor, the good times rolled in more ways than one at this party with a purpose at West Ave.

All six Houstonians beamed as they each received a glass trophy and huge applause from the audience of family, friends and CultureMap readers who regularly attend the quarterly socials. The Houston honorees are Andyshea Saberioon and Ricky Johnson, co-founders of PledgeCents; Dr. Dakota Carter, founder of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School; Decode Digital founder Kathleen Perley; Mariame Aana, supervising attorney for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; and KIPP Houston High School principal Mohamad Maarouf.

Top Texans Under 30, created by CultureMap to salute twentysomething trailblazers who are making things happen across the state — and, in some cases, the world — is honoring 26 individuals in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio in this inaugural celebration.

The party was so high-spirited that, while presenting the awards,CultureMap network editor-in-chief Jennifer Chininis had to good-naturedly shush the boisterous crowd to focus their attention on the honorees.

The CultureMap crew, led by network marketing director Jessica Baldwin, and the Tootsies team, led by Shelley Taylor Ludwick, gave the store an extra party vibe by removing the glass product cases in the middle of the store to create a open space where DJ Senega spun tunes while an instructor from Revolution Studio cycled to the beat of the music.

Flor, Azur West, Stash, Milk + Honey Spa, and other tenants from West Ave, which sponsored the event, provided displays as guests sampled light bites from Cru, Eddie V’s, and Del Frisco’s Grille and emptied the dessert bar, featuring champagne and cake balls from Ann Sacks. They also devoured treats from Petite Sweets, courtesy of Dr. Roth, and slaked their thirst with beer from Alaska Brewing Co. and a Woodford Reserve whisky tasting hosted by Suitsupply.

Guests also had the opportunity to have a session with numerology reader Melaine Hogan and go home with a custom-made terrarium, courtesy of Pop Shop America.

Red Bull Flying Bach, the high-flying breakdance troupe that will be performing at the Hobby Center on January 20-22, also thrilled the crowd with an impromptu performance that had the dancers spinning on the marble floor.

Tickets sales from the Social will be given to nonprofit charities selected by the Houston Top Texan Under 30 recipients.

Seen in the crowd were Holly Alvis, Kaitlin Saraguna, Maximiliano Degwitz, Sarah Baker, Tarra Gaines, Jessica Goldman, Krystal Finch, Ronke Amubieya, Meagan Thomason, Cary Pratka, Rebecca Lu, Nadine Chen, Natalia Cuenca, Sheila Shtephani, Whitney Wolff, Elizabeth Shafer, Sarah Baker, Ashley Trauer, Karena Zolner, and Zak Nave.

Also enjoying the fun were Zainab Ghwari, Kathy Baba, Ethan Cavender, Krysten Keffer, James Kelso, Bahiyyih Autry, Cooper Gouge, Maggie Gomez, Mallary Lattanze, Angie Jones, Nick Becraft, Kathleen Perley, Kelli Krenik, and Allyson Johnson.

CultureMap Social Houston Maximiliano Degwitz, Kaitlin Saraguna, Andyshea Saberioon, Holly Alvis
Holly Alvis, right, and Kaitlin Saraguna take a selfie. In the background are Maximiliano Degwitz and Andyshea Saberioon. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Ricky Johnson, Mariame Aana, Andyshea Saberioon, Dakota Carter, Kathleen Perley, Mohamad Maarouf at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Top Texans Under 30 honorees Ricky Johnson, Mariame Aana, Andyshea Saberioon, Dakota Carter, Kathleen Perley, and Mohamad Maarouf. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Red Bull Flying Bach at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
The Red Bull Flying Bach troupe made a special appearance. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
CultureMap Social Houston  Krystal Finch, Ronke Amubieya
Krystal Finch, Ronke Amubieya. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Whitney Wolff, Elizabeth Shafer, Ashley Trauer at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Under 30
Whitney Wolff, Elizabeth Shafer, Ashley Trauer. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Bahiyyih Autry, Cooper Gouge, Maggie Gomez, Mallary Lattanze at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
 Bahiyyih Autry, Cooper Gouge, Maggie Gomez, Mallary Lattanze © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Rebecca Lu, Nadine Chen
Rebecca Lu, Nadine Chen. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Meagan Thomason, Cary Pratka
 Meagan Thomason, Cary Pratka. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Andyshea Saberioon, Ricky Johnson CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Top Texans Under 30 honorees Andyshea Saberioon and Ricky Johnson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Ethan Cavender, Krysten Keffer, James Kelso at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Ethan Cavender, Krysten Keffer, James Kelso. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
 Zainab Ghwari, Kathy Baba at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Zainab Ghwari, Kathy Baba. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Angie Jones, Nick Becraft, Kathleen Perley, Kelli Krenik at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
 Angie Jones, Nick Becraft, Kathleen Perley, Kelli Krenik. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Karena Zolner, Zak Nave at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Karena Zolner, Zak Nave. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Natalia Cuenca, Sheila Shtephani at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
 Natalia Cuenca, Sheila Shtephani. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans  Allyson Johnson
Allyson Johnson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
CultureMap Social Houston Maximiliano Degwitz, Kaitlin Saraguna, Andyshea Saberioon, Holly Alvis
Ricky Johnson, Mariame Aana, Andyshea Saberioon, Dakota Carter, Kathleen Perley, Mohamad Maarouf at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Red Bull Flying Bach at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
CultureMap Social Houston  Krystal Finch, Ronke Amubieya
Whitney Wolff, Elizabeth Shafer, Ashley Trauer at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Under 30
Bahiyyih Autry, Cooper Gouge, Maggie Gomez, Mallary Lattanze at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Rebecca Lu, Nadine Chen
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans Meagan Thomason, Cary Pratka
Andyshea Saberioon, Ricky Johnson CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Ethan Cavender, Krysten Keffer, James Kelso at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
 Zainab Ghwari, Kathy Baba at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Angie Jones, Nick Becraft, Kathleen Perley, Kelli Krenik at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Karena Zolner, Zak Nave at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
Natalia Cuenca, Sheila Shtephani at CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans
CultureMap Houston Social Top Texans  Allyson Johnson