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Hip Houstonians heat up a cool night at CultureMap's Pink Party

Hip Houstonians heat up a cool night at CultureMap's Pink Party

Think Pink Party West Ave Arrive
Taylor Savoie, Carrie Lynch, Natasha Taylor, Renee Palisi, and John Newinn. Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave michelle hart Michelle baten Delaney tobin
Michelle Hart, Michelle Baten, and Delaney Tobin. Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Jacob frazelle. Stefanie frazelle.
Jacob and Stefanie Frazelle.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Jeremiah gowen. Nicholas sinopoli. CJ joiner. Bryan turner.
Jeremiah Gowen, Nicholas Sinopoli, CJ Joiner, and Bryan Turner.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Amanda eccles. Tami. Ashely laws. Neda tabrizi. Andrea rush.
Amanda Eccles, Tami, Ashely Laws, Neda Tabrizi, and Andrea Rush.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West AveChelsea Nguyen. Crystal morris. Graham. Marianna prieto. Layal elsaadi.
Chelsea Nguyen, Crystal Morris, Graham McKernan, Marianna Prieto, and Layal Elsaadi.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Justin baptiste. Michelle stanley. Lloyd wills. Terrance baptiste.
Justin Baptiste, Michelle Stanley, Lloyd Wills, and Terrance Baptiste. Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave  Laura Beavers. Stefanie Walker. Shannon Dawson.
Laura Beavers, Stefanie Walker, and Shannon Dawson.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Marissa Lucas, Jake Watts, and Judith Goode
Marissa Lucas, Jake Watts, and Judith Goode.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave crowd
Partiers mingled, sipped, and watched the Astros.  Photo by Judith Goode
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Frost
Houstonians think pink and frost it forward. Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave floral
The Pink Party in full bloom. Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Pink Party 2018 West Ave welcome
Pink Partiers donated to a worthy cause. 
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Cru
A bubbly good time.  Photo by Alexander's Portraits
Think Pink Party West Ave Arrive
Pink Party 2018 West Ave michelle hart Michelle baten Delaney tobin
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Jacob frazelle. Stefanie frazelle.
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Jeremiah gowen. Nicholas sinopoli. CJ joiner. Bryan turner.
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Amanda eccles. Tami. Ashely laws. Neda tabrizi. Andrea rush.
Pink Party 2018 West AveChelsea Nguyen. Crystal morris. Graham. Marianna prieto. Layal elsaadi.
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Justin baptiste. Michelle stanley. Lloyd wills. Terrance baptiste.
Pink Party 2018 West Ave  Laura Beavers. Stefanie Walker. Shannon Dawson.
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Marissa Lucas, Jake Watts, and Judith Goode
Pink Party 2018 West Ave crowd
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Frost
Pink Party 2018 West Ave floral
Pink Party 2018 West Ave welcome
Pink Party 2018 West Ave Cru

Taking a page out of the Houston Astros #NeverSettle playbook, Houstonians braved the elements to mix and mingle, cheer on the Astros, and support a noble cause at The Pink Party.

More than 400 stylish locals — undeterred by the chance of light showers — turned up for the open-air party at Shops at Arrive (formerly West Avenue). The annual October soiree, sponsored by CultureMap, raises funds and awareness for breast cancer; this year’s event also highlighted the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Dozens of Houston’s most dashing gentlemen have each committed to raising a minimum of $2,500 towards breast cancer research for The American Cancer Society.

Happy to hop on the theme, locals donned cool and hot shades of pink, posed on the red carpet, strolled the lush, pink party plaza, and snapped selfies at the photo booth. Hordes of Astros fans huddled around the big screen TVs showcasing the clutch ALCS showdown with the Boston Red Sox. Playoff anxieties were helped along by libations courtesy of Wheatley Vodka, plus vino from Union Wine Company and Cru Wine Bar.

Partygoers danced to the DJ’s tunes and nibbled on bites from Eddie V's, Dolce Bacio, Pondicheri, Tiff's Treats, KICPOPS, and more. Those taking a break from the game strolled the plaza and perused the offering from Shops retailers including Tootsies, Suitsupply, Ann Sacks, Casa Houston, Charles Weiss, Dr. Forrest Roth, Azur Salon, Carlo Chiocchio, Picked Flower Co., and others.

Real Men Wear Pink co-chair Ben Rose (he’s chairing with his mother-in-law Leisa Holland-Nelson) recognized Real Men stalwarts including Gow Media CEO David Gow, Channel 2’s Andy Cerota, KRBE’s Freddy Cruz, The American Cancer Society’s Dan D’Armond, Peter Remington, Joe Francisco, Bruce Padilla, Mike Rosenbaum, and Steve Winter. Never afraid of a big ask, Rose even joked that the dapper Remington would be auctioned off to hit the Real Men goal of $150,000 (the group is already nearing the finish line). Spurred on by Rose and Cruz, the enthusiastic crowd was eager to make impromptu donations.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this campaign,” Cerota told CultureMap. “It’s so  important to raise awareness about breast cancer. Someone you know — a family member, a friend, a coworker a — is affected by this disease.” D’Armond agreed: “This is a chance for guys to show the women in their life that they should get screened for breast cancer. But guys can get breast cancer too, so we want awareness for everyone, and have men start a dialogue with their doctor about their overall health.”

The Astros may not have come away with a win, but with its friendly weather, chic style, and vivacious vibe, the Pink Party was a huge victory for everyone supporting Real Men Wear Pink and breast cancer awareness.

Partiers thinking pink included Ben and Laura Rose; David Gow; Andy Cerota; Peter Remington; Freddy Cruz; Mick and Ellie Francisco; Joe Francisco; and fiancée, Nicki Erickson; Laura Beavers; Lisa GochmanDr. Forrest Roth, and a hip, haute Houston crowd.