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Young professionals party at an adult carnival: A clown and beer set a unique mood

Young professionals party at adult carnival: A clown who loves beer?

2536 Michael Martinez, from left, Anna Lyssa Cuevas, Sofia Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Ali Henderson and Ryan Mullings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Michael Martinez, from left, Anna Lyssa Cuevas, Sofia Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Ali Henderson and Ryan Mullings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2554 Eliza Wright, from left, Doug Steimle and Lee Mimms at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Eliza Wright, from left, Doug Steimle and Lee Mimms at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2555 Allie and Eric Danziger at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Allie and Eric Danziger at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2566 Mike Collier, from left, Katie Chachere and  Marc Eichenbaum at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Mike Collier, from left, Katie Chachere and Marc Eichenbaum at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2534 Tala Hariri, from left, Rebecca Cantu, Amit Mehta, Analisa Warren and Allyson Clifton at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Tala Hariri, from left, Rebecca Cantu, Dr. Amit Mehta, Analisa Warren and Allyson Clifton at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2541 Bill Cornelius, from left, Amy Sarazen, Whitney Wright, Gretchen Bieber and Cotton Clark at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Bill Cornelius, from left, Amy Sarazen, Whitney Wright, Gretchen Bieber and Cotton Clark at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2538 Jessica Badger, from left, Allisa Hicks and Megan Goings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Jessica Badger, from left, Allisa Hicks and Megan Goings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2531 Mike Olive, left, with Stacy and Jason Johnson at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Mike Olive, left, with Stacy and Jason Johnson at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2513 Sarah and Josh Fischer, from left, Wesley Wilder, Mandi Lewis and Shea Jeffring at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
Sarah and Josh Fischer, from left, Wesley Wilder, Mandi Lewis and Shea Jeffring at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo courtesy of Meredith Flaherty Photography
2536 Michael Martinez, from left, Anna Lyssa Cuevas, Sofia Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Ali Henderson and Ryan Mullings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2554 Eliza Wright, from left, Doug Steimle and Lee Mimms at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2555 Allie and Eric Danziger at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2566 Mike Collier, from left, Katie Chachere and  Marc Eichenbaum at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2534 Tala Hariri, from left, Rebecca Cantu, Amit Mehta, Analisa Warren and Allyson Clifton at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2541 Bill Cornelius, from left, Amy Sarazen, Whitney Wright, Gretchen Bieber and Cotton Clark at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2538 Jessica Badger, from left, Allisa Hicks and Megan Goings at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2531 Mike Olive, left, with Stacy and Jason Johnson at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole
2513 Sarah and Josh Fischer, from left, Wesley Wilder, Mandi Lewis and Shea Jeffring at the Friends of DePelchin Fall Carnival at Jackson's Watering Hole

A cloudless sky as big as Texas, gentle autumnal breezes and ever flowing suds on tap. The elements — and yes, that includes the beer — couldn't have been any more perfect for the good-natured ensemble of 150 young professionals that gathered at Jackson's Watering Hole recently.

Friends of DePelchin Children's Center bedecked the ice house with brightly colored trimmings to bring to mind a fall carnival ambiance complete with Twilight Your Clown, a balloon artist who crafted flowers, hats and cutesy accessories worn by guests throughout the evening.

While the generous spread of finger foods courtesy of Kroger, La Madeleine and Bowl and a silent auction that included sports packages donated by the Houston Dynamo, a wine basket from Houston Wine Merchant and a beauty bundle from Craft Salon and Style Bar kept the genial throng in good spirits, board chair Eliza Wright and chair-elect Jessica Gonzalez seized the opportunity to collect household contributions for DePelchin's new Transitional Living Program, a recently launched initiative that supports young adults ages 18 to 22 who have aged out of the foster care system.

Items such as sheets, comforters, pillows, towels, storage drawers and hangers can be dropped off by appointment at DePelchin Children's Center through Nov. 22.

Unwinding with advancement coordinator Julia S. Taliaferro and public relations manager Analisa Warren were Sarah and Josh Fischer, Wesley Wilder, Mandi Lewis, Shea Jeffring, Rebecca Cantu and Tala Hariri, Dr. Amit Mehta, Allyson Clifton, Allie and Eric Danziger, Mike Collier, Katie Chachere, Marc Eichenbaum, Doug Steimle, Orel Shoham and Lee Mimms.