Mayor Throws Bday Party

Houston mayor and her partner throw an elaborate birthday party for a power player at their historic home

Houston mayor and her partner throw elaborate birthday party for VIP

14 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Cindy Clifford at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Cindy Clifford. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Jason Fuller, left, and Padraig Drennan at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Jason Fuller, left, and Padraig Drennan. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Steve Lasher and Janiece Longoria at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Steve Lasher and Janiece Longoria. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Jerry and Rachel Davis at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Jerry and Rachel Davis. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Miya Shay, from left, Kathy Hubbard and Mary Benton at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Miya Shay, from left, Kathy Hubbard and Mary Benton. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Dr. Penelope Gonzales Marks, from left, Lester Marks and Mayor Annise Parker at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Dr. Penelope Gonzales Marks and Lester Marks, from left, with Mayor Annise Parker. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Doug Parker and Diane Barber at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Doug Parker and Diane Barber. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Sylvester Turner, from left, Gilbert Garcia, Cindy Clifford and Dr. Dee Dee Garcia at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Sylvester Turner, from left, Gilbert Garcia, Cindy Clifford and Dr. Dee Dee Garcia. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Kathy Hubbard and Rudy Rasmus at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
Kathy Hubbard and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Cindy Clifford at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
6 Jason Fuller, left, and Padraig Drennan at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
9 Steve Lasher and Janiece Longoria at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
13 Jerry and Rachel Davis at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
3 Miya Shay, from left, Kathy Hubbard and Mary Benton at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
11 Dr. Penelope Gonzales Marks, from left, Lester Marks and Mayor Annise Parker at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
7 Doug Parker and Diane Barber at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
5 Sylvester Turner, from left, Gilbert Garcia, Cindy Clifford and Dr. Dee Dee Garcia at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014
1 Kathy Hubbard and Rudy Rasmus at Cindy Clifford's birthday bash November 2014

Strategic marketing specialist Cindy Clifford is a gal that gets around, working behind the scenes to make things happen for her influential clients. Almost daily, she power lunches at La Griglia and a couple of times each year she parties like a rock star.

Her recent birthday was no exception when the welcome mat went out at the historic Westmoreland home of Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard as 150 movers and shakers, media forces and politicos poured in for the classic Cindy celebration. For starters, there was Port of Houston chair Janiece Longoria, Metro chairman Gilbert Garcia, State Rep. Sylvester Turner and City Council members Jerry Davis and Michael Kubosh.

 That was the I.J. Gosey Band that kept the crowd dancing well after the official nite-nite hour. 

While Parker and Hubbard opened their door for the bash, it was Clifford and her BFF Jason Fuller who shopped around town picking up take-out fare from the birthday girl's favorite eateries including Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown, Kim Son, French Gourmet Bakery and Paulie's. 

"Great friends, lots of politicos, amazing food, perfect weather and a super band is the winning combo for a fun birthday," Clifford said. "It sure makes getting a bit older a lot less painful!"

That was the I.J. Gosey Band that kept the crowd dancing well after the official nite-nite hour.

Among those friends were World Duty Free CEO Padraig Drennan, who flew in from Washington D.C. as a surprise, plus auto dealer Jay Marks and wife Shirley, Steve Lasher, engineering guru Wayne Klotz, Fulbright & Jaworski partner Neil Thomas and wife Kris, HOK's senior veep Jay Tatum, State Rep. Gene Wu and Channel 13 newswoman Miya Shay and art collectors Dr. Penelope and Lester Marks.