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Fun on the runway: Houston Texans and the Nae Nae add panache to Una Notte in Italia gala

Houston Texans and the Nae Nae add panache to Una Notte in Italia gala

Una Notte in Italia Calvin Schlenker, Jill Schlenker, Melissa Mithoff
Calvin Schlenker, Jill Schlenker, Melissa Mithoff. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Rudy Festari with Houston Texan Alfred Blue and Debbie Festari
Rudy Festari, Houston Texan Alfred Blue, Debbie Festari. Photo by Quy Tran
Una Notte in Italia Charles Clark
Charles Clark. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Audrey Tolle
Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Audrey Tolle. Photo by Quy Tran
Una Notte in Italia Jennifer Brown and Richard Hancock
Jennifer Brown, Richard Hancock. Photo by Quy Tran
Una Notte in Italia Ally and Martijn van Koolwijk with Jasmine Long
Ally van Koolwijk, Martijn van Koolwijk, Jasmine Long. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Cody Soutar, Kristy Phillips, Wedny Phillips, Kent Loftin
Cody Soutar, Kristy Phillips, Wedny Phillips, Kent Loftin. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Gena Barreto, Paul Oates, Marla Oates, Michael Manteris
Gena Barreto, Paul Oates, Marla Oates, Michael Manteris. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Houston Texan Kareem Jackson, Rudy Festari, Houston Texan Andre Hal
Houston Texan Kareem Jackson, Rudy Festari, Houston Texan Andre Hal. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Ben Rose, Laura Max Nelson Rose
Ben Rose, Laura Max Nelson Rose. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Houston Texans Garrett Graham, Ericka Graham
Houston Texans Garrett Graham, Ericka Graham. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Nancy Almodovar and Nicole Lassiter
Nancy Almodovar, Nicole Lassiter. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Megan Sutton Reed, Chris Reed
Megan Sutton Reed, Chris Reed. Photo by Emile Brown
Una Notte in Italia Calvin Schlenker, Jill Schlenker, Melissa Mithoff
Una Notte in Italia Rudy Festari with Houston Texan Alfred Blue and Debbie Festari
Una Notte in Italia Charles Clark
Una Notte in Italia Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Audrey Tolle
Una Notte in Italia Jennifer Brown and Richard Hancock
Una Notte in Italia Ally and Martijn van Koolwijk with Jasmine Long
Una Notte in Italia Cody Soutar, Kristy Phillips, Wedny Phillips, Kent Loftin
Una Notte in Italia Gena Barreto, Paul Oates, Marla Oates, Michael Manteris
Una Notte in Italia Houston Texan Kareem Jackson, Rudy Festari, Houston Texan Andre Hal
Una Notte in Italia Ben Rose, Laura Max Nelson Rose
Una Notte in Italia Houston Texans Garrett Graham, Ericka Graham
Una Notte in Italia Nancy Almodovar and Nicole Lassiter
Una Notte in Italia Megan Sutton Reed, Chris Reed

What: Una Notte in Italia.

Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. 

The 411: More than 600 guests packed the large Galleria-area hotel ballroom for the annual gala that features food and wine with an Italian theme and highlights businessmen, attorneys and athletes in custom-made attire from Festari for Men. As usual, there was also ample opportunity for great people watching, as female attendees pulled out all the stops with body-hugging dresses — the invitation suggested "Elegante" cocktail attire —  and killer shoes.

More than 25 male models rocked the runway to loud applause and bursts of confetti. Friends and family of Martijn Van Koolwijk waved cut-outs of his chiseled face while, on the runway, Charles Clark and Ben Dugger donned sunglasses and Travis Torrence, Chad Zamarin and Chad Pinkerton busted some fine dance moves. Torrence brought down the house with his rendition of the Nae Nae.

Houston Texans Kareem Jackson, Alfred Blue, Garrett Graham and Andre Hal, along with Houston Dynamo Chandler Hoffman, represented the sports contingent.

Among others earning big applause on the runway were Anatol Feygin, James Lassiter, Ajay Khurana, Rocky Mafrige, Bill Toomey, Jonathan Farb, Jeff Abel, Astley Blair, Dr. William Guerra, Richard Hancock, Jack Merriman and Ulises Vidal.

Debbie Festari, the longtime guiding spirit behind the fundraiser, and Channel 2 anchor Dominque Sachse kept a lively running commentary as the men took the runway, while Rudy Festari took a special bow for outfitting each dapper dude.

Channel 2's Andy Cerota led a spirited live auction for packages that included a private dinner with the Houston Texans, a trip to the Napa Valley and a tour of Italy that raised an additional $26,500 for the evening's beneficiary, Bo's Place.

Much of the crowd remained for the after-party in a lounge setting with specialty drinks from Circulo Tequila and non-stop dance music from DJ Senega.

Who: Gala Chairman Eloise Frischkorn Bauer, who was thrilled that the evening took in $350,000 for the non-profit that offers grief support services to children and their families, Joella and Steve Mach, Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Brady and Alexandra Knight, Luba and Alan Bigman, Tiffany and Randall Wong, Susan and Charlie Neuhaus, Claudine and David Hartland, Megan Sutton Reed and Chris Reed, Jill and Calvin Schlenker, Kara Vidal, and Bobby and Lil Newman.

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