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Houston young professionals honor Barbara Bush with storybook bash

Houston young professionals honor Barbara Bush with storybook bash

Jungle Book Gala 2019 Nick Carnrite and Kasey McNorton with Lauren and Lawson Gow
Nick Carnrite and Kasey McNorton with Lauren and Lawson Gow. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Mason Barker, Meredith Flores, Kyle Bennett, and Robby Derrick
Mason Barker, Meredith Flores, Kyle Bennett, and Robby Derrick. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Clark Fiedler and Peyton Maddox
Clark Fiedler and Peyton Maddox. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Adrian and Ashley Peterson
Adrian and Ashley Peterson. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Angela O'Pry and Kimberly Roland
Angela O'Pry and Kimberly Roland. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Emily Smith and Heather Duval
Emily Smith and Heather Duval. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Whitney Mercilus, Julie Finck, and Chester Pitts
Whitney Mercilus, Julie Finck, and Chester Pitts. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger, Amy and Kyle McCully
Cameron Stubbs and Morgan Stautzenberger with Amy and Kyle McCully. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Ashton and Dallas Garrison
Ashton and Dallas Garrison. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Allison and Preston Schulze
Allison and Preston Schulze. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Alexa Bode and Samantha Averett
Alexa Bode and Samantha Averett. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Tom and Grace Gosnell
Tom and Grace Gosnell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Devin Sauer and Lindsey Koszela
Devin Sauer and Lindsey Koszela. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Trish, Katherine, and Rock Morille
Trish, Katherine, and Rock Morille. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Ruben Galvan
Ruben Galvan (center).  Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Mary Lyke and Scott Lockhart
Mary Lyke and Scott Lockhart. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Jeff Carnrite and Joselyn Tego
 Jeff Carnrite and Joselyn Tego. Photo by Michelle Watson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Nick Carnrite and Kasey McNorton with Lauren and Lawson Gow
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Mason Barker, Meredith Flores, Kyle Bennett, and Robby Derrick
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Clark Fiedler and Peyton Maddox
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Adrian and Ashley Peterson
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Angela O'Pry and Kimberly Roland
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Emily Smith and Heather Duval
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Whitney Mercilus, Julie Finck, and Chester Pitts
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Cameron Stubbs, Morgan Stautzenberger, Amy and Kyle McCully
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Ashton and Dallas Garrison
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Allison and Preston Schulze
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Alexa Bode and Samantha Averett
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Tom and Grace Gosnell
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Devin Sauer and Lindsey Koszela
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Trish, Katherine, and Rock Morille
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Ruben Galvan
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Mary Lyke and Scott Lockhart
Jungle Book Gala 2019 Jeff Carnrite and Joselyn Tego

Call it one for the books: The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation Young Professionals presented an exquisite fifth annual Jungle Book Gala all in the name of literacy at The Revaire. The vibrant evening was hosted by emcee Ruben Galvan and chairs Amy and Kyle McCully, Morgan Stautzenberger, and Cameron Stubbs.

Guests in jewel tones and animal print were greeted at this year’s soirée with auction tables grand enough to make Houston’s 1970’s society matrons blush. Items included top-shelf whiskey, French-pink rosé, luxe vacation packages for stays in Florida and Argentina, and complimentary classes to Houston’s hottest fitness studios — including Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle. The grand raffle prize highlighted a stunning diamond with a $1,000 gift certificate for design setting services from Tego Jewelers.

The ballroom featured captivating aerial artists, capuchin monkeys, a mesmerizing yellow snake, and a charming backdrop for photo opportunities. Attendees were treated to an open bar, hors d’œuvres by A Fare Extraordinaire, and live music by Austin’s award-winning Matchmaker Band.

Foundation co-founders Maria and Neil Bush took to the stage to present the inaugural Childhood Literacy Impact Award to Betty Hrncir for her outstanding dedication to childhood literacy and instrumental role in forming the Ladies for Literacy Guild.

Since its inception in 2014, the Young Professionals Group has implemented vital programs that make a notable difference in the lives of Houston’s disadvantaged families. Activities and programs include the Mentor Program, Read Aloud Month, and Tacky Sweater Party, and Book Drive.

Following the award presentation, Cameron Stubbs took a moment to acknowledge the support from this year’s crowd and exceptional sponsors. “It’s truly amazing to see what this event has become, and so many people have made this possible,” said Stubbs. “We are all here for a cause that runs deeper than just this night.”

The Carnrite Group served as the evening’s title sponsor for the second year in a row, with additional support provided by Stavis & Cohen Financial and P2 Energy.

Kyle McCully urged party-goers to view their donations as an investment in Houston’s future. “Every dollar you give tonight goes to support literally programs for underserved children in our city. You could be educating the next great educator, Nobel laureate, or even the President of the United States.”

Spotted in the crowd: Julie and Ron Finck, Betty and John Hrncir, Whitney Mercilus, Ashley and Adrian Peterson, Marshall Bush, Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush, Al Carnrite, Jeff Carnrite and Joselyn Tego, Nick Carnrite and Kasey McNorton, Chester Pitts, Meredith Flores and Mason Barker, Lisa and Mark Jakel, Deborah and Dr. Monte Stavis, Emily Smith, Victoria Villarreal, Tom and Grace Gosnell, Heather Duval, Aubrey and Peyton Leatherman, Alexa Bode, Allison and Preston Schultze, Lauren and Lawson Gow, Mitchell and Brooke Eads, Devon Sauer and Lindsey Koszela, and Kayla and Rory Tolunay.