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Kirstin Ericson, left, James Zafereo and Nicole Bertran at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash, held at Jackson's Watering Hole. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013, Maggie Watson, Margaret Crowson, Kendall Jenkins, Amy Skleton
Maggie Watson, from left, Margaret Crowson, Kendall Jenkins and Amy Skelton at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Stacy and John Andell at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Jimmy Diaz and Cara Merryman at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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The Texans Pep Drum Line make a noisy appearance at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Jed English and Hannah Holmes at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Divya Brown, left, Jason Aron, DJ Kalkutta at the Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Preston Luster and Carry Carson at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Leslie Liles and James Gietz at the Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Erika, left, Corey Lacly and Claire Deroode at the Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Farrah Akhtar, left, Thomas Pepper and Lauren Soliz at the Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Chaat the Don't Stop Believin' bash.rlotte Moss and Derrick Roach  Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Richard Zientek, from left, Leslie Zientek, Lauren Soliz and Chris Canonico at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Juana Estrada, left, and Julie Gore at the final Don't Stop Believin' bash. Photo by Chinh Phan/FotoWerk Group
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Don't Stop Believing_December 2013, Maggie Watson, Margaret Crowson, Kendall Jenkins, Amy Skleton
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Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Jimmy Diaz and Cara Merryman
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Don't Stop Believing_December 2013, Preston Luster, Carry Carson
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Juana Estrada, Julie Gore
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013, 15ston Luster, Carry Carson
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Jimmy Diaz_Cara Merryman
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Erika Schenk_Corey Lacly_Claire Deroode
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013Farrah Akhtar_Thomas Pepper_Lauren Soliz
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Charlotte Moss_Derrick Roach
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013_Jed English, Hannah Holmes
Don't Stop Believing_December 2013, 14reston Luster, Carry Carson

It might have been the swan song for the annual "Don't Stop Believin'" holiday bash but there were no signs of subdued nostalgia at the 10th and final jingle bell rock. Close to 700 revelers, a few elves and Santas among them, crowded into Jackson's Watering Hole and the adjacent party tent to send this fundraiser off in style.

While DJ Senega provided the tunes that kept them dancing all night long, the entertainment took this party to grand finale levels. The Houston Texans Bull Pen Pep Band drum line made a noisy appearance while Transformer Optimus Prime, Superhero the Incredible Hulk, a fire twirler and the Don't Stop Believin' dancers kept the party scene rocking into the wee morning hours. And as is tradition, the infamous Santa Claz photo couch was available with Buddy the Elf making the scene.

While DJ Senega provided tunes that kept them dancing all night long, the entertainment took this party to grand finale levels.

While this was curtains for "Don't Stop Believin'," the group's annual "A Night in Havana" will continue as the group of 14 young professionals who organize the charitable fundraiser are opting to continue the summer bash. Each year, the gents gather to select a charity as beneficiary of the party night and for 2013, Young Texans Against Cancer will reap the proceeds. Since its founding, the event has raised more than $200,000 for charity. Not bad when considering that the funds are entirely voluntary donations.

Santa hats off to philanthropic gents that are part of this team — John Andell, David de Roode, James Easterling, Tony Essalih, James Gietz, Matt Harris, Jon Paul Hull, Cory Krueger, Anil Mahendra, John McAleer, Curtis Willeford, Lee Willeford, Dusty Wilkerson and James Zafereo.

As Andell said in his email the morning after the party, "I have to say that it feels pretty surreal to look back on 10 years of Don't Stop Believin' Christmas parties to realize that the last party has been thrown! All of us have all had so many memories, have had so much fun, and have made so many (eh em) 'questionable' decisions over the years all in the name of charity." 

He added, "The summer Event 'A Night in Havana' will continue on . . . but for the Christmas event? To all a good night . . .  but remember . . . Don't ever Stop Believin'."

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