What: Second Annual Catapult Marathon Gala
Where: Hilton Americas
The Scoop: Jarrett Hubert and Chris McClendon, two young Houstonians who launched Catapult — a nonprofit that guides visually and mobility impaired athletes in endurance sports — hosted the second annual Catapult Marathon Gala. (What better way to train for the Houston Marathon than with a massive party?)
More than 350 men and women, in possibly the fittest crowd of gala-goers (these are athletes who guide disabled athletes) packed into the Hilton Americas, opting for tuxes and gowns over their New Balance running shoes and race gear, for one special night.
Among the honored guests of the evening, Jen Bricker, who, in spite of being born without legs, went on to become a world class aerialist, and is the sister of Olympic gymnast Dominic Moceaunu. Local Paralympian Mark Barr presented double amputee Patrick Pressgrove with the athlete of the year award, while Bruce Hayes received the volunteer of the year award. The evening raised $120,000, which helps purchase prosthetics, race equipment, and race gear and entries for disabled athletes.
The partying certainly didn't affect performance: Twelve attendees competed in the Houston Marathon and half marathon; several broke their own personal records, and four athletes qualified for the Boston Marathon.
Who: CC and Duke Ensell, Felicia and Pete Neubig, Adessa Ellis, Fred Johnson, Jerry Ashworth, Dr Danielle Melton, Chau Nguyen and Brian Franco, Mechelle Tran, Cheri Hildreth, Stevie Vu, Jerry and Victoria Ashworth, Shane and Asha Wurderman.