Jingle bells rocked harder than ever at Uropa Saturday evening when the ninth annual "Don't Stop Believin' " Christmas Revelry occupied the nightlife hotspot with an assemblage of more than 700 hitting the dance floor.
Hosted by The GSC, a handpicked coterie of local guys with a penchant for philanthropy, among them John Andell, Jay Cliburn, David de Roode, James Easterling, Tony Essalih, James Gietz, Matt Harris, Jon Paul Hull, Scott Hutson, Cory Krueger, Anil Mahendra, Lee Willeford, Dusty Wilkerson and James Zafereo, the yearly affair on the Saturday before Christmas has found its way into the social calendars of the amicable scene.
The trendy throng — no ugly sweaters here — raised $7,000 from donations at the door for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
High-decibel tunes by DJ Senega cued in a special appearance by The Woodlands' own 12-year-old DJ Elle Morgan, who packs a lot of energy for a 4-foot, 9-inch gal. Her time at the turntable ceased at midnight — because even teenage localebrities should have a curfew.
But that didn't close the curtains on this rowdy dance fete. The groovy holiday party persevered until the wee hours of the morning.
Guests were getting cozy with Hensley & Krueger attorney Cory Krueger standing in as "Santa Claz" and an amusing "Buddy the Elf" for photos when a vision of Michael Jackson in full regalia entered during "Smooth Criminal."
With the support of backers including Hansen Partners, Hensley & Krueger, Lockton, Buffalo Grille, Razor IT Solutions and Jackson's Watering Hole, the trendy throng — no ugly sweaters here — raised $7,000 from donations at the door for Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit new volunteers and underwrite cultural activities that enrich the nonprofit's clients.
Holding onto the feeling were Erica Gillum, Stephanie Jennische, Stacy Andell, Tara Crawford, Claire Wilson, Robyn Walden, Audrey and Brandon Cochran, Curtis Willeford, Demi Welling, Kahlia Castellanos, Renée Dupré, Patrick Dugan, John McAleer, Amanda Moreno, Steven Hood, Laurie Cacioppo, Hasti Taghi and Schuyler Evans.