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Party animals, traveling in a Flock, take over Houston Zoo

Posted on October 08, 2010 in

Three of our brokers were out attending Houston’s Zoo Flock of Seagulls event.

nrp at zoo

By: Shelby Hodge for Culture Map Houston

Who knew that 850 birds, representing 230 species, inhabit the Houston Zoo? Probably no one at Thursday night’s “Flock of Seagulls” young professionals party at the zoo’s duck lake had ever focused on that bit of animal minutiae.

But after the party, that was replete with wandering baby flamingos, duck feedings and tours of the tropical bird house, we bet that more than a few of the 250 partygoers were much more avian-friendly.

Guests sipped on Saint Arnold’s brews and 42 Below Vodka cocktails, snacked on small bites from Sushi Raku and rocked ‘80s style to the beats of DJ Ace Boon Coon. As a surprise treat before lights out, Domino’s Pizza delivery arrived.

The focus was only partially on the birds on this evening because much of the attention went to the guests themselves, who enthusiastically embraced the ‘80s theme. The dress was colorful, kicky and wicked.

Among those boldly stepping out were Valerie Palmquist, Jeff Shell, Carla and Alex Martinez, Gloria Luna and Jesse Bounds, Katherine Orellana, Ted Bowen, Beth Bryant, Maidie Ryan, Jennifer LeGrand, Denise Furlough and David Cordua in his chef’s gear as he was soon on his way back to the new Americas in River Oaks Shopping Center.

Terrorists and the SWAT team mix merrily at Tilman Fertitta’s

Posted on October 08, 2010 in

Our brokers, Blake Tartt III & Adam Strauss were present at Tilman Fertitta’s party.

By: Shelby Hodge for Culture Map Houston

tilman's party

Last year, Channel 13 investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino was “kidnapped” at the annual Houston Police Foundation bash held at the River Oaks spread of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. This year, he was unceremoniously tossed into the swimming pool — twice.

First by a new set of alleged terrorists (Landry’s stockholders) and then by HPD’s scuba team.

It was all part of the annual shenanigans that salute the men and women in blue.

Among the whacky events occurring Saturday: Elvis Presley arrived by police chopper for the Blue Hawaii themed fundraiser. Joanne King Herring and scores of others fired off rounds of simulation (paint filled soap bullets used in police training). The Fertittas’ youngest son, Blake, joined the terrorist gang. Fireworks lighted up the sky several times. Hawaiian dancers and servers in grass skirts and bikini tops provided crowd-pleasing eye candy.

Scores of uniformed police covered the grounds and hovered on the property periphery leading Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. to quip that the Fertittas had “the most secure backyard in the city.” How many officers were there among the horseback, canine, scuba, SWAT and undercover teams? No official count, thank you.

We can say that there were 600 supporters ponying up a minimum $500 each for the privilege of mixing and mingling across the Fertitta playground, rubbing elbows with the officers and picking up their dinners from the bountiful buffet tables. Among the top gun supporters on hand were Paul Somerville, Bobbie and John Nau, Carol and Mike Linn, Blake Tartt III, Edna Meyer-Nelson and Chris and Don Sanders.

Applause, applause for dinner chair Laura Ward and for emcee Dave Ward, Channel 13 news anchor. The Fertittas served as event chairs and the Naus as honorary chairs.

Among those sitting at tables centered with faux palm trees were Sunny Sue and Mac Haik, Hershey Grace and John Moritz,  Connie and Clayton Cooke, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly and Rusty Hardin, whose son is a member of the SWAT team.