Houstonians dunked reality tv celebs, Erica Rose and Kalon McMahon
Raising FUNDS FOR KOMEN FOUNDATION HOTEL ZAZA HOUSTON HOSTED ITS 3RD ANNUAL PARTY IN PINK WHERE LOCAL CELEBS TOOK THE PLUNGE AND KISSED FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Houston reality TV celebrities Erica Rose, who was on Season 9 of The Bachelor and is now on Bachelor Pad 3, with Kalon Joseph Reid McMahon, a recent contestant on popular show The Bachelorette and is now also on Bachelor Pad 3, were highlights of Party in Pink, the now infamous fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundationsʼ Houston Chapter hosted by Hotel ZaZa Houston.The duo, who played nice-nice at the packed event of close to 500 were dunked by fans, friends, and enemies alike at the 3rd annual fundraising event, which boasted a carnival theme this year. Houstonʼs movers, shakers and philanthropic faces showed up to Party in Pink poolside at in their chicest pink attire, raising $8,500 for the Komen Foundation. Guests were invited to take three tries to dunk local Houston celebrities, Erica Rose and Kalon Joseph Reid McMahon. McMahon was up first in the dunk tank starting at 7:30 and again at 8:30 p.m., while Rose stepped in at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. A highlight from the evening was seeing Ericaʼs father, nationally renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose, step up to the plate to dunk his own daughter. Donʼt worry, Kalon got his fair share when Houston Texansʼ Outside Linebacker Connor Barwin stepped up and threw his best strike and hit the target straight on!
Other Houston celebrities “got in the mood” by participating in Hotel ZaZa Houstonʼs carnival style Kissing Booth. For $1 a kiss, guests smooched with famous Houston Executive Chef and owner of Philippe, Philippe Schmit, KHOU-TV Channel 11 Morning News Anchor, Lily Jang and KPRC-TV Channel 2 Weekend Meteorologist, Mary Lee. McMahon even made a special appearance at the Kissing Booth for fans. In addition, a Fortune Teller and magician were on hand to liven up the crowd.
Pulling out all the stops, much to the crowdʼs amusement, Hotel ZaZa Houston served flavorful food and delicious drinks. Highlights of the nightʼs menu included various flavors of popcorn – strawberry, bacon, white cheddar and brown butter. Guests also noshed on spiked cotton candy, Sprinkles Cupcakesʼ assorted mini cupcakes adorned with sugared pink ribbons, candied Pink Lady® apples, lobster corn dogs, watermelon gazpacho shooters, and mini hot dogs. Liquid libations included Vueve Clicquot Rosé; a Pink Flirt, made with mandarin vodka, XRated Liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice with a champagne splash; The Paloma, made with Resposado Tequila, pink grapefruit juice and a splash of soda; and The Pink Threat, a dessert like cocktail of Lindemanʼs Framboise, vanilla ice cream and simple syrup. Other notables in attendance at Party in Pink included Z Resorts Owner, Charlie Givens; Marcy de Luna; Rob Rutherford; Bubba McNeely; Houston Modern Luxury magazine Publisher, Peter Remington; Lindsey Love; James Sivco; KHOU-TVʼs Katherine Whaley; KTRK-TV reporter, Miya Shay; Bellaire Councilman Corbett Parker; Tod Eason with buddies, Chad Farrell and John Rentz; Jeff Shell; Diary of an Angry Stripper author, Sarah Tressler; Will Matthews and Ashley Wyatt; Tootsiesʼ Director of Marketing, Shelley Taylor Ludwick; KC Gifford; Lindsey George; and Lia Vallone.
Rounding out the evening was a fashion show done with a carnival twist by Tootsies. Models donned in summerʼs hottest fashions walked on stilts throughout the crowd while Tootsies team members distributed hot pink sunglasses to many partygoers. Gentlemen attending the event were in awe of the custom casual fashions at Rye 51ʼs display in one of Hotel ZaZa Houstonʼs pool cabanas. Helping guests express themselves was Pinotʼs Palette, who set up several
progressive painting stations that developed into pink masterpieces throughout the event.
Hotel ZaZa, a member of the Preferred Hotel Group™, was created by Charles S. Givens and Jeff Records and is owned by Givens-Records Developments. Operations management and marketing are provided by Z Resorts, LLC, led by Z Resorts President Benji Homsey.