Exotic animals on stilts and aerialist tigers pouring champagne greeted guests at the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Young Professionals Group's fourth annual Jungle Book Gala on November 9. 

Party-goers enjoyed an evening complete with drinks, light bites by A Fare Extraordinaire, a silent auction and dancing to music by Austin's Matchmaker Band in the ballroom at The Revaire. 

Emcee Chita Craft opened the event by welcoming guests and acknowledging the foundation's co-founders, Maria and Neil Bush. 

By the end of the night, the dance floor was filled with young professionals in glow bracelets and crowns, a representation of each Little Free Library or My Home Library purchased that night. In between songs, guests enjoyed late-night snacks of boozy vanilla milkshakes and russet waffle French fries. Silent auction items included a three-night stay in a luxurious home at La Palmilla in Cabo donated by The Carnrite Group; a women’s two-tone Rolex Datejust donated by Deutsch & Deutsch Rolex Galleria; a game-day experience donated by the Houston Texans; an autographed Houston Astros jersey courtesy of AJ and Erin Hinch; and more.

The event, chaired by Amy and Kyle McCully, Morgan Stautzenberger and Cameron Stubbs, had a record-breaking total of 400 guests and raised nearly $300,000. All proceeds benefit the childhood literacy initiatives led by the Young Professionals Group in support of the Foundation’s mission.

YPG seeks to engage young professionals in Houston’s ongoing literacy crisis by creating opportunities for members to read, lead, and serve our next generation.

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