The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Young Professionals Group hosted its 4th annual black-tie Jungle Book Gala on November 9, 2018. This year’s event was held at one of Houston’s newest venues – The Revaire. The event, chaired by Amy and Kyle McCully, Morgan Stautzenberger and Cameron Stubbs, was attended by a record-breaking 400 guests.

The event 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.


Party-goers, including Honorary Chairs Houston Astros Manager AJ Hinch and his wife Erin, enjoyed a “wild” evening complete with drinks, light bites by A Fare Extraordinaire, silent auction and dancing to music by Austin, Texas’ Matchmaker Band.


Exotic animals on stilts greeted guests as they entered the ballroom filled with blue velvet and gold shimmer décor. An aerialist dressed as a tiger performed acrobatics in the center of the room as she poured champagne into guests’ glasses and posed for photographs. Curved sofas and high-top tables filled the room along with a swanky VIP lounge.

“Providing an opportunity for literacy is almost single-handedly the best thing you can do for someone.”
- AJ Hinch,
Houston Astros Manager

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.



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