LOCAL Houston | The City Guide October 2016 - Page 72

SCENE David and Lisa Pitts EVENT: START YOUR ENGINES KICK-OFF PARTY WHERE: MCLAREN HOUSTON Over 50 guests enjoyed small plates from Bryan Caswell & Company Catering and racingthemed cocktails as well as a live painting performance by Taft McWhorter, wine pull and a display of exotic vehicles including a Porsche 918 Spyder. Family Houston clients delivered testimonials and Family Houston Board Chair David Pitts energized the crowd about the Start Your Engines main event. Start Your Engines will be held on October 8, 2016, at Royal Purple Raceway and features drag racing, a car show with hundreds of exotic and classic vehicles presented by Houston Coffee & Cars and a Kids Zone with fun activities. Photography by David Postma Yvonne Guidry EVENT: SPOILED LATINA DAY 2016 WHERE: MARQUIS LOFTS DOWNTOWN The sold-out event to celebrate women in all facets of their lives was a huge success! Yvonne Guidry, founder of the popular Houston-based lifestyle blog SpoiledLatina.com, made sure that guests walked away empowered, motivated and stronger with the desire to work hard but knowing that they deserve to “spoil themselves a bit more without feeling guilty about it.” Some of the panelists included were Raq-C Cordova, a motivational speaker based in LA; Devi Brown, a TV and radio personality; Joy Sewing, the Beauty and Fashion Editor at Houston Chronicle; Zanetta Jones of the Houston Rockets; Tyzza Macias, founder of Factory Glam; Yuridia Gonzalez of 104.5 Radio; Lisa Valadez, Assistant Publisher at Houston Style Magazine; and Athena Anestia, local influencer who is helping people live better and healthier lives. Ticket sale proceeds were donated to CCM Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs by outreaching to teens and young adults through education and entertainment. Photography by Michael Anthony Raq-C Cordova 72 L O C A L | october 16