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Moonlight Serenade gala at new downtown hotel raises more than $1.5 million for private school

Moonlight Serenade Gala at new downtown hotel raises $1.5 million

Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Trini Mendenhall, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Ileana Trevino
Trini Mendenhall, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Ileana Trevino. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Kimberly Cutchall, Michael Cutchall
Kimberly Cutchall, Michael Cutchall. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Susan Sarofim, Raye White
Susan Sarofim, Raye White. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Doug Herron, Winell Herron
Doug Herron, Winell Herron. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Beth and Schuyler Tilney
Beth Tilney, Schuyler Tilney. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Keith Fullenweider, Pam Fullenweider
Keith Fullenweider, Pam Fullenweider. Photo by © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Bryan Caswell, Jennifer Caswell
Bryan Caswell, Jennifer Caswell. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Jan Mendenhall, Oniel Mendenhall
Jan Mendenhall, Oniel Mendenhall. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Trini Mendenhall, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Ileana Trevino
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Kimberly Cutchall, Michael Cutchall
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Susan Sarofim, Raye White
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Doug Herron, Winell Herron
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Beth and Schuyler Tilney
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Keith Fullenweider, Pam Fullenweider
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Bryan Caswell, Jennifer Caswell
Houston, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory HS gala, Jan 2017, Jan Mendenhall, Oniel Mendenhall

The party went until 1 am as guests at the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School of Houston “Moonlight Serenade” gala packed the dance floor to tunes by Atlanta’s The Big Beyond.

The new downtown Marriott Marquis Houston was the site of the celebration attended by 900 supporters of the private school, which provides an academic education coupled with extensive workforce training: Every student earns 50 percent of the cost of their own education by working one day a week at school-sponsored corporations across the city.

Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza opened the evening with the invocation. He was followed onstage by school president Paul Posoli who introduced the members of the senior class, first telling the crowd, “I’m inspired every day by the determination, courage and ‘can do’ attitude of our students.”

This year, we will graduate our largest class ever of 135 students. Those students have already received 264 acceptances to 85 different colleges and universities.”

Executive vice president and chief compliance officer of Fayez Sarofim & Co. Raye G. White, who has been with the firm since its inception in 1958, was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Father TJ Martinez, SJ, Legacy Award for her work with Cristo Rey Jesuit.

Chaired by Trini Mendenhall, Cyndy Garza-Roberts, and Ileana Trevino, the gala  raised more than $1.5 million for Cristo Rey Jesuit.

Seen amid the large crowd were Joy Posoli, Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia, Cardinal DiNardo, Beth and Schuyler Tilney, Susan Sarofim, Peter Boudreaux and Susan Fernbach, Trey Martinez, Roxann and Tim Neumann, Winell and Doug Herron, Sarah and Doug Foshee, Jane and Doug Bland, Odis Peavy, Susan and Steve Solcher, Nancy and Ron Ormand, Kathy and Marty Goossen, and Justice Eva Guzman and Tony Guzman.