66th Mardi Gras gala

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University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, George Strake, Samantha Loos-Polk, Robert Ramirez, Annette Strake
George Strake, Samantha Loos-Polk, Robert Ramirez, Annette Strake. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Bob Ivany, Marianne Ivany, the Rev. Donald Nesti
Bob Ivany, Marianne Ivany, the Rev. Donald Nesti. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, blanca Reza, Rey Reza
Blanca Reza, Rey Reza. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Cecilia Abbott, the Rev. Frank Rossi
Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott, the Rev. Frank Rossi. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, rosie Carrabba, Ginger Niemann, Jan Duncan
Rosie Carrabba, Ginger Niemann, Jan Duncan. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Charlie Chambers, Debbie Chambers
Charlie Chambers, Debbie Chambers. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016,  Shelley Tortorice, Ginger Blanton, Annette Strake
Shelley Tortorice, Ginger Blanton, Annette Strake. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, The three tenors
The Three Houston Tenors. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, George Strake, Samantha Loos-Polk, Robert Ramirez, Annette Strake
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Bob Ivany, Marianne Ivany, the Rev. Donald Nesti
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, blanca Reza, Rey Reza
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Cecilia Abbott, the Rev. Frank Rossi
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, rosie Carrabba, Ginger Niemann, Jan Duncan
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, Charlie Chambers, Debbie Chambers
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016,  Shelley Tortorice, Ginger Blanton, Annette Strake
University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras, Feb. 2016, The three tenors

What: University of St. Thomas 66th Mardi Gras Gala.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The scoop: Continuing a long-standing tradition, two UST senior students were crowned king and queen of the school festivities — Queen Samantha Loos-Polk and King Robert Ramirez. With seven co-chairs — Ginger Blanton, Rosie Carrabba, Jan Duncan, Ginger Niemann, Regina Rogers, Annette Strake, and Shelley Tortorice — the Venetian-themed gala brought in close to $930,000 for student scholarships. 

In a surprise move for the honoree, the Rev. Donald Nesti, director of the Center for Faith and Culture, board chair Bert Edmundson announced that the center would be named for Nesti, its founder.

Entertainment included the Three Houston Tenors during dinner and Skyrocket! later in the evening.

Who: UST president Bob Ivany and Marianne, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott, Margaret Alkek Williams, Raye White, Lois and Carl Davis, Trini Mendenhall, Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, and Lois and Carl Davis.

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