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This Mardi Gras party raises tons of green as college king and queen represent in River Oaks

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George and Anette Stake, from left, with Meredith Smith and Cody Miller at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
George and Anette Stake, from left, with Meredith Smith and Cody Miller. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, from left, with Trini Mendenhall at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, from left, with Trini Mendenhall. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, from left, with Bob and Marianne Ivany at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, from left, with Bob and Marianne Ivany. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Frank Rossi, from left, with Lucia and Michael Cordua at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Frank Rossi, from left, with Lucia and Michael Cordúa. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Doug Sandvig, from left, Margo Geddie and Bill LaFuze at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Doug Sandvig, from left, Margo Geddie and Bill LaFuze. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Miki Hebl and David Harvey at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Miki Hebl and David Harvey. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Lou Pelz and Maureen Evans at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Lou Pelz and Maureen Evans. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
Ginny and Dennis Malloy at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Ginny and Dennis Malloy. Photo courtesy of Michael Martinez Photography
George and Anette Stake, from left, with Meredith Smith and Cody Miller at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, from left, with Trini Mendenhall at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, from left, with Bob and Marianne Ivany at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Frank Rossi, from left, with Lucia and Michael Cordua at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Doug Sandvig, from left, Margo Geddie and Bill LaFuze at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Miki Hebl and David Harvey at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Lou Pelz and Maureen Evans at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014
Ginny and Dennis Malloy at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras March 2014

What: The University of St. Thomas 64th annual Mardi Gras gala.

Where: At River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: With the ballroom decorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, the gala enriched the university scholarship fund with plenty of green — $800,000. Applause, applause for chairs Ginny and Dennis Malloy. The fundraiser honored Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, a member of the UST board of directors. Representing the student body on this black-tie evening were UST Mardi Gras King and Queen Cody Miller and Meredith Smith. Key figures on the program were UST president Bob Ivany, emcee Lisa Malosky and auctioneer Rusty Mertink. The Murray Ward Dance Band provided music for the merrymaking that came to an end at midnight when the Lenten season began.

Who: Joining the Mardi Gras festivities were Trini Mendenhall, Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, the Rev. Joseph Fiorenza, Marianne Ivany, Bette and Jesse Tutor, Annette and George Strake, Lucia and Michael Cordúa, Tiziana and Fabio Triolo, Madelyn and George Farris, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel and Miki Hebl and David Harvey.

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