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.