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Flashback to 1975 combines with a look to the future at record-breaking Chinquapin Spring Gala

Flashback to '75 evokes memories at record-breaking Chinquapin gala

Flashback 75 at Chinquapin Gala
Guests were in a disco mood at the Chinquapin Preparatory School Flashback 75 Gala. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Allyson Kuper, Collins Kuper, Lexie Waterman, Todd Burgamy at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Collins Kuper, Allyson Kuper, Lexie Waterman, Todd Burgamy Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Francie Willis, David Medina at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Francie Willis, David Medina. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Jenny Lissonnet, Patrick Lissonet, Sam Bowen, Patty Bowen at Flashback 75 at Chinquapin
Jenny Lissonnet, Patrick Lissonet, Sam Bowen, Patty Bowen. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
David Perez, Liz Mendoza, Rudy Elizondo at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
David Perez, Liz Mendoza, Rudy Elizondo. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Brooke Bentley Gunst, Haley Webster, Natalie Synnott at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Brooke Bentley Gunst, Haley Webster, Natalie Synnott. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Tray of Pop Rocks at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Paul Atwood, Jenna Atwood at Chinquapin Flashback 75 gala
Paul Atwood, Jenna Atwood. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Blair Foster, Jack Foster at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Blair Foster, Jack Foster. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Spencer Stasney, Allison Stasney at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Spencer Stasney, Allison Stasney. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Sheri O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary, Laura Henry at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Sheri O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary, Laura Henry. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Flashback 75 at Chinquapin Gala
Allyson Kuper, Collins Kuper, Lexie Waterman, Todd Burgamy at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Francie Willis, David Medina at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Jenny Lissonnet, Patrick Lissonet, Sam Bowen, Patty Bowen at Flashback 75 at Chinquapin
David Perez, Liz Mendoza, Rudy Elizondo at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Brooke Bentley Gunst, Haley Webster, Natalie Synnott at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Tray of Pop Rocks at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Paul Atwood, Jenna Atwood at Chinquapin Flashback 75 gala
Blair Foster, Jack Foster at Chinquapin Flashback 75 Gala
Spencer Stasney, Allison Stasney at Chinquapin Flashback Gala
Sheri O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary, Laura Henry at Chinquapin Flashback Gala

What: Flashback 75 at Chinquapin Spring Gala.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Memories of mood rings, Pop Rocks, leisure suits and disco tunes filled the country club ballroom as more than 350 guests turned out to honor Rice University multicultural community relations director David Medina. The gala celebrated the year 1975, when Medina graduated from Chinquapin Preparatory School before embarking on a successful career as a journalist and university official.

Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, saluted Medina, as the crowd gave the honoree two standing ovations. Afterwards, each member of the Chinquapin 2017 Senior Class told the audience where he or she is headed to college. Chinquapin, a nonprofit private college-preparatory school located near Baytown that serves low-income youth from the Greater Houston area, has a remarkable success rate of its students going on to attend institutes of higher learning.

Chair Francie Willis was thrilled that the gala raised a record-breaking $400,000 to fund programs at the school that she has supported for over 20 years. More than $45,000 was raised within five minutes from guests who raised paddles to donate and received mood rings that lit up the room.

Who: KPRC Channel 2's Kambrel Marshall, who emceed the dinner, Chinquapin director Laura Henry, Chinhui and Eddie Allen, Peter Boudreaux, Ann and George McDaniel, Mike Willis, Blanca Medina, Pattie and David Tomaszek, Theresa and Evans Atwell, Warner Roberts, Charity Yarborough, Haley and Barrett Webster, and Chinquapin development director Marilu Garza.