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Big stars honored at University of Houston alumni gala, but Shasta steals the show

Big stars honored at UH alumni awards gala, but Shasta steals the show

UHAA Gala 2015 Charles Haston, Cedric Bandoh, Kelley Poblete, Renu Khator
Charles Haston, from left, Cedric Bandoh, Kelley Poblete and Renu Khator. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, UH Alumni Association gala, May 2015
Bill Worrell, left, and Ken Bailey. Photo by Michelle Watson
UHAA Gala 2015 Rushion McDonald, Christiana McDonald, Cicely McDonald
Rushion McDonald, from left, Christiana McDonald and Cicely McDonald. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, UHAA gala, Dan Dunn, May 2015
Dan Dunn of PaintJam creates painting that sold for $19,000. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
UHAA Gala 2015 Sherrie Mueller, Steve Mueller, Rebecca Gentry
Sherrie and Steve Mueller, from left, with Rebecca Gentry. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Dominic Ng, Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Lori Blackmon-Schroeder, Darryl Schroeder
Dominic Ng, from left, Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Lori Blackmon-Schroeder and Darryl Schroeder. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Richard Phillips, Danette Canion
Richard Phillips and Danette Canion. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Kimberly and Trey Wilkinson
Kimberly and Trey Wilkinson. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Darlene and John McNabb
Darlene and John McNabb. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Lauren and Marc Martin
Lauren and Marc Martin. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Drue and Steve DaSilva
Drue and Steve DaSilva. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Suresh and Renu Khator
Suresh and Renu Khator. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Rani Ramchandani, Cedric Bandoh
Rani Ramchandani and Cedric Bandoh. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Carole and Ken Bailey
Carole and Ken Bailey. Photo by Michelle Watson / CatchLightGroup.com
UHAA Gala 2015 Charles Haston, Cedric Bandoh, Kelley Poblete, Renu Khator
News, Shelby, UH Alumni Association gala, May 2015
UHAA Gala 2015 Rushion McDonald, Christiana McDonald, Cicely McDonald
News, Shelby, UHAA gala, Dan Dunn, May 2015
UHAA Gala 2015 Sherrie Mueller, Steve Mueller, Rebecca Gentry
UHAA Gala 2015 Dominic Ng, Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Lori Blackmon-Schroeder, Darryl Schroeder
UHAA Gala 2015 Richard Phillips, Danette Canion
UHAA Gala 2015 Kimberly and Trey Wilkinson
UHAA Gala 2015 Darlene and John McNabb
UHAA Gala 2015 Lauren and Marc Martin
UHAA Gala 2015 Drue and Steve DaSilva
UHAA Gala 2015 Suresh and Renu Khator
UHAA Gala 2015 Rani Ramchandani, Cedric Bandoh
UHAA Gala 2015 Carole and Ken Bailey

If it weren't for the high-level group of honorees recognized at the University of Houston Alumni Association awards gala, it would have been university mascot Shasta that stole the show. That is Shasta in the form of a larger than life painting, created on stage by speed painter Dan Dunn of PaintJam. That beauty was auctioned off for a cool $19,000.

More than 480 alumni and friends of UH gathered at the Westin Houston, Memorial City for the black-tie gala that saluted with the Distinguished Alumni Awards five individuals who make the university proud.

Taking bows were Alywin Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Potbelly Corp. and a board member at the Walt Disney Co. and Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Bill Worrell, Houston Rockets play-by-play announcer; Rushion McDonald, executive producer of the Emmy-winning Steve Harvey Show; Ken Bailey, founding partner of the civil litigation law firm Bailey Peavy Bailey, PLLC.; and Dominic Ng, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bancorp.

Also honored were Laurie Rutherford with the UHAA Distinguished Service Award, John T. McNabb and Drue DaSilva with the Outstanding Volunteer Award and ESPN anchor and sports journalist Robert Flores with the Rising Star Award. Presiding over the evening was University of Houston Sysem chancellor Renu Khator.

Among guests were Suresh Khator, Sherry and Steve Mueller, Marc and Lauren Martin, Carole Bailey, Kimberly and Trey Wilkinson, Rani Ramchandani and Cedric Bandoh, Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Lori Blackmon-Shcroeder, Darrly Schroeder, Christiana McDonald, Cicely McDonald, Danette Canion and Richard Phillips.