Love to dance? You would've loved the Friends of the Stehlin Foundation gala as it rocked the ballroom of the Westin Galleria with the sounds of the Bee Gees tribute band Stayin' Alive and went into the wee morning hours with the mash-up sounds of The Company Men.
And that's the 33-year tradition of this energized gala, known for its great dance music. The change of pace this year was due to the death in June of foundation spearhead Dr. John Stehlin at age 90. The evening was a tribute to the cancer specialist, who was front and center at each gala up until the last few years. Traditions continued with Ward & Ames producing the event as they have for decades.
Taking bows was honoree Bob Ivany, president of the University of St. Thomas, and gala chairs Denise Bush Bahr and Philip Bahr, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Beth Madison, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa. The disco-themed event, replete with rainbow-colored feather boas and flashing, light-up glasses, raised more than $450,000.
Among the 500 revelers, a number of whom dressed in retro disco threads, were Sally and Bobby Anderson, Elaine and Jim Turner, Regina Rogers, Gabrielle Patout, Elizabeth and Alan Stein, Joyce and Tom Standish, Ginger Wright, Greg Rivers, Alicia Ciccone, Jean Marc Donics, Kristy Armstrong, Dan Hamilton and Joyce and Tom Standish.