Shelby's Social Diary

Disco party runs into the wee hours: It's feather boas, light-up glasses, a heartfelt tribute and $450,000 raised

Disco party runs into the wee hours: Feather boas & light-up glasses

32. Ken Rue and Nancy Riviere at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Ken Rue and Nancy Riviere at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
46. Denise and Philip Bahr at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Chairs Denise Bush Bahr and Philip Bahr take the helm at the Stehlin Foundation gala. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
44. Tom Standish, from left, Dr. Robert Ivany and  Joyce Standish at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Tom Standish, from left, Robert Ivany and Joyce Standish at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
37. Monica Garza, from left, Elaine Turner and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Monica Garza, from left, Elaine Turner and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
42. Stephanie Wilkinson, from left, Carly Burns and Elan Hailey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Stephanie Wilkinson, from left, Carly Burns and Elan Hailey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
40. Ron and Connie Niehaus at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Ron and Connie Niehaus at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
28. Joann and Rick Hazard at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Joann and Rick Hazard at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
36. Luis Perez and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Luis Perez and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
39. Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
33. Lin and Bill Smolensky at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
Lin and Bill Smolensky at the Stehlin Foundation Gala at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Photo courtesy of John Lewis Photography
32. Ken Rue and Nancy Riviere at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
46. Denise and Philip Bahr at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
44. Tom Standish, from left, Dr. Robert Ivany and  Joyce Standish at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
37. Monica Garza, from left, Elaine Turner and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
42. Stephanie Wilkinson, from left, Carly Burns and Elan Hailey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
40. Ron and Connie Niehaus at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
28. Joann and Rick Hazard at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
36. Luis Perez and Heather McLeskey at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
39. Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013
33. Lin and Bill Smolensky at the Stehlin Foundation Gala October 2013

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 SteinJoyce and Tom Standish, Ginger Wright, Greg Rivers, Alicia Ciccone, Jean Marc Donics, Kristy Armstrong, Dan Hamilton and Joyce and Tom Standish.