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The ultimate Irish party raises some serious green as three close friends honor their bestie

The ultimate Irish party raises some serious green thanks to 3 friends

Lisa Miranda, from left, Maureen Evans and Margo Geddie at the Irish Gala November 2014
Lisa Miranda, from left, Maureen Evans and Margo Geddie. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Peter and Kate Hays, from left, and Robert and Leigh Contreras at the Irish Gala November 2014
Peter and Kate Hays, from left, and Robert and Leigh Contreras. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Dr. Robert Ivany, from left, Michele Malloy, Lori Gallagher and Adrian Farrell at the Irish Gala November 2014
Bob Ivany, from left, Michele Malloy, Lori Gallagher and Adrian Farrell. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Sean and Kari Tracey, from left, and Brendan Cahill at the Irish Gala November 2014
Sean and Kari Tracey, from left, with the Rev. Brendan Cahill. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Joseph Pilsner, from left, Doris Rodriguez and Michael Stuart at the Irish Gala November 2014
The Rev. Joseph Pilsner, from left, Doris Rodriguez and Michael Stuart. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Joe and Kathy Ridley at the Irish Gala November 2014
Joe and Kathy Ridley. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Ginger and John Neimann at the Irish Gala November 2014
Ginger and John Neimann. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Curtis Huff and Lori Gallagher at the Irish Gala November 2014
Curtis Huff and Lori Gallagher. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Dorothy and Ray LeBlanc at the Irish Gala November 2014
Dorothy and Ray LeBlanc. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Bob and Gayle Longmire at the Irish Gala November 2014
Bob and Gayle Longmire. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Andrea Edmundson and Dr. Bert Edmundson at the Irish Gala November 2014
Andrea Edmundson and Dr. Bert Edmundson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Lisa Miranda, from left, Maureen Evans and Margo Geddie at the Irish Gala November 2014
Peter and Kate Hays, from left, and Robert and Leigh Contreras at the Irish Gala November 2014
Dr. Robert Ivany, from left, Michele Malloy, Lori Gallagher and Adrian Farrell at the Irish Gala November 2014
Sean and Kari Tracey, from left, and Brendan Cahill at the Irish Gala November 2014
Joseph Pilsner, from left, Doris Rodriguez and Michael Stuart at the Irish Gala November 2014
Joe and Kathy Ridley at the Irish Gala November 2014
Ginger and John Neimann at the Irish Gala November 2014
Curtis Huff and Lori Gallagher at the Irish Gala November 2014
Dorothy and Ray LeBlanc at the Irish Gala November 2014
Bob and Gayle Longmire at the Irish Gala November 2014
Andrea Edmundson and Dr. Bert Edmundson at the Irish Gala November 2014

What: The University of St. Thomas Irish Gala.

Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa.

The 411: More than 400 guests help raise in excess of $380,000 for UST's William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, providing scholarships and supporting student travel abroad. They were seeing green in terms of funds raised and fashion as more than a few in the black-tie crowd added a splash of green to their attire.

Three close friends — Maureen Evans, Margo P. Geddie and Lisa Miranda — joined forces to chair the evening that honored their bestie Michele Malloy.

Irish notes filled the night as Wyndnwyre performed traditional Irish music before Celtic balladeer Danny O'Flaherty took the stage. After dinner, he led the traditional sing-along over Irish coffee.

Who: Headlining the guest list were Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza, Irish consul general Adrian Farrell of Austin, UST president Bob Ivany and wife Marianne and the Rev. Bill Shaw, director of the 174 Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Add to supporters Raye White, Bert Edmundson, Jes and John Hagale, Mikki Hebl and David Harvey, Ginny and Dennis Malloy, Colleen and George McCullough, Sue and Jim Power and Kari and Sean Tracey.