Sláinte! University Goes Green, Celebrates Program's Emerald Anny with Irish-Themed Gala

Daniel Ortiz
Sláinte! University Goes Green, Celebrates Program's Emerald Anny with Irish-Themed Gala

David Kem and Judith Raines, Michele Malloy, and Lori Gallagher

THE UNIVERSITY OF St. Thomas has a lot to be thankful for this season — especially given the success of its recent gala at The Houstonian, benefiting its William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies.

The Center toasted its 20th, or "emerald," anniversary, so naturally, chairs Judith Raines and Dave Kem selected beautiful hues of green to adorn the ballroom for the occasion. Here, nearly 300 supporters raised more than $330,000, which will go to the Center's study abroad opportunities and student scholarships. The Consul General of Ireland, Robert Hull, was the guest of honor.

The evening included a gourmet dinner and an all-in-good-fun "roast and toast" of former UST Board Chair Michele Malloy, a champion of Irish studies and culture, followed by a live auction with items like a luxury cruise from Dublin to London. There was also a performance by the Clann Kelly Dancers from the Clann Kelly School of Irish Dance in Houston.

UST's William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is a top-10 Irish Studies program, and is named for the former chairman of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company in honor of his outstanding contributions to the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Peggy and Hugh Idstein

Michele Malloy, David Harvey, and Gloria Portela

Raye White and Auxiliary Bishop Italo Dell’Oro

Consul General of Ireland Robert Hull

Angie and Michael Marcon, Melynda and Richard Ludwick, Jeffrey and Kiki Carroll

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Madelyn and George Farris

Curtis Huff and Bob Corrigan

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