Sofia Adrogué, Melissa Martinez, Trini Mendenhall, Trey Martinez CatchlightGroup.com
Cristo Rey Jesuit president Paul Posoli, chairs Lisa & Michael Heim CatchlightGroup.com
Patty Bourlon, Cyndi Slade, Joy Posoli CatchlightGroup.com
Matt Wareing CatchlightGroup.com
Marty & Kathy Goossen CatchlightGroup.com
Lynn Murphy CatchlightGroup.com
Chris & Kristin Wallis, Janelle & Greg Reid CatchlightGroup.com
Live auction bidding helped catapult the evening to a $2.2 million take CatchlightGroup.com
Jane Bland, Gregg Thompson, Doug Bland, Sarah Foshee CatchlightGroup.com
Judy & Chris Simon CatchlightGroup.com
Cristo Rey Jesuit seniors visit with guests CatchlightGroup.com
There could be little doubt that beloved Father T.J. Martinez, founding president of Cristo Rey, was looking down from heaven on the festive proceedings taking place in the Marriott Marquis ballroom on Saturday. For surely, there was divine intervention that on this night inspired the $2.2 million windfall for scholarships to the Jesuit college preparatory school.
In fact, the evening was titled “Viva The Miracle!” in a nod to what has been considered a decade of miracles for the school that launched in 2009. Though Father Martinez died of cancer in 2014, his vision lives on at the school that today boasts 569 alumni, 540 current students and 170 corporate work-study programs.
As the night progressed, the energy swelled, reaching a crescendo with an unexpected Paddles Up challenge. A generous donor pledged $250,000 if $500,000 was raised in the appeal. In less than 12 minutes, with excitement growing as each paddle was raised, the $500,000 challenge was easily met. Nothing short of a miracle.
Counting their blessings were gala chairs Lisa and Michael Heim and Cristo Rey president Paul Posoli as well as the numerous Cristo Rey students (all on scholarships) and their families that attended the black-tie gala.
In remembrance of Father TJ, as he was affectionately known, the Father TJ Martinez, SJ, Legacy Award was presented to Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza by Cristo Rey Jesuit graduate Victoria Perez. As is tradition, Father TJ’s family joined the festivities including his father Tony Martinez, mayor of Brownsville, and his mother Carol Berryman.
After the live auction and Paddles Up, the party energy kicked up an even higher notch with the sounds of I Love This Band filling the dance floor.
PC Seen: Sarah and Doug Foshee, Joy Posoli, Laura and John Arnold, Trini Mendenhall, Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, Roxann and Tim Neumann, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Emily and Robert Clay, Janelle and Greg Reid, Sofia Adrogué and Sten Gustafson, Pam and Keith Fullenweider, Ann and John Bookout, Kristin and Chris Wallis and Jane and Doug Bland.