Letter from the Chairs

Cathy & Joe Cleary, Mikki Hebl & David Harvey
Annette & George Strake, The Most Reverend George T. Smith, CSB


Dear Friends,

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, we will share the privilege of chairing the 67th annual University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala, a decades-old tradition that raises critical scholarship funding for UST students. This year’s event will be particularly important as it marks the 70th anniversary of the university’s founding by the Basilian Fathers. In the spirit of this momentous occasion, we are honoring Dr. Robert and Mrs. Marianne Ivany for their faith-filled lives of service to UST and to our country.

As President and First Lady, Bob and Marianne have served UST for more than 12 years, adhering to the strongly held belief that one should always leave a place better than they found it. With their leadership and the unwavering support of friends like you, UST students have benefited from innovative academic programs, numerous new campus facilities and unprecedented philanthropy. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the President and First Lady for their leadership during this extraordinary time of growth. To commemorate their legacy, we have established the Ivany Family Scholarship Fund for deserving undergraduate students.

Proceeds from the 2017 Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala will support student scholars through the Ivany Fund. The gift of your participation will be especially meaningful to the Ivany family.

Please join us on February 25, 2017 at the Hilton Americas – Houston for this wonderful evening. On behalf of all the future leaders of faith and character whose lives your generosity will touch, thank you.