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Record-Breaking VIVA Gala Celebrates Fr. Martinez & Raises $2.6 Million

Christo Rey Jesuit High School 2015 Gala

On Friday, January 23, the Hilton Americas was bursting with energy as the ballroom was transformed into a colorful night club with more than 1,200 of Houston’s Gala party goers in attendance.  Dancing for four hours to the nonstop performance of the Hector Tirado band, that had ten costume changes including one that literally lit up, guests partied beyond the normal hours until after 1 am.  Earlier in the evening gala guests were inspired by a beautiful video tribute to Founding President Father TJ Martinez, who passed away in November from stomach cancer, as well as by comments from his brother Trey Martinez, who, surrounded by the Cristo Rey Jesuit class of 2015, talked about the legacy of his brother. “We began searching for the miracle that would keep TJ here… the miracle is Cristo Rey Jesuit, the miracle are these children, the miracle is you!  TJ was, is and always will be a part of that miracle.” In addition, Houston’s philanthropists learned that this class of seniors has already earned $4 million in college scholarships.

The planning for this high-energy, unique Gala began nearly two years ago when Father TJ Martinez asked Mary Tere and Ricardo Perusquia along with Beth and Schuyler Tilney to chair Cristo Rey Jesuit’s 3rd Gala and take it to new heights – in terms of fundraising and fun.  And, evidenced by the photographs and reviews – both goals were achieved!

Cristo Rey Jesuit raised a tremendous $2.6 million in support of the education of the current student body of nearly 500. As a school dedicated to providing a college prep education for children from low-income families, $3 million must be raised annually to support this great mission.

“We believe in Cristo Rey Jesuit and its unique corporate work-study program which provides the students with job training and life skills that will lead to success beyond their college years.” noted Schuyler Tilney. Mary Tere Perusquia added “The Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit Gala was an opportunity to celebrate the incredible success of Cristo Rey Jesuit and to honor our dear friend, Father TJ Martinez”.

Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit!  Viva Father TJ Martinez!