Houston, TX – St. Agnes Academy hosted its 31st annual Legacy Gala on Saturday, March 29, at the Westin Houston Memorial City. The sold-out event welcomed more than 600 guests for an evening of dining, dancing, and bidding in a number of auctions. Gala Chairs Emily Clay and Lisa Mason worked with more than 100 volunteers to bring Springtime Soirée to the crowd of supporters of Houston’s premiere Catholic girls’ high school. The event raised well over $632,000 for the Academy to support transformational educational experiences for Houston's young women.
A highlight of the evening was presentation of the Dominican Spirit Award to George and Annette DeWalch Strake ’55, for serving as models of faith, leadership, service and truth. Mr. Strake’s mother was a graduate of St. Agnes Academy in 1917, and his two sisters, wife Annette, three daughters, six nieces, and granddaughter and great niece are also graduates of St. Agnes.
“The Dominican Spirit Award is one of the highest honors St. Agnes Academy bestows,” said Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Head of School. “It represents the founding vision of the Houston Dominican Sisters, their selfless leadership and outstanding service.”
The Strake’s philanthropy and service to community are well-known in the Houston area, with multi-generational capital support to St. Agnes Academy, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of St. Thomas, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, and countless other causes. They have served on boards that include Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Strake Foundation.
George Strake was appointed Secretary of State by Gov. William Clements in 1979. Gov. Clements appointed Annette Strake to the Texas Commission of the Arts in 1988.