Top (L-R) Sisters Mary McHale, Kevina Keating, Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru, Mary Patricia Driscoll, Dinner Guests. Ricca Dimalibot and Mary Francis Cortinas. (seated) Sisters Rachel O’Keeffe, Sheila Marie O’Sullivan, and Antoninus Martin.

On Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Houston Country Club, the University of St. Thomas’ Donald S. Nesti CSSp Center for Faith and Culture honored Gallery Furniture owner and founder Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale at this year’s Eighth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner, chaired by Cathy and Joe Cleary.

Each year, the Faithful Citizen Award honors an individual who is the embodiment of service and humility, and who, led by the Holy Spirit, manifests the love of God in his or her life and actions as a Catholic.

As a philanthropist, McIngvale routinely expresses his devotion to the Catholic faith through acts of charity and service, including his support of countless organizations and families throughout Houston and beyond. These include his sponsorship of the Pilgrimage of Faith, which sent 500 children and chaperones from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to Rome. More recently, McIngvale made national headlines during Hurricane Harvey for transforming his Houston furniture stores into shelters for flood victims and for using his store’s moving trucks to rescue Houstonians trapped in their homes. He has since donated thousands of dollars, truckloads of furniture and countless hours of his time to helping Harvey victims rebuild their lives.

“We all have responsibilities for the well-being of our community,” said McIngvale, who recently announced that he is transforming his larger stores to include community centers where Houstonians can find valuable resources and learn new skills. “If we help more people get new skills and better jobs, then everybody benefitts.” Proceeds benefit the Center for Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas.

Left (L-R) Sister Kevina Keating, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Sisters Mary McHale and Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru. Right (L-R) Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Sisters Rachel O’Keeffe, Sheila Marie O’Sullivan, and Antoninus Martin.

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