From Florida to California, St. Ambrose alumni raised glasses to their alma mater in a simultaneous toast on June 21.
Including a turnout of more than 100 Ambrosians inside the familiar surroundings of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill on Brady Street in Davenport, more than 300 alumni came together for the fourth annual BEE Happy Hour.
The first summertime Bee Happy Hour drew 50 Ambrose alumni in Des Moines, 25 in Peoria, Ill., and even seven in places as far away as Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn.
The growing event improved on a 200-alum turnout at 12 locations last year.
This year's line-up of locales and the event hosts included:
Quad Cities--Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, Hosted by Katie Spain '02
Bloomington, Ill.--Mr. Beez Atrium Pub, Hosted by Erin Kinsella '00
Cedar Rapids, Iowa --Vito's on 42nd, Hosted by Stacey Harmsen '96
Chicago -- Curragh Irish Pub, Hosted by John O'Neil '00
Clermont, Fla. -- D'amato's Italian Restaurant, Hosted by Marla (Patterson) Khetem '95
Des Moines -- Maddy's Again Neighborhood Pub & Grill, Hosted by Ashley Segal '02, Dorothy Anello '02, Laurel Caes '05 and Chad Driscoll '08
Greenville, S.C. -- CityRange Steakhouse Grill, Hosted by Angie (Griffin) Hubbard '92
Houston -- Goode's Armadillo Palace, Hosted by Adam Runge '03
Kansas City, Mo. -- Blanc Burgers and Bottles, Hosted by Kevin '10 and Megan (Barr) '10 Kelley
Minneapolis, Minn. - REPUBLIC at Seven Corners, Hosted by Jeremy '99 and Rachel (Longstreet) '09 Burke
Nashville, Tenn. -- Bailey's Pub & Grille, Hosted by Mark Blythe '02
Ottawa, Ill. -- JJ's Sports Pub & Grill, Hosted by Kathleen (Feehan) Kellogg '82
Peoria, Ill. -- Kouri's Pub, Hosted by Dan '82 & Pam '83 Kouri and JJ '88 & Marie '87 Rothan
Raleigh, N.C. -- Carolina Ale House, Hosted by Amanda Orfitelli '01 *5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
St. Louis -- Highlander Pub & Grill, Hosted by Phil Cervantes '90