Cast of ABC's The Chew

Gala ticket sales are on!

Sink your teeth into something truly delicious. Purchase select tables and individual tickets online for the 2015 Saint Martin's Gala — a smorgasbord of fun and fundraising — with the cast of The Chew.

Student spotlight

Scholarship recipient, Ben Lopez

At the 2014 Gala, Ben Lopez shared the impact of scholarships and this community has had on his life. Moved by the selflessness of those who helped him and the generosity of the Saint Martin's community, Ben has decided to pursue a career in higher education.

"Scholarships are more than just funding for an education. They are tools of empowerment, foundations of support, and opportunities for students to develop into the people [they] truly desire to be. I never could have imagined that my college career would be so amazing and impact my life the way it has here at Saint Martin’s.

"The Saint Martin’s community enabled me to break out of my shell and empowered me to be the genuine version of myself. Words cannot express how grateful I am for what they have done for me. All I can say is thank you SO MUCH."
- Ben Lopez

Gala chairs
Armandino '59 and Marilyn Batali
Rick and Pam Panowicz
Kathy Lombardo and Fred Wright

Questions? Please contact:

Dana Pethia
Director for event fundraising and corporate sponsors

2015 Saint Martin's Gala

Saturday, November 7, 2015

What's better than raising scholarships with an evening of great food, great fun and a celebrity chef? Raising scholarships with an evening of great food, great fun and FIVE celebrity chefs!

Join Saint Martin's and the entire cast of ABC's The Chew, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz, as they cook up one outrageous night of good grub and giving!

It's about the students!


Gala receipts benefit SMU scholarship funds

The Saint Martin’s Gala is a celebration of hospitality and community. It's a time to see old friends, renew acquaintances, savor delicious food and wine, and be entertained. But the primary reason for our gathering is to support our students educational journey through the advancement of scholarship funds.

Scholarships are vital! They make it possible for hundreds of students to attend Saint Martin’s every year. In this difficult economy, as a college education grows increasingly out of reach for ever more students and their families, scholarships help make a degree from Saint Martin’s a reality for many. But, a Saint Martin’s education is much more than a college diploma. It is a unique experience that prepares individuals to take on personal and professional challenges of the 21st century, equipped with a set of ethics rooted in our Benedictine values.

Financial aid facts

  • 94 percent of all full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.
  • In 2013-2014 Saint Martin’s awarded $15 million in student scholarships including grants, including individual and corporate donor-funded scholarships, and the Gala Feed-a-Mind scholarships.
  • As a result, the Saint Martin’s student body represents a rich diversity that distinguishes our campus from many others across the nation. More than one-third of our students come from underrepresented populations, including first-generation college students as well individuals from low-income families and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Our University is one where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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