Successful President’s Gala supports Saint Martin’s University Capital Campaign
November 22, 2006
Lacey, Washington ---Saint Martin’s University held
its first annual ‘President’s Gala’ Saturday, November 11th at the Red
Lion Hotel in Olympia. The event, organized by members of Saint Martin’s
President’s Council and other community volunteers, raised $110,000 for
the $5.5 million A Winning Spirit capital campaign to construct new
recreation and athletic facilities on the University campus. The
President’s Council is a 20-member advisory board to University
President Douglas Astolfi on fundraising and public relations
The gala event was co-chaired by Saint Martin’s
alumni, Al Eckroth, HS ’62, ’66 of Olympia, and Dr. Richard B. Hecker,
’81, San Antonio, Texas.
The University’s strategic planning team has made
improved recreation and athletic facilities a priority to recruit and
retain students. Gifts made to the campaign will be used to construct a
new recreation and athletic center near Saint Martin’s Pavilion, as well
as a soccer field and track near the current baseball diamond.
“There’s more to a university education than what
happens in the classroom,” notes Astolfi, “Opportunities for recreation,
fitness and athletic competition are really important to our students.
In fact, recent surveys tell us that students have identified improved
recreational and athletic facilities as the number one priority for this
campus.” The planned facilities will support Saint Martin’s goal to
serve the whole student in mind, body and spirit.
“New recreation and sports facilities will attract
and retain students as the University looks ahead to growing into a
stronger community,” Astolfi continues. “Saint Martin’s also is pleased
to see more students choosing to live on campus. This trend further
reinforces the need for on-site space for exercise classes, intramural
sports and other fitness activities,” he adds.
The gala provided a focal point to support the new
facilities. The evening social event was attended by 380 Saint Martin’s
supporters and featured silent and live auctions for a wide variety of
donated goods, dinners and travel opportunities. Bidding was lively and
spirited leading to more than $50,000 in auction proceeds.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for
successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs
spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. A
Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,100 students
from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main
campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses.
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2006 President’s Gala leaders gather
with President Douglas Astolfi. Left to right: Dick Roney
’64, vice chairman of the University’s board of trustees;
R.B. “Doc” Hecker ’81, trustee and Gala co-chair; Mervet
Sanchez, account executive with Gala sponsor Chicago Title;
Dr. Astolfi; and President’s Council member and Gala
co-chair Al Eckroth HS’62, ’66.
Young alumni and friends meet President
and Mrs. Astolfi at the 2006 Gala. Front row, left to right:
Courtney Carignan, guest of Danny Ireland; Deidre Eaton, SMU
senior and ASSMU President; Dr. Douglas Astolfi and his
wife, Betsy; Jonathan Sprouffske ’04 and his guest Kate
Clizbe. Back row, left to right: Anthony Rapaglia, SMU
senior; and Danny Ireland ’04.
The sale of raffle tickets for one
year’s free tuition also raised support at the Gala for the
new recreation and athletic center, soccer field and track.
Shown here (left) selling tickets is freshman soccer team
member Jaci Carico. Ticket buyers are Gerald and Gloria
Schmidtke, who attended the Gala representing Twin Star