Saint Martin’s University President’s Gala breaks its scholarship fundraising record
Nov. 16, 2010
Scholarships for Saint Martin’s University students will get
a record $203,000 boost from the University’s annual President’s
Gala, which took place Nov. 6, says University President Roy F.
Saint Martin’s premier scholarship-fundraising event, now in
its fifth year, netted $25,000 more than its 2009 total, thanks
to the generosity of people outside and inside the University
community. The amount includes a significant sum raised by
University faculty and staff for the Fund-a-Mind Scholarship.
“Even in this tough economy there is widespread community
support for Saint Martin’s,” said Heynderickx in thanking the
volunteers and benefactors who helped make this year’s gala the
best ever. “The scholarship money we raised through this event
will make a crucial difference to many students who want to
attend the University or continue their education here.” A
committed group of alumni, friends, faculty and staff worked
much of the year to plan the posh evening of dining, dancing and
silent and live auctions at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound.
Co-chairing the event were Saint Martin’s alumni Dino Batali ‘59
and Dick Roney ’64. Both men also serve on the University’s
Board of Trustees.
Plans already are in the works for the 2011 gala, which
will feature celebrity chef and author Mario Batali preparing an
Iron Chef-style five-course meal for the audience, said Katie
Wojke, the University’s director of development. Batali is the
son of 2010 and 2011 chairman Dino Batali.
For more information, please contact Katie Wojke at
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year,
Catholic coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded
campus in Lacey, Wash. Established in 1895 by the Order of Saint
Benedict, Saint Martin’s is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and
universities in the United States and Canada, and is the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. 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. The University welcomes 1,250
students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main
campus and 650 more to its extension campuses at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma