An Unforgettable Night

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2013 Founders’ Gala truly lived up to its billing

A record 400 attendees enjoyed beautiful surroundings at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, dined on an exquisite four-course gourmet meal, bid on one-of-kind and luxury silent and live auction items, and learned firsthand how their generosity helps USD student scholars succeed.

The gala, which honors university founders Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill, is USD’s signature fundraising event. The net revenue total of the event was more than $580,000, with all proceeds going to the Founders’ Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“These scholarships support our students, ‘Changemakers’ who make a difference in communities near and far,” said USD President Mary E. Lyons, PhD.

Three Founders’ Galas have raised nearly $1.6 million. Highlights of this year’s event included a video message by 2001 MFA alumnus and “Big Bang Theory” TV star Jim Parsons and a Swarovski crystal ring as a surprise gift for all female guests, courtesy of USD family members Elisabeth and Manfred Swarovski.

“It’s always inspiring to see the generosity that’s expressed by our USD alumni, parents and friends,” said Founders’ Gala Chair Coreen Petti.