Thanks to donors and supporters like you, we were able to fundraise over $1.1 million in one night for student scholarships!

2016 Saint Martin's Gala

Celebrating 11 years

In its 11th year, the Saint Martin’s University Gala presented “A Taste of Brazil,” welcoming to the Gala Kitchen, renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa of Eataly Brasil. Her partner in this culinary adventure… Travel Channel star of Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern!

Andrew & Ligia paired up to create a 5-course Brazilian feast LIVE, on-stage before over 600 gala guests. Simultaneously, culinary masters Bon Appetit prepared and presented a five-course Brazilian and Maryhill Winery-paired meal behind the scenes!

Thank you for joining us for this rare and special opportunity to enjoy international Brazilian cuisine, celebrity chefs, locally renowned silent and live auction and elegant pre-gala reception. The Saint Martin’s Annual Gala is the University’s lead student scholarship fundraiser, having raised $1.1 million over the course of five hours.

The featured celebrity chef for Gala 2016 is Ligia Karazawa, of Eataly Brasil, who partnered with Andrew Zimmern, star of Bizarre Foods.

Ligia Karazawa

Ligia Karazawa

Ligia Karazawa is the featured chef from Eataly in São Paulo, Brazil. With 29 locations worldwide, Eataly promotes high-quality Italian cuisine by offering fresh ingredients imported from the Mediterranean for its storefronts and its award-winning restaurants. Eataly often holds classes on nutrition, sustainability, and culinary arts.

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern, a three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality chef, writer, and teacher, will be co-starring with Ligia Karazawa. Zimmern is known for his Bizarre Foods franchise on the Travel Channel, which includes Bizarre Foods with Andrew ZimmernAndrew Zimmern’s Bizarre WorldBizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations.

It's about the students

The Saint Martin’s University Gala exists to support our students. Their educational journey is made possible through scholarships awarded by hundreds of generous donors each year. For many students — students like Crystal Maria ’13 and Dillon Linhart ’14  — a Saint Martin’s education would not be possible without financial assistance. At this year’s Gala, they recounted their speeches as student speakers at previous galas and reported on the progress of their hopes.

Dillon and Crystal giving their speech

“Four years ago, I spoke about my dreams of going to law school.

“Today, I stand here, happy to say that I graduated from Seattle University Law School in May and recently passed the bar exam.”

— Crystal Maria, ’13

“Three years ago, I shared my dream of entering the health field.

“This past year I completed my master's program in physician assistant studies at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. I am now a practicing physician assistant at United Wound Healing in Puyallup.”

— Dillon Linhart, ’14

2016 Gala sponsors

Bon Appétit Management Company

Presenting sponsor: Bon Appétit Management Company

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Washington State Employees Credit Union

Gala reception sponsor: Washington State Employees Credit Union

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Capitol City Press

Print sponsor: Capitol City Press

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Seattle Magazine

Print media sponsor: Seattle Magazine

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Broadcast media sponsor: KCTS 9

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Rob Rice Homes

Gala kitchen sponsor: Rob Rice Homes

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Maryhill Winery

Wine sponsor: Maryhill Winery

Explore the craft of our wine sponsor, Maryhill Winery »

Sunset Air

Wine glass sponsor: Sunset Air

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Anchor Bank

Celebrity photo sponsor: Anchor Bank

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Additional sponsors:

Green Room Sponsor
Maumasi Fire Arts

Celebrity Runway Sponsor
Conover Insurance

Silent Auction Sponsor
Morris-Sockle, PLLC

Live Auction Bid Card Sponsor
Chicago Title Insurance Company

Shellfish Sponsor
Taylor Shellfish

Coffee Sponsor
Caffe Vita

Bizarre Food Sponsor
Matt & Shelley Marcus

Saint Benedict Table patrons:

Forma Construction »
Joe & Liz Williams
Saint Martin's Trustees

Saint Martin Table patrons:

America's Credit Union »
Jim Guerci '72
Barb Hiatt '78
Terry '62 and Mary Louise '60 Monaghan