Gala success chart

The importance of scholarships

The Gala is Saint Martin's signature student scholarship fundraising event. An annual celebration of community and wonderful food and wine, the Gala combines two important Benedictine values: hospitality and stewardship. More than 94 percent of Saint Martin’s students receive financial assistance. As we gather together to break bread, we support our students, whose educational dreams are made possible through scholarships funded from the proceeds of this event. 

Alumna Chantal Arevalo '17 delivered a message of appreciation for the support Saint Martin's students receive from these scholarships. Touched by her story, gala attendees contributed more than $570,000 for the University's "Feed-a-Mind" scholarship program in 2018.

2018 Gala chef Roy Yamaguchi with cooks

Gala 2018

This year, more than 600 friends and alumni helped raise more than $1.3 million for student scholarships as we celebrated Saint Martin's history with Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands. Our celebrity guest chef was Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurants.

Honolulu-based James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi ( attributes his appreciation for food to his father, a career military man born and raised on Maui, and to his Okinawan-born mother. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York, where he was exposed to classical traditions, in 1976, he worked at L’Escoffier and L’Ermitage in Los Angeles. The desire to expand his culinary horizons while getting closer to his roots led Roy to open his first Roy’s restaurant in Honolulu in 1988. Today, Roy has 31 restaurants around the globe. To varying degrees, all of Roy’s restaurants honor the rich and diverse culinary traditions of the people of Hawaii. In addition to his restaurants, Roy has written four cookbooks, hosted the PBS series “Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi,” and co-founded and co-chairs the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Gala 2017 host Ming Tsai

Gala history

The Saint Martin's Gala is the University's major fundraising event for student scholarships. Over the years, the black tie affair has grown to be the premier culinary event in the South Sound, featuring a live auction, a five-course gourmet dinner and cooking demonstrations by such renowned chefs as Ming Tsai and Lidia Bastianich. All proceeds from the Saint Martin's Gala directly support student scholarships.