Co-host of ABC’s award-winning series “The Chew,” Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars." Born in Nashville, Carla grew up surrounded by soul food. A graduate of Howard University's Business School, she worked as an accountant before switching careers to become a runway model. Traveling through Europe, she realized her true passion for food. She became a trained chef, working in several restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. Today, Carla believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.
1200+ Students with scholarship need
$1.3M+ Raised during Gala 2018
$570K Raised for "Feed-a-Mind" scholarships
Saint Martin’s University welcomes celebrity chef, author, TV personality & restaurateur Carla Hall. Join us for a black-tie gourmet evening that includes an exquisite five-course dinner, cooking demos, and a live auction benefiting Saint Martin’s student scholarships.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
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For more information, please contact Mariel Garcia at 360-438-4323 or MGarcia@stmartin.edu.
The importance of scholarships
The Gala is Saint Martin's signature student scholarship fundraising event. An annual celebration of community, food and wine, the Gala combines two important Benedictine values: hospitality and stewardship. As we gather to break bread, we support our students, whose educational dreams are made possible through scholarships funded from the proceeds of this event.
In 2018, Alumna Chantal Arevalo '17 delivered a message of appreciation for the financial support Saint Martin's students receive. Touched by her story, gala attendees contributed more than $570,000 for the University's "Feed-a-Mind" scholarship program.
In 2018, 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.
Today, Roy has 31 restaurants around the globe. 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.
Learn more about past Saint Martin's galas
2019 table sponsors
Saint Martin's table sponsor
- Joe & Liz Williams
Saint Benedict table sponsors
- Capital West Executive Car Service
- MJR Development
- Simmonds Chiropractic
- The Rants Group (Pat & Helen Rants)
Saint Gertrude table sponsors
- Armandino ’59 & Marylin Batali
- Kathy & Gordon Beecher
- Coldwell Banker
- Evergreen Olympic Realty (Ken & Nancy Anderson)
- Waite ’65 & Patty Dalrymple
- Diamond Technology Innovations/Jernigan Foundation
- Great Western Supply (Dan ’68 and Carla O’Neill)
- Grey Ghost, LLC
- Heritage Bank
- Kathleen O’Grady
- Olympia Federal Savings
- Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
- Panogiotu Pension Advisors
- Rick & Pam Panowicz
- Providence Health & Service
- Propel Insurance/Moss Adams LLP
- John & Michelle Riel
- Saint Martin’s University Nursing Department (Teri Woo)
- South Puget Sound Community College
- Sunset Air
- Timberland Bank
- Tovani Hart
- TwinStar Credit Union
- US Bank
- Virgil Adams Real Estate