A note regarding contingency planning: The health and safety of our guests is our priority. Please note that Saint Martin's University hopes to host you and all our guests this November for our annual Gala. However, we will continue to look to guidelines set by the Washington state governor and recommendations of public health officials regarding social gatherings and events. We will make sure to share any updates or changes to this year's Gala event, including format, here as well as directly with our guests.

Photo of celebrity chefs Jacques and Claudine Pepin

Gala 2020

Mark your calendars for this year's scholarship-raising event featuring Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine. As part of our 125th anniversary, we will honor our namesake, Saint Martin of Tours, with a Saint Martin's Gala hosted by Pepin, James Beard Award-winning chef and Dean of Special Programs of the International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute).

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020

Reserve your seat at Gala 2020

For more information, please contact us at 360-438-4323 or special.events@stmartin.edu.

Photo of Ahmadou Seck speaking at Gala 2019

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 2019, alumnus Ahmadou Seck '11delivered a message of appreciation for the financial support Saint Martin's students receive. Touched by his story, gala attendees contributed nearly $645,000 for the University's "Feed-a-Mind" scholarship program.

Photo of celebrity chef Carla Hall cooking at Gala 2019

Gala history

In 2019, more than 600 friends and alumni helped raise $1.4 million for student scholarships. Our celebrity guest chef was Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s award-winning series “The Chew." Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars." Born in Nashville, she grew up surrounded by soul food. A graduate of Howard University's Business School, Hall 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, Hall believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Learn more about past Saint Martin's galas