We are excited to welcome everyone back to campus for this year's in-person event! The Gala is Saint Martin's annual fundraising event in support of student scholarships. Gala Celebrity Chef Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine will join us for the evening virtually from his home via livestream (watch Jacques' personal message here).The signature black-tie affair will include an exquisite five-course menu, exclusively crafted by Jacques Pépin, with live music and auction plus demos by Jacques. 

Please note: The event is sold-out. Click on the buttons below to join the waitlist or make a gift to the Feed-A-Mind Scholarship to support Saint Martin's students or volunteer at the event. This year, we will also host an online auction, starting Monday, November 1 and closing on Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m. Check back for details!

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Event Schedule:
Saturday, November 6, 2021
5 p.m. - Reception at the Charneski Recreation Center
6 p.m. - Dinner, live auction and music at the Marcus Pavilion

Gala 2021: November 6, 2021

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 update: Our community's health and safety are of utmost importance. Following current Thurston County guidelines and our university campus requirements, all guests, staff, vendors and volunteers must 1) wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, when not eating or drinking at the event and 2) report prior to the event whether they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If partially vaccinated or not vaccinated, individuals can still attend the event but must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours before the day of the event. Note: Rapid tests will not be provided the night of the event. Please report vaccination status by Monday, November 1.

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Photo of celebrity chefs Jacques and Claudine Pepin

Jacques and Claudine Pépin

James Beard Award-winning chef Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine will join us live from his kitchen via livestream for this event. In addition to 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, Pépin is the recipient of three of the French government’s highest honors: the Chevalier de L’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and the Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. He is a founder of The American Institute of Wine and Food, a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, and dean of special programs of the International Culinary Center.

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. 

Saint Martin's Gala history

Gala Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you to our generous Gala sponsors and supporters!

Sponsor LevelSponsor Name
Presenting SponsorBon Appetit Management Co.
Broadcast Media SponsorKCTS-9
Celebrity Photo SponsorAurora Lasik
Gala Reception SponsorWSECU
Hospitality SponsorColumbia Hospitality
Print SponsorCapitol City Press
Media SponsorSouth Sound Magazine
Print Media SponsorShowcase Magazine
Coffee SponsorBatdorf & Bronson Coffee Roastery
Kitchen SponsorRob Rice Homes
Live Auction SponsorChicago Title - Thurston County
Valet & Online Auction SponsorHanson Subaru
Wine Glass SponsorSunset Air, Inc.
Raffle SponsorPanowicz Jewelers
Wine Sponsor

Eola Hills

Vehrs Distributing Company

Celebrity Runway Sponsor

Heritage Distilling

Seattle Distilling

VIP Gift SponsorDrees of Olympia
Student Reception SponsorECS
Gala Scholarship SponsorLaird Norton Company
Chocolate Sponsor Coco Sherrie '


St. Martin's Table SponsorSt. Benedict's Table SponsorSt. Gertrude's Table Sponsor

Forma Construction

Dino Batali '59Christopher '80 & Lisa Thomsen

Joe & Liz Williams

Dr. Richard B. Hecker '81 and Dr. Kelly SpenceCliff & Jackie Quisenberry
 Debbie Hodous & Pat GeigerColdwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, INC. 
 Heye FamilyCommencement Bay Brokers
 John & Michelle RielDiamond Technology Innovations / Jernigan Foundation
 MJR DevelopmentDr. T Dental
 Pho BacGreat Western Supply
 St. James CathedralHarbor Wholesale
 Tedi Reynolds '71 & Mark Templeton '69Kathleen O'Grady

The Rants Group

Kathy & Gordon Beecher
 Toni Christy '04, MBA'06Lemon Family Dental
 Waite '65 & Patty DalrympleOlympia Federal Savings
  Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
  Olympia Tumwater Foundation
  Perry '84 & Susan Shea
  Pope John Paul II High School
  Puget Sound Energy
  Rick & Pam Panowicz
  Rockefeller Capital Management/Bloom Williams Group
  Saint Martin's University Nursing Department
  South Puget Sound Community College
  Sunset Air, Inc.
  SW Providence Health & Services
  The Creative Office
  Timberland Bank
  Tovani Hart
  TwinStar Credit Union
  U.S. Bank
  Virgil Adams Real Estate

Thank you to our $2,500 sponsors!