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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Gala Sponsors & Supporters
Thank you to our generous Gala sponsors and supporters!
|Sponsor Level||Sponsor Name|
|Presenting Sponsor||Bon Appetit Management Co.|
|Broadcast Media Sponsor||KCTS-9|
|Celebrity Photo Sponsor||Aurora Lasik|
|Gala Reception Sponsor||WSECU|
|Hospitality Sponsor||Columbia Hospitality|
|Print Sponsor||Capitol City Press|
|Media Sponsor||South Sound Magazine|
|Print Media Sponsor||Showcase Magazine|
|Coffee Sponsor||Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roastery|
|Kitchen Sponsor||Rob Rice Homes|
|Live Auction Sponsor||Chicago Title - Thurston County|
|Valet & Online Auction Sponsor||Hanson Subaru|
|Wine Glass Sponsor||Sunset Air, Inc.|
|Raffle Sponsor||Panowicz Jewelers|
|Celebrity Runway Sponsor|
|VIP Gift Sponsor||Drees of Olympia|
|Student Reception Sponsor||ECS|
|Gala Scholarship Sponsor||Laird Norton Company|
|Chocolate Sponsor||Coco Sherrie '|
Thank you to our $2,500 sponsors!