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.

Celebrity chef, author, TV personality & restaurateur Carla Hall standing in front of a wall of photos with lemonade in her hand

Gala 2019

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 at 5 p.m.
Marcus Pavilion

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

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Alumna Chantal Arevalo '17 delivering a message of appreciation for the support Saint Martin's students receive from these scholarships in 2018

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.

Roy Yamaguchi with cooks at Gala 2018

Gala history

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

Saint Benedict table sponsors

Saint Gertrude table sponsors

  • Armandino ’59 & Marylin Batali
  • Kathy & Gordon Beecher
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Commencement Bay Brokers
  • Evergreen Olympic Realty (Ken & Nancy Anderson)
  • Waite ’65 & Patty Dalrymple
  • Diamond Technology Innovations
  • Great Western Supply (Dan ’68 and Carla O’Neill)
  • Grey Ghost, LLC
  • Heritage Bank
  • Jernigan Foundation
  • Kathleen O’Grady
  • Lemon Family Dental
  • Microsoft
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Olympia Federal Savings
  • Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
  • Panogiotu Pension Advisors
  • Panorama
  • Rick & Pam Panowicz
  • Providence Health & Service
  • Propel Insurance
  • 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

Hotel accomodations

Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia/Lacey 
Gala standard/suite room rate: $129/$149 per night
Reference code: 0003188600

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lacey
Gala room rate: $99 per night, includes breakfast
Group code: GALA
Reserve Holiday Inn Express & Suites online 

Hotel RL, Olympia
Gala room rate: $99 per night
Group code: SMUGALA1
1-800-REDLION (1-800-733-5466)
Reserve Hotel RL online 
Reserve by Oct. 18, 2019

Ramada Olympia
Gala room rate: $99.75 + tax per night
Group code: SMU Gala 2019
Reserve by Oct. 28, 2019