Photo of Carla Hall with two guest chefs at Gala 2019

Gala 2019

On Nov. 2, Saint Martin’s University welcomed celebrity chef, author, TV personality & restaurateur Carla Hall for Gala 2019. We enjoyed a black-tie gourmet evening that included an exquisite five-course dinner, cooking demos, and a live auction benefiting Saint Martin’s student scholarships.

Thank you to Carla Hall, alumnus Ahmadou Seck '11, and our generous donors for helping make this event a huge success!

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Photo of celebrity chefs Jacques and Claudine Pepin

Save the date: Gala 2020

Mark your calendars for next 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

Registration link for Gala 2020 coming soon.

For more information, please contact Mariel Garcia at 360-438-4323 or

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

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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