The Saint Martin's Gala is the University's major fundraising event for student scholarships. Over the years, the black tie affair has grown to be the premier culinary event in the South Sound, featuring a live auction, a five-course gourmet dinner and cooking demonstrations by such renowned chefs as Ming Tsai and Lidia Bastianich. All proceeds from the Saint Martin's Gala directly support student scholarships.

Gala International

Gala 2016 was the first gala to highlight one of the University's many international partnerships and initiatives, focusing on Brazil. Gala 2017 will focus on China.

Gala 2016: Brazil with Andrew Zimmern and Ligia Karazawa

Gala 2016: Brazil

November 5, 2016
Celebrity hosts: Andrew Zimmern and Ligia Karazawa (Facebook album)
Alumni speakers: Crystal Maria ’13 and Dillon Linhart ’14
$1.1 million raised

Past Galas

Gala 2015: The CHEW with Mario Batali, Clinton Kelly, Michael Symon and Carla Hall

Gala 2015: The CHEW

November 7, 2015
Celebrity hosts: The CHEW cast, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall (Facebook album)
Student speaker: Deveney De La Cruz ’15, business major
$1.6 million raised

Gala 2014: Lidia Bastianich

Gala 2014: Lidia Bastianich

November 1, 2014
Celebrity host: Lidia Bastianich
Student speaker: Ben Lopez ’15, interdisciplinary major
$891,000 raised

Gala 2013: Michael Symon

Gala 2013: Michael Symon

November 2, 2013
Celebrity host: Michael Symon
Student speaker: Dillon Linhart ’14, biology major
$960,000 raised

Gala 2012: Guy Fieri

Gala 2012: Guy Fieri

November 3, 2012
Celebrity host: Guy Fieri (Facebook album)
Student speaker: Crystal Maria ’13, political science
$760,000 raised

Gala 2011: Mario Batali

Gala 2011: Mario Batali

November 5, 2011
Celebrity host: Mario Batali (Facebook album)
Student speaker: Jonathon Hew Len ’12, criminal justice
$608,000 raised

Interested in becoming a Gala sponsor?

We are grateful to the many generous donors and sponsors who have helped Saint Martin's Gala become the South Sound's fundraising and culinary event of the year! If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor for this year's Saint Martin's Gala: China, please contact Dana Pethia, our director of fundraising events and corporate sponsors. If you are interested in purchasing a table for this event, you can visit our Saint Martin's Gala: China registration page.