Over $2.7 million raised!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year's Gala! We were excited to welcome everyone back to campus for our annual fundraising event. With everyone's support, we were able to raise a record-breaking $2.7 million for student scholarships! The signature black-tie affair included an exquisite five-course menu, exclusively crafted by Jacques Pépin, with live music and auction plus demos by Jacques. 

If you have not already given or if you would like to give more, you can still donate to the Feed-A-Mind Scholarship via the link below.

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Gala 2021: November 6, 2021

Online & Silent Auction

The online and silent auctions are now closed. There were a huge success! Thank you for your support. If you were the winning bid, you should be receiving notification soon, or you can contact gala@stmartin.edu.

Gala student speaker Kat Jamerson '23

Gala photo booth pictures

Thank you to all our guests who attended the live event! We hope you enjoyed the evening and thank you for helping us keep the event healthy and safe. We will have photos from the photo booth up shortly. (Pictured: Gala 2021 student speaker Kat Jamerson '23)


Photo of celebrity chefs Jacques and Claudine Pepin

Jacques and Claudine Pépin

Thank you to James Beard Award-winning chef Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine, who joined us live from his kitchen via livestream for this event. Jacques shared many favorite culinary techniques and recipes. Attendees also got an exclusive tour of his kitchen, art studio and home. We will announce the 2022 Gala format and chef in the coming months!

Gala 2021 room

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 DevelopmentDrs. Attila HS’74,’78 and Katalin Talaber
 Pho BacGreat Western Supply
 St. James Cathedral/ Fr. Michael G. Ryan Harbor 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
  Panowicz Jewelers 
  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!

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. (Pictured: Gala 2019 alumnus speaker Ahmadou Seck '11)

Saint Martin's Gala history