MCU’s 50th Anniversary Gala Most Successful on Record


Tua Luce Dirige, Marymount California University’s biennial gala held last month was a resounding success!

That’s not just because it was a sold-out event or that guests were treated to a special private concert by world-class composer & jazz pianist David Benoit. It wasn’t just because of the lively live auction bidding, or that the Bid from the Heart produced the highest number scholarship pledges ever at a Marymount Gala, or that the event attracted the most Gala sponsors ever. It wasn’t just for the heartwarming tribute to Sister Antoine Marie Baurier – though these all were amazing.

The event was a success because of all the genuine love and spirit of Marymount that was shared in the room by old friends and new.

The event was held the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018, on the university’s picturesque Oceanview Campus. Marymount was honored to host so many attendees from the religious community, including Father Randy Campos, Father Jonathan Meyer, Sister Antoine Marie Baurier, Sister Joan Treacy and Father Mark Villano — just to name a few.

The live auction bidding was fast & furious, especially at the end of the night during the $100 category for our Bid From The Heart Scholarship auction. Dozens of bidders furiously bid multiple amounts of $100 to be the final bidder who won an Apple Watch.  Event volunteers had trouble keeping up with all the bids!

The Bid From The Heart was actually kicked off by a surprise $25,000 gift by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the religious order that includes Sister Antoine Marie Baurier.  The moment of their generous bid in honor of Sister Antoine set the stage for a wonderful evening of giving, generosity and gratitude.

During the live auction, the back-and-forth for the highly coveted flight aboard the Goodyear Blimp “Wingfoot Two” went for $5,200! Also auctioned off were: a Sedona vacation for $3,800; a stay at Terranea Resort for $3,400 and a stay at the lovely La Quinta Resort for $3,000.

“The best part of our 50th anniversary gala was the genuine love and spirit of Marymount present in the room that was shared by friends both old and new,” said Marymount California University president Brain Marcotte. “It was a truly memorable evening that highlighted the unique heritage and journey of our university. That it also was our most successful gala in terms of attendance and fundraising is just icing on the cake.”

Overall, the 2018 Gala exceeded its goal of raising $50,000 for the Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier Scholarship Fund and as a whole netted over $100,000.  Marymount California University wishes to thank all those who made this success possible!

Click here to see a slideshow of the event.