Another resounding success took place last weekend at Chapman Universitys annual American Celebration. In its 31st year, the fundraising event that features a Broadway-style show and Gala night, is the universitys largest single annual fundraising event, with proceeds going to Chapmans Scholarship Fund. This year Chapman met its goal of raising $2 million.
The theme of this years Broadway-style song-and-dance show was We Make Stars, and the stage show focused on numbers about show business. Performed by talented students from Chapmans College of Performing Arts (CoPA), performances included Dancing from Hello, Dolly! and Yankee Doodle Dandy from George M!
Each year at the event, an entertainment industry legend is honored. This year Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) received the honor. Recognized with the 2012 Citizens of the Year award were philanthropists Catherine and James Emmi, and Matthew McCray 98 received the 2012 Alumni in the Arts Award. McCray is founding artistic director of the Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE) in Los Angeles.
Chapmans president James Doti also announced during the Gala that the Argyos Family Foundation has given an $8 million gift to Chapman Universitys Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. The centers 1,050-seat main concert space will be named the Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall.
In addition, donors at the Gala had the pleasure of learning about some of the many scholarship recipients who have had the privilege of being awarded scholarships, such as Angel Flores 13, who is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy, Erica Halie Comp 15, who is majoring in Economics, Madeline Spellerberg 14, who is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Justin Benitez 13, who is majoring in Creative Producing.
On Gala night, the show is followed by elegant dinner and dancing in the Gala Tent. Food featured at the event was provided by various area chefs, including Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna, Gabriela Patrick-Salazar of Old Townes Gabbis Mexican Kitchen, chefs Michael and David Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant & Saloon and Chapman Universitys own Ross Pangilinan, Executive Chef of Leatherbys Café Rouge and District and Executive Chef Jim Douglas of Sodexo Campus Services.
OrangeReview.com article posted Nov 7, 2012
Written by Julie Bawden-Davis, Photographed by Jeanine Hill
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