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Another resounding success took place last weekend at Chapman University’s annual American Celebration. In its 31st year, the fundraising event that features a Broadway-style show and Gala night, is the university’s largest single annual fundraising event, with proceeds going to Chapman’s Scholarship Fund. This year Chapman met its goal of raising $2 million.

The theme of this year’s 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 Chapman’s 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.

Chapman’s president also announced during the Gala that the Argyos Family Foundation has given an $8 million gift to Chapman University’s Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. The center’s 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 Towne’s , chefs Michael and David Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant & Saloon and Chapman University’s own Ross Pangilinan, Executive Chef of Leatherby’s Café Rouge and District and Executive Chef of Sodexo Campus Services.

OrangeReview.com article posted Nov 7, 2012
Written by Julie Bawden-Davis, Photographed by Jeanine Hill

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