Bruin Benefit Raises Record-Breaking $231,000

DSC_2265The 25th annual Bruin Benefit dinner and auction raised a record-breaking $231,000 on April 22, 2017.

The evening featured a special level of excitement this year when it was announced that the PaduaPlus+ Campaign has reached the $4 million mark. President Fr. Allan DaCorte, ofm shared his vision for Padua and how the PaduaPlus+ Campaign is transforming the school, positively impacting the educational experience for current and future Bruins. Marty Zanotti ’70, campaign co-chair, inspired the crowd with his comments about what it meant to him to play a leadership role in the most successful campaign in the school’s history.

Donor (Fredecker family)

The announcement of the $500,000 gift from the Fredecker Family Foundation was the highlight of the campaign program, with 330 guests raising their champagne flutes in a celebratory toast.

Both the silent and live auction included several new, interesting offerings, including a NASCAR experience in Miami, FL, the ever popular Cavs game package, a framed Fritsche Blue Jackets jersey, and an Island Getaway in Marblehead. The raffle item was a limited edition Swarovski crystal bear donated by Joe and Theresa Parente.

FoodGuests capped off the evening at the coffee bar with fancy liqueurs, homemade Italian cookies, and fine chocolates, all donated by Padua’s faculty and staff. Special thanks to the 2017 benefit committee, the Koler family who served as honorary chairpersons, and the countless student and parent volunteers who made the evening a success.

Donor Check (Dave Zavagno '72)  DSC_2178Mustees  Dave Stec '86 Auctioneer Marti ZanottiBill Melchior ‘65 Committee MemberDSC_2198Sarah Knowles Polo '96 (daughter) and David Knowles ’65 (father who is a board member) DSC_2191 Amy DiMarco '91 Events Coordinator and husband Dan DiMarco '91 DSC_2195DSC_2278 DSC_2275DSC_2170 DSC_2176 DSC_2174 DSC_2173 DSC_2172 DSC_2171 DSC_2169 DSC_2168 DSC_2167 DSC_2166 Swarovski Crystal Bear DSC_2177 DSC_2182