Bruin Benefit

Bruin Benefit Celebrazione & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Celebrate the mission of Padua Franciscan High School
Saturday, April 27, 2024
6pm – 11pm
Padua Gymnasium

The Bruin Benefit is Padua’s largest fundraising event of the year and all are welcome to attend. Join us for cocktails, appetizers, our Hall of Fame Induction, a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, student entertainment, raffles and an after party.

The proceeds raised at the Bruin Benefit are used to keep tuition affordable and maintain excellent educational programs for all of our families.

We will also honor and induct our 2024 Hall of Fame members:
Outstanding Alumnus:
David Knowles ’65
Bob Kane ’68
Wayne Ligato ’68
Outstanding Alumna:
Beth Biasiotta Adams ’90
Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj Pena ’03
Franciscan Medal Award:
+Deacon Bob and Mary Ann Kaminski
The Kurtz Family of Companies

Tickets are on sale now


Platinum Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

James ’78 and Deb Gaydosh

Gold Sponsors

Ron and Mary Ann Dziedzicki and Family
Loyal and True Foundation

When you become a sponsor of Padua Franciscan High School’s Bruin Benefit, you are doing more than just supporting the school’s largest fundraising event of the year; you are changing the lives of the young men and women of Padua.

Click here for Sponsorship Information


We are currently accepting auction items! With your generous donation of an auction item, you help raise even more funds for our students. Please consider donating: a vacation stay, airline miles, tickets to the theater or concert, electronics, VIP tours, golf packages, beer, wine, liquor, gift cards to restaurants, outdoor items, etc.
Click here for the Donation Form


We made it easy for you to donate an auction item! Check out the Amazon Wish List and ship an item directly to Padua! All donations are tax-deductible.


Purchase raffle tickets


Please contact Special Events Coordinator Amy DiMarco ’91 at or 440-845-8224 x186.

The 31st annual Bruin Benefit Celebrazione raised a record-breaking $398,892 (net) on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

We honored new Hall of Fame members James Gaydosh ’78 (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Dr. Kelly (Smith) Gibson ’00 (Outstanding Alumna Award), Joseph Hanna ’79 and Maria Ramundo (Franciscan Medal Award), and Ray and Eleanor Smiley (Franciscan Medal Award). Each honoree spoke about his or her love for Padua and unending loyalty to the school. Click here to watch their speeches.

President David Stec ’86 and Vice President of Advancement Tony Shuman ’91 brought humor and passion as they led the Hall of Fame Induction, live auction and Fund-A-Bruin segments of the evening.

Senior Abby Recker ’23 shared her moving story about battling cancer and her gratitude for Padua’s supportive faculty, staff and community. Generous donors helped enhance various programs, resources and opportunities, which made all the difference throughout her high school career. She will graduate from Padua with honors and is attending The Ohio State University in the fall.

A special thanks to the benefit sponsors, the generous bidders and the committee who helped make this year’s Celebrazione a success in every way.

Click here to flip through the program.