Bruin Benefit

Bruin Benefit Raises Record-Breaking $464,086 

The 32nd annual Bruin Benefit Celebrazione raised a record-breaking $464,086 (net) on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

We honored the following new Hall of Fame inductees for their unending loyalty to the school:

  • David Knowles ’65 – Outstanding Alumnus
  • Bob Kane ’68 – Outstanding Alumnus
  • Wayne Ligato ’68 – Outstanding Alumnus
  • Beth Biasiotta Adams ’90 – Outstanding Alumna
  • Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj Peña ’03 – Outstanding Alumna
  • + Deacon Bob and Mary Ann Kaminski – Franciscan Medal (Couple)
  • The Kurtz Family of Companies – Franciscan Medal (Company)

Click here to watch a video of the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

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 Lance Pickel ’24 shared his story about getting a Padua education, serving on a mission trip to Tanzania, and his gratitude for Padua’s supportive faculty and staff. Generous donors helped enhance various programs, resources and opportunities, which made all the difference throughout his high school career. He will graduate from Padua with honors this spring. He is planning to attend the University of South Carolina or The Ohio State University in the fall.

A special thanks to the Platinum Title sponsors Koler Financial Group and The Kurtz Family of Companies. We are grateful for the additional sponsors, the generous donors, bidders and the committee who helped make this year’s Celebrazione a success in every way.

Click here to flip through the program.

If you would still like to support Padua students, we invite you to make a gift online.

Please mark your calendar for next year’s Bruin Benefit on Saturday, April 26, 2025.


Platinum Title

  • Koler Financial Group
  • The Kurtz Family of Companies

Diamond Sponsors

  • James ’78 and Deb Gaydosh
  • The Jentner Family Fund
  • Petitti Garden Centers & PAS Foundation

Gold Sponsors

  • Ron and Mary Ann Dziedzicki and Family
  • Friends of Padua
  • Iacobelli & Sala
  • Loyal and True Foundation

Silver Sponsors

  • American Fleet Services / Joe and Sandy Schuerger
  • Chuck Bart
  • The Lehman Family Fund
  • Space Comfort
  • Tremont Animal Clinic

Bronze Sponsors

  • Avient
  • Boyko Dental
  • Nick and Beth Iafigliola
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company


  • Technology – Michael Biehl ’74
  • Centerpieces – Heather (Ross) ’89 & Dave Scaglione
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.