The 30th Bruin Benefit Celebrazione was one big party in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Padua educating young men and women. It raised a record-breaking $348,180 (net) on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
We honored new Hall of Fame members, Father Bob Stec ’79 (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Heather (Ross) Scaglione ’89 (Outstanding Alumna Award), Br. Thom Smith, ofm (Franciscan Medal Award – Individual) and Koler Financial Group (Franciscan Medal Award – Company). The video tributes to them were heartfelt, funny and sincere as family, friends and colleagues shared their reflections. Each honoree spoke about their love for Padua and their unending loyalty to the school.
This year’s event was again hybrid with guests streaming the program live from the comfort of their homes, as well as 300 guests celebrating in-person in the Padua Gymnasium. Benny Frostino ’22 shared his story and gratitude with the Padua community. Generous donors helped enhance various programs, resources and opportunities, which made all the difference throughout his high school career. The rest of his story is history; he will graduate with honors later this month and attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall, where he will study neuroscience. Benny represents just one of many students who succeed through the generosity of our Padua benefactors.
The duet of President David Stec ’86 and Principal Bob DiRocco entertained the guests by singing, “That’s Amore.” Mr. Stec brought humor and passion as he led the Hall of Fame Induction, live auction and Fund-A-Bruin segments of the evening. Virtual and in-person guests had fun bidding on several new and exciting offerings, including watching a game from The Sherwin-Williams Company/Guardians mega loge, a private duck hunt, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon whiskey, a weekend stay at Lakeside Chautauqua and a private tour of the Goodyear Blimp hangar.
The 50/50 raffle generated more than $10,000. The split was graciously donated back to Padua by the winner Dan Schroeder. Father Bob Stec ‘79 won the $3,000 tuition voucher raffle for next school year.
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 watch a recording of the event.
Click here to flip through the program booklet.
Please mark your calendar for next year’s 31st Bruin Benefit – Saturday, April 29, 2023.