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.
If you would still like to support Padua students, we invite you to make a gift online.
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Please mark your calendar for next year’s Bruin Benefit on Saturday, April 27, 2024.