College of Performing Arts students performing at Chapman Celebrates Gala Night 2018
Chapman Celebrates

» 39th Annual Gala Night

Chapman Celebrates is the University's largest single fundraiser for scholarship support. This year's Gala Night will be held on

Saturday, November 2, 2019! 

Honorees for the gala have already been selected and they are impressive.

Citizens of the Year Honorees, Ron and Sandi SimonReceiving the Citizens of the Year Award are Ron and Sandi Simon, one of Orange County's most philanthropic couples. Ron, a Chapman University Trustee, is founder of the "Simon Scholars Program" and is founder and chairman of Simon Foundation for Education and Housing, a nationally philanthropic STEM funder. 



Vanessa Williams, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts recipientThe Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award will go to Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and American Music Award nominated actress and singer Vanessa Williams. Ms. Williams has achieved a remarkable career and has been nominated for and won numerous awards in the entertainment industry. She is currently a proud parent of a Chapman student. 


Brenda Brkusic, Alumni Achievement Award WinnerThe Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to multiple Emmy award-winning producer and seasoned television executive Brenda Brkusic Milinkovic '04. Ms. Milinkovic began her broadcast career at PBS SoCal in Los Angeles and is now the Director of Programming and Development at NBCUniversal. 



Gala Night

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Musco Center for the Arts
Chapman University

5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m. Stage Show

8:00 p.m. Gala Dinner

For questions regarding tickets and sponsorship please contact
Tami R. Thompson
Director of External Relations
(714) 744-7031

2018 Gala Night Sponsors

Brenda and Michael Carver | R.J. Noble Company

Sandi and Ron Simon

Joan and George Adams
Ninetta and Gavin S. Herbert, Sr.
Kelly and Jim Mazzo
Daniel Temianka, M.D. and Zeinab Dabbah, M.D. (JD '12)

Dr. Rick and Sally Affable
Kay and James P. Burra
Irving and Nancy Chase
Laura and Paul Cook
Kristin Crellin | SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
Pamela and Andrew Horowitz
Joann Leatherby and Dr. Greg Bates
Melinda Masson | Masson Family Foundation
Nancy and Richard J. Muth '81 | ORCO Block & Hardscape
Gail and Ronald E. Soderling
Whittier Trust Wealth Management

Shannon and George L.
Argyros, Jr. ’89 (JD ’01)

Platinum Syndicated Tickets
Lloyd & Elisabeth Klein Legacy Foundation

Silver Syndicated Tickets
Marilyn Alexander and Lee Friedman

Individual Ticket Sponsors
Rebecca Hall ’96 and Randy Hall
Dennis Kuhl

Dr. Karen Wilkinson and Rev. Reginald Lancaster

In-Kind Sponsors
Orange County Business Journal

Isaak Momsen singing in the 2019 gala stage show

Isaak Momsen '20

“Since I arrived at Chapman I have been constantly developing as a student through the assistance and care of my professors and as a person through all of the amazing people I have met here.”

Isaak is a vocal performance major at Chapman and a scholarship recipient.