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.


Ron and Sandi Simon

Receiving 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

2019 Gala Night Sponsors

Brenda and Michael Carver -
  R.J. Noble Company
Sandi and Ron Simon

Joan and George Adams -
  SA Recycling
Jennifer Keller -
  Keller / Anderle LLP
Sherri and Samuel
  Mirejovsky (JD '11)
The J. Grace Foundation
Harry and Diane Rinker
The Crean Foundation
Holly and David Wilson

Automobile Club of
  Southern California
Dr. Rick and Sally Afable
Arnold and Mabel
  Beckman Foundation
Irving and Nancy Chase
Kristin Crellin - SchoolsFirst
  Federal Credit Union
Pamela and Andrew Horowitz
Dr. Assad J. Kazeminy
Joann Leatherby and
  Dr. Greg Bates
Nancy and Richard J.
  Muth (MBA '81) - ORCO Block &
Gail and Ronald E. Soderling

Platinum Syndicated Tickets
The Lloyd and Elisabeth Klein Legacy Foundation

Gold Syndicated Tickets
Marta and Raj Bhathal
Kelly and Jim Mazzo
Rebecca and Carl McLarand
Arthur Mele
George Wall

Bronze Syndicated Tickets
Janae and James E.
  Blalock (JD ’09)
Adam Connors ‘04

Individual Ticket Sponsors
Jennifer Bunt '92 and Ken Bunt '93
Rebecca Hall ’96 and Randy Hall
Ludie and David Henley
Jan and Mark Hilbert
Mark Chapin Johnson ’05, Ph.D.
Doris Longmead ’71
Toni and Jim Wilson

Marilyn Alexander and
  Lee Friedman
Don Crevier

In-Kind Sponsors
Orange County Business Journal
Castle Press

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.