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Chapman Celebrates


Saturday, November 4

» Gala Night

Every year, Chapman Celebrates transforms our university with the magic of Broadway in a heart-pounding showcase of talent and artistry – brought to the stage in part by your support. For nearly four decades, students in our College of the Performing Arts have had the opportunity to delight and amaze our supportive Chapman Family with professional-caliber song and dance performances.

Throughout the history of Chapman Celebrates, philanthropic friends like you have come together and invested more than $30 million in the futures of our talented students – some of whom grace the stage that very night. Without the generosity and vision of donors like you, the life-changing opportunity of a Chapman college education might not be possible for many of our students.

Please join us for Chapman Celebrates, a thrilling night showcasing student talent, alumni achievement and philanthropy.

Citizens of the Year

Dale E Fowler '58 and Sarah Ann Fowler Our 2017 Citizens of the Year, Trustee Dale E. Fowler ’58 and Sarah Ann Fowler, are two icons of Chapman University. Their names resonate across our campus and within our Chapman Family. Dedicated philanthropist, Dale and Ann share the belief that a successful future lies in the strength of values-based education and supporting the communities that surround them. They have been true champions of Chapman University, with philanthropic contributions totaling more than $100 million to a range of priorities.

Married for more than 50 years, Ann and Dale are dedicated parents and grandparents in a family where the Chapman connection runs deep. Two of their three children, Jeffrey Fowler ‘88 and Kathryn (Fowler) Flattum ’88, are Chapman alumni. Dale and Ann’s granddaughter Sarah Robblee, Ph.D., is currently a professor at Chapman. The Fowlers have ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and divide their time between residences in Massachusetts and Southern California.

Alumni Achievement in the Arts

Ross '07 and Matt '07 Duffer creators of the Netflix hit Stranger Things This year we are proud to honor Dodge College alumni Matt Duffer ’07 and Ross Duffer ’07, writers, directors and executive producers of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things, with the 2017 Alumni Achievement in the Arts award.

Matt and Ross Duffer, known professionally as The Duffer Brothers, have earned a name for themselves in the entertainment industry as masters of science-fiction and horror. Stranger Things has garnered over 50 awards nominations, including those from the Golden Globes, the Grammys, SAG, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, the Art Directors Guild and the People’s Choice Awards, among many others. The highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix in October.

Gala Night

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Musco Center for the Arts
Chapman University

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Stage Show
8:30 p.m. Gala Dinner

Gala Night Chairs
Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde

Gala Night Vice Chairs
Kerry and Gavin S. Herbert, Jr.

Honorary Chairs
Julianna and George L. Argyros '59

Justice Crudup '17, Political Science Major
"I want to thank you for providing me with the opportunity to be the first in my family to go to college. I never thought that I would go, because I come from a lower income family. The day I was accepted at Chapman, my eyes were opened to all the other achievements that I can accomplish. Hopefully, in my last year at Chapman I can give back to the community that accepted me when nobody else believed in me. Thank you for your contribution; it's supporting students like me, who truly wouldn't be able to achieve success without it."
Justice Crudup '17, political science major