18th Annual

Gala of Stars

April 25, 2020 – Canceled

Gala of Stars will not be held on April 25 as planned.

As you are no doubt aware, regional and national developments surrounding COVID-19 continue to change rapidly. A team of faculty, staff and administrators at Concordia University Irvine are meeting regularly to review these developments and continue to keep the campus community informed of new decisions and updates regarding our campus. Information is available on our website at www.cui.edu/coronavirus. A few things that are now in place on campus: On-line classes begin this week, and we are cancelling campus events (e.g. athletics, theatre, arts, etc.) through the end of this academic year.

In light of all of this, the Advancement Department has made the decision not to hold our annual Gala of Stars as planned on April 25. Our donors, parents, students and friends are very important to us, and we do not want to do anything that might jeopardize their health and well being. We feel it is important to follow all the national, state, local and health guidelines given to us.

In the days and months ahead, we will look at virtual opportunities that might be possible to raise scholarship support using our wonderful auction items and through Fund a Need. We will also look at the best way to honor our Servant Leadership Award recipients, Deidre and Albert Pujols. Please contact LaVeda Carter at laveda.carter@cui.edu if you have any questions at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In times like this, it is very important to remember God's promise to always be with us.

The Gala of Stars

Saturday, April 25, 2020
5:00 PM
Concordia University Irvine

Join us for a special "Starry Night" at the Concordia University Irvine Gala of Stars. Enjoy an incredible silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction, and musical entertainment by Concordia students.

The evening showcases Concordia University Irvine’s Performing and Fine Arts students. Proceeds from the Gala of Stars benefit Concordia University Irvine’s student scholarship fund to assist with the education of future leaders. With more than 97 percent of Concordia undergraduate students supported by some form of financial aid, scholarships serve as an important resource to ease the financial burden of higher education.

We are so grateful for the fabulous support of our friends, alumni, and community, who are making it possible for young men and women to receive a Christian education that takes them out into the world as teachers, business professionals, nurses, pastors, scientists, musicians, and many other careers.

Ruth DeNault
2020 Gala Chair

Servant Leadership Award

2019 Gala of Stars Reaches Record High

The Servant Leadership Award honors recipients for their continued demonstration and commitment to their faith, putting the needs of others first, and whose activities have had a significant effect on the lives of others through leadership by serving.

Recipients of the 2020 Servant Leadership Award:
Deidre and Albert Pujols

Deidre Pujols, founder of Open Gate International, which provides job and life skills for survivors of human trafficking, violence and homelessness, will be the honored guest at this year’s Gala of Stars to accept Concordia University’s prestigious “Servant Leadership Award." She and her husband, Albert Pujols, Angels First Baseman also founded Strike Out Slavery, advocating for those in need; and the Pujols Family Foundation, which supports individuals with Down Syndrome, other disabilities and life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship, underwriting, and advertising opportunities are available.

Table layout

Presenting Level Sponsor - $30,000

This level reserved for one organization or individual

  • Name in title rights in promotional materials and program
  • Name and/or logo included in all available promotions
  • Inclusion in University press releases surrounding the event
  • Name and/or logo inclusion on all onsite event signage and collateral
  • One full-page/4-color ad in the program book (premium position inside cover or back cover)
  • Vocal recognition at the Gala
  • Table signage at the Gala
  • Valet or reserved VIP parking for you and your guests
  • Front row table for ten guests
  • Inclusion in the Concordia Pacesetters Club

Platinum Sponsor - $20,000

  • Name and/or logo included in all available promotions
  • Inclusion in University press releases surrounding the event
  • One full-page/4-color ad in the program book (reserved position)
  • Vocal recognition at the Gala
  • Table signage at the Gala
  • Valet or reserved VIP parking for you and your guests
  • Front row table for ten guests
  • Inclusion in the Concordia Pacesetters Club

Gold Sponsor - $15,000

  • Name and/or logo included in all available promotions
  • Inclusion in University press releases surrounding the event
  • One full-page/4-color ad in the program book (reserved position)
  • Vocal recognition at the Gala
  • Table signage at the Gala
  • Valet or reserved VIP parking
  • Reserved table for ten guests within the first 2 rows
  • Inclusion in the Concordia Pacesetters Club

Silver Sponsor - $10,000

  • Name and/or logo included in all available promotions
  • Inclusion in University press releases surrounding the event
  • One full-page/4-color ad in the program book (best available position)
  • Table signage at the Gala
  • Sponsor recognition and listing in the program book
  • Valet or reserved VIP parking
  • Reserved table for ten guests within the first 2 rows
  • Inclusion in the Concordia Pacesetters Club

Bronze Sponsor - $5,000

  • Name and/or logo included on the event website
  • Sponsor recognition and listing in the program book
  • Valet or reserved VIP parking
  • Reserved table for ten guests - rows 4 or higher

Table Sponsor - $3,500

  • Sponsor recognition and listing in the program book
  • Valet or reserved VIP Parking
  • Reserved table for ten guests – row 5 or higher (Fair Market Value is $750.)

Sign up for a Sponsorship

2020 Gala of Stars Registration

2019 Gala of Stars

Contact Us

For more information about the Gala of Stars, please contact LaVeda Carter, Executive Director of Special Events, at (949) 214-3183 or LaVeda.Carter@cui.edu.

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