GALA ND/SMC LA Scholarship Benefit Sponsorship Opportunities

GALA ND/SMC, the LGBT alumni group for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, recently announced the LGBT Student Scholarship Capital Campaign to raise $250,000 over the next five years.

The LGBT Student Scholarship Fund, which was created in the spring of 2015, is to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of St Mary’s and Notre Dame.  To-date, two $2,500 scholarships have been awarded and the process is underway of selecting this year’s recipients to award two more.

On Sunday June 26th, GALA will be holding a benefit to raise money for the scholarship fund.  We are inviting local alumni and friends and expect to have between 60-80 attendees.  Individuals will be asked to donate $100 in addition to a special appeal at the cocktail reception.  More information can be found at LA Scholarship Benefit.

A special VIP Pre-Event Reception will be held where guests can meet openly gay Notre Dame Student Body President Bryan Ricketts ’16.  This will be an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of guests for a $250 donation.

The event will be held at Cody Lassen’s (ND ’09 MBA) home at his beautiful home in Malibu.  Cody serves on the board of GLAAD, and is active in LGBT causes both in LA and on the national level.   The special guest speaker will be West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath (ND ’04) who has been a champion for LGBTQ rights throughout her career.

GALA is seeking sponsorships to help defray costs and for contributions to the scholarship fund. All sponsorships will be included in event promotional materials before and after the event.

 GALA is a 501 (c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization and sponsorship donations are generally considered tax deductable (less the face value of the tickets included).

  • Title Event Sponsor  – $10,000
    • Exclusive (only one available)
    • Ability to speak at the event
    • Logo/Banner displayed at the event
    • Logo and recognition featured on event website
    • 10 tickets to event included
    • 2 tickets to VIP Pre-Event Reception
    • 1 preferred parking pass
  • VIP Pre-Event Reception Sponsor (11:00am-Noon) – $7,500
    • Exclusive (only one available)
    • Logo/Banner displayed at VIP reception
    • Logo and recognition featured on event website
    • Ability to participate in VIP reception (2 tickets included)
    • 1 preferred parking pass
  • Platinum Event Sponsor – $5,000
    • 5 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website
    • 5 tickets to event included
  • Gold Event Sponsor – $2,500
    • 7 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website
    • 3 tickets to event included
  • Blue Event Sponsor – $1,000
    • 10 Available
    • Logo displayed on event website
    • 1 ticket to event included

To sign up for a sponsorship, or for more information, contact GALA Chair Jack Bergen at