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October 25, 2019
JW Marriott Indianapolis


Alumni Reception 6 p.m.
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p.m.

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thrive gala 2019

Marian University has chosen to thrive, and that calls for celebration! Join us on Friday, October 25 at our Thrive Gala to hear more about how our people and our programs help our students--and greater community--thrive.

More than 2,000 of Indianapolis and surrounding area leaders, new friends, long-time supporters, alumni, and students will come together to celebrate the thriving of Marian University. All proceeds from the Thrive Gala go to support the Forging Leaders initiative-our $250 million fundraising initiative to support to the university’s growth through 2025.

Celebrating

  • 27th Annual Mary McNulty Young '47 Opportunities for Excellence Scholarship Dinner
  • Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Dinner
  • Progress of Forging Leaders: The Legacy We're Made For Initiative

Honorees

Mike Alley
John A. Purdie Innovator Award
Chairman, Patriot Investments, LLC

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Chris LaMothe
Franciscan Values Award
CEO, Elevate Ventures

chris lamothe

The Huntington Family
Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award
In memory of Mary Ann Busemeyer Huntington '57
Jim '17 and Jerilyn '87 Huntington
Christopher Huntington '15

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Emcee

Rafael Sánchez
WRTV-6 Anchor and Reporter
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Rafael Sánchez is a Murrow and multiple Emmy award winning Investigative Reporter/Anchor at WRTV-6-ABC. This past June, he received another Emmy for reporting excellence. 

Every year, Sánchez enjoys participating in about 50 charitable events that raise money and awareness for organizations around Central Indiana. In June in 2017, he completed his 2016-2017 responsibilities as Community Engagement Co-Chair for United Way of Central Indiana and assisted in raising millions of dollars to improve education, financial stability, health and basic needs benefiting thousands of families across our region.

Sánchez came to the Hoosier State from the Bronx, New York to attend Franklin College of Indiana where he triple majored in Journalism, Political Science, and Spanish. As a college trustee of his alma mater, he values the importance that Indiana’s independent private colleges bring to workforce development and minimizing the “brain drain.”


Entertainment

After the dinner and program, the celebration continues with a cocktail lounge reception and dancing to the dynamic music of The Impalas.


JW Mariott Room reservations and parking

Make the most of your evening at Marian's Transformations Gala by taking advantage of a special room discount for gala attendees:

    Parking is available at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Washington Street Garage or the White River State Park Garage. Note parking in both garages may fill quickly. Please allow extra time for Friday rush-hour traffic, to find parking, and make your way into the hotel.​​

    jw marriottJW Marriott Indianapolis
    10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    • Self-parking (no overnight):  $44 per vehicle
    • Valet parking (0-5 hours; no overnight): $49 per vehicle
    • Overnight parking: standard rates

    Washington Street Garage
    401 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    • Connected to JW Marriott via skywalk
    • $20 per vehicle for up to six (6) hours

    White River State Park Garage
    650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    • $15 per vehicle for up to six (6) hours​​

    Forging scholarships equals thriving students

    Scholarships are pivotal in attracting talented students. Your support provides a transformational experience for our students—allowing them to thrive academically, spiritually, personally, and be prepared to lead in their field upon graduation.

    scholarship infographic gala

    Support annual scholarships or establish an endowed scholarships in one of the following areas:

    • Mike Alley Endowed Scholarship
    • Chris LaMothe Endowed Scholarship
    • Huntington Family Endowed Scholarship
    • 21st Century Scholars
    • Bishop Simon Bruté Seminarians
    • Byrum School of Business
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Hispanic-Latin@ Scholars
    • Helping Hand Fund
    • Fred S. Klipsch Educators College
    • Leighton School of Nursing
    • Performing Arts
    • Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University - Indianapolis, Two-Year College
    • San Damiano Scholars
    • Student-Athletes
    Gala

    Sponsorship opportunities

    Reception sponsor: RJE Business Interiors

    RJE sponsor

    Dessert sponsor

    • Recognition on the gala menu card
    • Social media recognition
    • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
    • One table of 10 at the gala with preferred table placement
    • $100,000

    Entertainment sponsor: Fifth Third Bank

    Fifth-third bank sponsor

     Video sponsor

    • Recognition in the gala videos debuting during the event program
    • Social media recognition
    • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
    • One table of 10 at the gala with preferred table placement
    • $100,000

     Alumni Reception Sponsor: Al '62 and Sue Leighton

    Endowed Scholarship sponsor

    • Social media recognition
    • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
    • One table of 10 at the gala
    • $50,000

    Skywalk sponsor

    • Logo included on skywalk over West Street
    • Social media recognition
    • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
    • One table of 10 at the gala
    • $25,000

    Platinum Table sponsor

    • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
    • One table of 10 at the gala
    • $10,000

    Gold Table sponsor

    • Recognition in printed event program
    • One table of 10 at the gala
    • $5,000

    Individual ticket

    • $500

    Pledges for sponsorships can be fulfilled over three to five years. All sponsorships at $50,000 or more are eligible to endow a scholarship in the donor/company's name.




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