Saint Martin’s Gala, with Legend Jacques Pépin, Raises $2.7 Million for Student Scholarships

Friends and alumni reunited to help Saint Martin’s University raise a record-breaking $2.7 million for student scholarships at the Saint Martin’s Gala, held on the University’s Lacey campus. This year’s Gala, in-person after a one-year hiatus, featured James Beard Award-winning chef and culinary legend Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine who joined via livestream from Pépin’s home kitchen in Connecticut to share some of his favorite cooking techniques and recipes.

President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. shared, “Not only does [the Gala] demonstrate our Benedictine values of community, hospitality and stewardship, but it also helps the University raise significant funds for student scholarships. It is thanks in part to our donors, sponsors and friends of the University that we are able to provide exceptional financial support to our students, some of whose families are needing even more support due to COVID.”