Attendees of the Red Carpet Centennial Gala on June 22 will be treated like stars.
Fittingly, the evening is designed to feel like the Oscars, with all the elegance and glamour of Hollywood transported to the Winona campus.
Searchlights will illuminate the way to this culminating Centennial event, to be held during the All-School Reunion weekend, June 21-23.
Here is just some of what’s in store…
- Hundreds of guests in formal attire will walk the red carpet from valet parking through staged paparazzi and into the
- A transformed fieldhouse will include a spectacle of crystal, glass, draped fabrics and lounge seating.
- Guests will enjoy a visual treat with carved ice and memorable photograph displays.
- A live video feed will reveal guests arriving on the red carpet.
- Specialty drinks will be created.
- Butlered hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
- A sit-down gourmet dinner will be served under suspended chandeliers, creating a fantasy of light.
Emcee Bill Lunn ’87, news anchor
Bill Lunn ’87, news anchor of KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities will return to his alma mater, bringing a wealth of experience covering national breaking news stories, as well as touching features from around the state “I’m proud to be master of ceremonies for Saint Mary’s Red Carpet Centennial Gala,” he said. “Two generations of my family have attended Saint Mary’s, and it’s had a profound impact on our lives. The university has many distinguished alumni, so it’s humbling to be playing a role in this momentous celebration. “I can’t think of a better place to attend college. Saint Mary’s inspired me to take the path I did in life. The campus is stunning, the faculty engaging, and the students always friendly. I’m proud that my alma mater continues to grow and reach new people. Saint Mary’s University is a thriving institution with a bright outlook for the next 100 years.”
- Mike ’62 and Joette Gostomski of Winona will be presented with the second annual Saint Mary’s University Heritage Award. The Heritage Award honors special individuals whose generous lifetime philanthropy has significantly transformed Saint Mary’s University. Mike has served on the university’s Board of Trustees for 17 years. The Gostomskis’ generosity through gifts of time, talent and treasure knows no bounds as they have supported numerous university initiatives. Their largest single gift to the university made possible the completion of the athletics fieldhouse complex bearing their name. They have also partnered with Saint Mary’s and the Wasie Foundation for over a decade to support full scholarships for students from Poland. Other gifts to the university include support of the First-Generation Initiative, as well as other campus expansion and facilities projects. Mike is a tireless promoter of all things Saint Mary’s, and speaks proudly of the impact Saint Mary’s had on his own successes as a local entrepreneur — one of the original founders of Fastenal Company and current president/CEO of Winona Heating and Ventilating, Inc.
- Two special recognitions will honor the influence the Christian Brothers have had on Saint Mary’s. Their dedication to teaching, their inspirational leadership and formation, and the care and concern they have shown students will be acknowledged. Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, the 27th Superior General, will accept a Centennial Award on behalf of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor, will accept a Centennial Award on behalf of the Midwest District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
- The 17-piece John Paulson Big Band Comprised of area music educators and outstanding soloists, the big band will perform blues-based contemporary jazz pieces composed and arranged by John Paulson, retired long-time professor of music at Saint Mary’s.
- Nicholas David (finalist on NBC’s The Voice) and his band A vibrant, dynamic, and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from Saint Paul, Minn., Nicholas David (Mrozinski) is known for his powerful voice, enriching lyrics, and liquid piano playing. (Photo credit: A Frame Forward Photography)
Steve Coman ’78 and his business RES Specialty Pyrotechnics
The Winona campus will come alive with light in celebration of SMU’s Centennial. A spectacular fireworks show will incorporate music and imagery, including a portion of the “Centennial Suite” of commissioned music pieces by Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven of the SMU Music Department.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: mysmumn.org/gala