A Signature Celebration for Scholarship Support
This year's Chapman Celebrates will honor friends, supporters and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir.
Originally posted: September 11, 2018It started in the ballroom of an Anaheim hotel, where a few hundred close friends of what was then Chapman College gathered for the annual Founder's Day event. The celebration featured a program of choral music built around a simple theme: American renewal.
In the 37 autumns since, Chapman has gone from a college to a university, launched a renowned College of Performing Arts, built world-class Musco Center for the Arts and opened the Keck Center for Science and Engineering.
Chapman Celebrates also has grown into a spirited tradition, featuring a crowd-pleasing Broadway-style revue and an elegant candlelit evening attended by the county's leading philanthropists, all to support student scholarships at Chapman. This year Chapman Celebrates takes the stage Saturday, Nov. 2, at Musco Center.
It promises to be as dazzling as ever. The 2018 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award recipient is none other than founding Grateful Dead member and Chapman parent, guitarist Bob Weir. Commemorative T-shirts bearing Grateful Dead-inspired artwork by Taylor Peck '14 are on sale for $28 in the Agora Gift Shop and online at chapmanstore.com. Proceeds from T-shirt sales also benefit the scholarship fund.
Longtime Chapman friends and supporters Daniel Temianka, M.D., and Trustee Zeinab H. Dabbah, M.D., (JD '12) are the 2018 Citizens of the Year.
"Every year is exciting, every year is different, and yet one thing remains the same: The lives of our students are forever changed by the generosity of donors," says Akin Ceylan '90, co-chair with his wife, Cyndi, for Chapman Celebrates 2018.
A Talent Showcase
This year's show salutes movie and television entertainment, and a hallmark of the production will be the considerable talents of the student performers. Early auditions and work with lead soloists began in March, and the full cast was selected at auditions held during the first week of classes.
From there it's been nonstop rehearsals, says Giulio Ongaro, Ph.D., dean of the College of Performing Arts and producer of the show, along with award-winning playwright and actor Matthew McCray '98.
If You Go
The informal and festive Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 2, and opens with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:30 p.m. show. Ticket information is available at chapman.universitytickets.com.
Gala Night on Saturday, Nov. 3, opens with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by the show, dinner and dancing. For questions regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tami R. Thompson at 714-744-7031 or email@example.com.
Throughout its 37 years, the event also has paid tribute to stalwarts of Orange County philanthropy, starting in 1981 with Arnold O. Beckman and Carl Karcher, as well as the Knott and Segerstrom families.
In 1996, the gala show began to honor greats of stage and screen with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. Among those recognized have been Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Tommy Tune, Mitzi Gaynor, Jerry Lewis and Annette Bening.
In 2002, the event honored Chapman's own beloved music faculty member William Hall, DMA, now artistic director and founding dean of Musco Center for the Arts.
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