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CSUSM Monopoly Gala Banks Record for Scholarships

By Katie Chappell

Cal State San Marcos welcomed 400 alumni and friends for an elegant and playful evening of dinner, dancing and games on campus on Saturday, June 3 for its annual gala. The black-tie affair, co-hosted by CSUSM President Karen Haynes and the CSUSM Foundation Board, raised $167,000 to support scholarships, student programming and the professional development of faculty.

The event theme of “Monopoly” was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game and featured casino games, a live band and guests in costume.

The evening opened with a silent auction and cocktail reception before the program began with a speech from President Haynes.

“Tonight, we come together as more than individuals celebrating a great university,” she said. “We come together as a community that deeply values the transformative impact of higher education.”

Following dinner and a live auction, a video highlighting CSUSM scholarship recipients, Jeff Mata and Catalina Soto was presented. "A Future Worth Fighting For" showcased how donors have positively impacted first-generation students in achieving their academic dreams. The video received a standing ovation and kicked off "raise the paddle, which raised a record number of gifts for scholarships.

In keeping with the gala theme, Haynes said, “In Monopoly, it’s important to see the entire game board and not simply focus on one spot. At CSUSM, we help students see the whole ‘board.’ In readying them for the future, we are building great communities, preparing tomorrow’s leaders and solving critical issues.”

Live music, dancing and more casino games wrapped up the memorable evening.

Watch the video that inspired a record number of gifts. View and download event photos on Flickr.