Gifts at Work

The 2009 Founders’ Gala, held on Nov. 14, was a black-tie affair designed to provide much needed scholarship support to current USD students and future Toreros through the newly established Founders’ Endowed Scholarship Fund. The evening included unique silent and live auction items as well as a Fund-A-Torero opportunity to give directly to the scholarship fund. The inaugural event exceeded its $250,000 goal by generating $520,000. Underwriting by Donald and Darlene Shiley and corporate sponsors including Bartell Hotels provided all of the production costs.

USD’s science faculty has received a $211,900 grant from the ALSAM Foundation to design and deliver a science outreach program to students of the Academy of Science at Mater Dei Catholic High School. A team of university faculty will conduct workshops on site, as well as lead area field studies. Additionally, Mater Dei students will participate in labs and seminars at USD.

The School of Law’s legal clinics have received $400,000 to support their work. The money is part of a settlement from a 2002 antitrust and unfair competition case against a producer of smokeless tobacco products. The funds were directed to USD from several law school alumni who worked on the case, including Dan Mogin ‘80, Alex Schack ‘81 and Rhonda Holmes ‘91.

Engraved paver stones for the Student Life Pavilion’s Plaza Mayor have garnered $307,500 to date. Well over 100 friends, parents, alumni, students and staff have purchased personalized stones, leaving a permanent legacy at USD while paving the way for future Toreros. To learn more, call (619) 260-4724 or go to