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| December 21, 2011 | Parties National

Chapman University’s American Celebration Gala

Legendary—the word is still ringing in the ears of the more than 700 guests who gathered at Chapman University for its 30th annual American Celebration Gala. The night began with a reception and ended with dinner and dancing—but the highlight was the Broadway-style revue performed by students in between. The show celebrated the school’s 150-year history and included hits like “Stand by Me” to recognize special honoree Mike Stoller. But the evening wasn’t complete without onstage appearances by President Jim Doti and supporter Julianne Argyros, and a surprise—a $2 million gift from Wylie and Bette Aitken for Chapman’s planned performing arts center (still needed: $14 million). Topping it off: The night raised more than $2 million for student scholarships. “The Aitkens’ gift was the topper of the evening. It has added to all the generous support that has brought us to this critical milestone.” – Jim Doti, president of Chapman University

Photos by Michael Good, Jeanine Hill and McKenzi Taylor


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