Rocklin, Calif.- On September 20, exactly 75 years to the date the growing university opened its’ doors with just 14 students, William Jessup University hosted the Jessup Gala, an event that raises funds for student scholarships.
This year, the memorable event raised over $160 thousand for student scholarships.
“This Gala represents a door to the future of WJU,” said Jessup’s President, John Jackson. “Not only were we able to honor our past and God’s abundant generosity, now we are ready to embrace what He has for our future.”
Over 425 people attended the commemorative evening festivities which took place in the Academic Warehouse creatively transformed to reflect an elegant ballroom; complete with ice sculptures, performance stages, a silent auction, ensemble bands and black, silver and gold details throughout.
Guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres including tuna poke, Italian meatballs and wild mushroom tartlets to name a few. Dinner consisted of mixed greens with grilled stone fruit salad, roasted Cornish game hens with risotto and kale followed by tiramisu for dessert.
The Jessup Gala program featured performances from the university’s Creative Arts and Music departments. Highlights included recognition of President Emeritus, Bryce Jessup’s, Dream Team that was instrumental in bringing the university to where it stands today in Placer County. Many original members were in attendance and reminisced with those who shared the initial dream for the university to grow beyond what it could imagine.
Some members of the Dream Team included Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware and current chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, Greg Jamison, former general manager of hockey’s San Jose Sharks and current member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and Joe Womack, President of Northwest Christian University.
President John Jackson shared the university’s specific vision and mission as a Christ-centered university and shared expectations of continued expansion and momentum for the next 75 years.
The Gala was also live streamed for those who were unable to attend the sold-out event.