“Thank you for coming out and supporting our students…Drive safe and God Bless,” were the words that concluded our Tenth Annual Mardi Gras Awards Dinner and Celebration held this year at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, given my Fr. Mike, Verbum Dei’s President. To say it was a splendid evening severely understates its pomp and circumstance, as all sixty-nine graduating seniors were present and decked out in their finest threads, clean shaven, best mannered, and looking to network and to be honored for their hard work over the past four years. In fact, collectively, the class of 2015 has risen over $1.9M toward the cost of their education through their work-study program, not to mention their expected goal of 100% college acceptance rate for the eighth year!
Verbum Dei was also pleased to honor Edison International for eight years of commitment to Verbum Dei through their corporate partnerships, donations, and volunteerism. Edison International is a model supporter of Verbum Dei. Mr. Jim Scillacci, EVP and CFO, was present, along with staff, to accept an award.
Everyone was there—donors, corporate partners, foundations, board members, faculty and staff. Collectively, over $400,000 was raised for the scholarships for Verb students. We wish to thank everyone who supported this labor of love for our fine young men.
Link to Developing Men for Others Video: http://youtu.be/zNbyboF1494
Nick Spates ’15 delivering his speech
2015 Mardi Gras Dinner