Cretin-Derham Hall Gala

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Reception - 6 p.m.
Dinner & Program - 7:15 p.m.


University of St. Thomas - Anderson Student Center
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Cost of Event

$125 Per Person

  • Sponsorships, Benefactors, Advertising, and Table Wine
    available for additional fees

2018 Honorary Host Family

The Traxler Family

2018 Gala Chairpersons

Brett & Geralyn Nelson
Nick & Erin Schneeman


Includes Live Auction (see the list of items below) and Fund-A-Need

Featuring Emcees Jane Leyden Cavanaugh '81 & Jim Cunningham '79, along with members of the CDH Theater Department: Will Dusek, Hunter Hansen, Emma Schuld, Karissa Tschida, Annie Stang, and Elliot Fobbe.

Online Registration has Closed

If you would like to attend the Gala, please contact Peggy Schafer at 651-696-3318 or

2018 Gala Live Auction Items

  Four Notre Dame Football Tickets Plus Lodging

September 27-28, 2019
Donated by Nick & Erin Schneeman, Kevin & Teri McCloughan and Ryan Harris ’03

Experience a historic Fighting Irish game with four lower-level tickets when Notre Dame faces Virginia on September 28, 2019. This amazing package also includes a tailgate party, two nights’ lodging in a beautiful home, and a performance by Notre Dame’s only all-female acapella group, HARMONIA.

You will sleep in luxury less than a mile from the stadium in a quiet neighborhood! The house boasts three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and sleeps up to 14 people. The private back yard has plenty of seating for grilling and hanging out. There is off-street parking for six cars.

But that’s not all! This package also includes a Friday night tour of the Notre Dame stadium with a Monogram Club Social and pre-game field passes with former CDH and Notre Dame great Ryan Harris ’03. After winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos, Ryan recently began his radio broadcasting career with the Notre Dame football program.

   Revival Meets Mendota

Mutually Agreeable Date
Donated by Jerry Dolinsky & Jeannie Inserra Dolinsky ’82 and Nick Rancone ’01

Here is a heavenly chance for a dozen family members and friends to break bread with Archbishop Hebda!

First come seasonal cocktails, a choice variety of wines, and small bites of delicious food. Then move to the dining room overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown Saint Paul for a mouthwatering, Southern-style dinner catered by Revival. Surely a night to remember!

  P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour

May 5, 2019
Donated by Securian Financial

You and your 15 best friends will rock out to P!NK at the Xcel Center! After incredible success, including multiple sold-out shows, this electrifying performer and international pop icon comes back to town on May 5, 2019! But this is no ordinary concert experience – it is a rock star event in a luxury suite. Includes two parking passes.

  Union 32 Private Party

Mutually Agreeable Date
Donated by Mark & Jodi Zesbaugh and Dan Redpath ’86 & Tammy Trenter Redpath ’87

Experience a private party at one of the hottest spots in town! Up to 30 guests will gather in Union 32’s private pub room for a beer tour, dinner, drinks, and socializing.

Experience a beer tour prior to dinner! Each guest receives a flight of beer and a 5oz commemorative Union 32 glass.

Then it’s on to a delicious dinner of baked chicken, roasted potatoes, asparagus, and chef’s choice of dessert. Each guest will receive three drink tickets for beer, wine, or cocktails during dinner. All guests will be entered into a special surprise raffle!

    Deck the Halls – Professional Home Christmas Decoration

Mutually Agreeable Date during the Holiday Season
Donated by Gerten’s Green House, Gino & Teresa Pitera, Martha’s Garden, and Daniel & Martha Gabler Lunde

No need to dig out the tangled lights and old decorations this year. Let the professionals deck your halls! With a $1000 shopping spree at Gerten’s Green House, you can purchase all the greenery your house needs, plus beautiful decorative ornaments, ribbons, candles, and more.

Then relax while Martha’s Garden turns your house into a professionally decorated home for an exceptional, elegant Christmas season.

  Canoe Bay: A Little Piece of Heaven

Mutually Agreeable Date
Donated by Mauri and Bob Evans
Value: More than $2,000

Romantic Two-Night Getaway in a luxury cottage at the Midwest's top-rated resort, nestled in the woods outside the town of Chetek, WI (120 miles from Minneapolis/Saint Paul).

Two of you will enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner with a glass of wine both nights, plus full room-service breakfast both mornings, and bag lunches-for-two.

The resort boasts an award-winning wine list, and 300 acres of private property with incredible gardens and trails. On-site snowshoeing is available during the winter and great cross-country skiing trails are nearby.

During the summer you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing on the crystal-clear, spring-fed lake. Don't miss the spectacular fall colors!