Mad About CSUSM. 2013 Annual Gala.

Raise the Paddle for Scholarships: Create a Way Forward


At CSUSM, scholarships play an essential role in creating a way forward for students. Each year more than 1,000 merit and need-based scholarships are awarded to CSUSM students. More importantly, over 50% of our students receive some form of financial aid. On behalf of our scholarship recipients whose lives you will forever change, thank you for investing in their futures and turning their dreams of a quality education into a solid reality.

Please consider a gift during the scholarship auction. Bids levels tonight will include $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250 and $100. Raise your paddle during the appropriate amount you wish to contribute.

Read the stories of a few students whose lives have been forever changed for the better by scholarships.

Photo of Emily LimasEmily Limas,
B.A. Psychology '11 and M.A. Psychology '13


Hein Family Fellowship

A first-generation college student raised by a single mother, Emily Limas never imagined that college would be within reach. During her graduate study work at CSUSM, she conducted original research on the importance and long-term impact of parent-child bonds.

Inspired to work with children who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, Emily will begin a Ph.D. program at Indiana University—Bloomington this summer to study counseling psychology.

Photo of Emily LimasDeng Akuien,
B.A. Psychology '14


Anonymous Donor Scholarship

Emigrating to the U.S. as a refugee from Sudan, Deng Aiken struggled as a child to learn English and acclimate to life in San Diego. Fueled by his love for running, he joined the Cross Country and Track and Field squads at CSUSM and became the first in his family to attend college.

Deng recently broke the two-minute barrier in the 800-meter and hopes to one day train for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. After completing his senior year at CSUSM, Deng plans to pursue graduate school and use his education to help eradicate poverty in Africa.

Photo of Heather StingerHeather Stinger,
B.S. Nursing '14


J. Douglas and Marian R. Pardee School of Nursing Scholarship

Assistance League of Inland North County

Growing up in poverty, Heather Stinger entered foster care at the age of 16. Heather is now in her final year of study at CSUSM's School of Nursing. While juggling the demands of the rigorous program, working and volunteering for nonprofit organizations, she has remained at the top of her class with an impressive 4.0 GPA.

This summer, Heather will care for our nation's veterans as she begins the VALOR program, a prestigious and highly-competitive year-long nursing residency at the VA Hospital in La Jolla.


The Live Auction


Taylor Taylor "Big Baby" Acoustic Guitar Signed by Jewel


Opening Bid: $400 | Value: Priceless

Here is your chance to own something incredibly unique; a Taylor "Big Baby" Acoustic Guitar signed by songwriter, guitarist, singer Jewel.

Jewel began her musical career at the age of six, joining her parents' singer-songwriters Atz Kilcher and Nedra Caroll, on stage. Jewel won a vocal scholarship to Interlochen, a private school in Michigan dedicated to the arts. She eventually made her way to San Diego. She was discovered by a music manager and record company representatives while performing at the Innerchange right here in Pacific Beach. This would be a priceless gift for the music lover in your family.

Photo of Taylormade Golf ClubsTaylorMade Kingdom Experience


Opening Bid: $2,000 | Value: $5,500

This experience was previously reserved for Tour professionals alone, but now it is available to you. One-on-one fittings with TaylorMade's certified clubfitters. A personal MATT system analysis report, including a CD featuring your swing captured in precise state-of-the-art computer animation. A full set of TaylorMade clubs precision built to your personal specifications. Restrictions: Allow several weeks to book a fitting. Fittings begin at 9:00 am and take up to 4 hours to complete. No expiration date. Advance notice required and selection of date to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Private Dinner for 10 Guests in Your Home with a Stone Catering ChefPrivate Dinner for 10 Guests in Your Home with a Stone Catering Chef


Value: $1,000

Want to invite some friends over for an evening of dining and socializing but don't want to cook? Here is your chance to sit back and let the Stone Catering Chef do the work for you! Stone is not only known for their incredible beer but also for their eclectic, fresh, flavorful foods. You will be treated to a five-course beer pairing dinner for you and nine friends or family members.

Photo of Alyssa DronenburgA Four Night Stay at the Exclusive Resorts Luxury Destination Club


Value: $6,000

Now you can experience the pleasures of membership as a guest of Exclusive Resorts with a four-night stay at an exquisitely appointed residence in one of several destinations including Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Los Cabos, Mexico; or Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica.

The winner will enjoy personalized attention from a dedicated Member Service Manager to help plan your trip, including daily housekeeping, and an Onsite Concierge to fulfill your every request—stocking the pantry with your favorite foods before your arrival, hiring a private chef, booking tee times and more!
Certificate Expires: December 15, 2013

Photo of Alyssa DronenburgWelk Resort-Sirena Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas


Value: $4,000

Get away from it all and head down south to beautiful Cabo San Lucas for a five night stay in a two bedroom Penthouse Suite at the Welk Resorts. Once you arrive, you won't want to leave as you experience pure elegance. This top-floor, 1,400 sq. ft. dual master bedroom unit can accommodate up to six guests. The living room separates the two master bedrooms and comes with a queen-sleeper sofa. Fully equipped with all of the modern conveniences, the suite features a spacious balcony offering ocean-front views of the Sea of Cortez. Come and enjoy a host of activities at Sirena Del Mar.
Certificate Expires: April 23, 2014.

Photo of Alyssa DronenburgCalifornia State Parks Tour Led by State Parks Director, Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret)


Value: Priceless

Enjoy a one or two-day tour through the diverse and beautiful state parks of San Diego and Orange County in late summer or fall. Led by Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret), State Parks Director, a party of four can soak up the sun at your choice of coastal parks, hike through the tall trees and mountain meadows at Palomar Mountain, and enjoy the beautiful views in the desert wildernesses of Rancho Cuyamaca and Anza Borrego, plus another regional park of your choice.
Certificate expires: November 17, 2013

The Silent Auction


  1. Padres Package: Four tickets to a Padres game, one night stay at the Omni Hotel, a signed hat by Cameron Maybin and signed ball by Houston Street
  2. Dinner for 10 at Stone Bistro in either Escondido or Liberty Station
  3. Purely Dorset Queen Size Duvet Cover
  4. One person 1.5 hr lesson during a Surf Diva group lesson in La Jolla
  5. Two certificates – ASICS footwear
  6. 50 Minute Spa Treatment from Ocean Pearl Spa in Carlsbad
  7. Oceanography package: Two passes for any One or Two Hour Harbor Cruise or Weekday Whale Watching Cruise in San Diego from Hornblower Cruise and Four (4) Community Passes to Birch Aquarium
  8. Family four pack of passes to Museum of Making Music plus $50 to Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
  1. Four Lawn Seats to a Summer Production of Moonlight Stage Productions (Weds, Thurs or Sun only)
  2. Balboa Park Package - Four (4) general admission passes to the San Diego Museum of Art, Two (2) VIP passes for San Diego Museum of Man, Four (4) general admission passes to Reuben H Fleet Science Center, Four (4) general admission guest passes to the San Diego Air & Space Museum
  3. Foursome of Golf with Cart & GPS at The Crossings
  4. Nautical Museum Package - Family four pack to the USS Midway Museum, and Four tickets to San Diego Maritime Museum
  5. Private Excursion on 60' Luxury Catamaran
  6. Two tickets to Medieval Times in Buena Park
  7. Signature Black & White Portrait Session with Stan Lawrence
  8. Round of Golf for Four at Welk Resort in Escondido
  1. Signature Coronado Family Beach Session with Stan Lawrence
  2. Wine Basket
  3. 1 – 2 hour photography session with Beki Dawn Photography
  4. Dave Winfield Autographed Ball and Bat
  5. Dinner at the Solace and Moonlight Lounge in Encinitas
  6. One-night stay at Valley View Casino & Hotel with breakfast and $100 dinner certificate to any restaurant in casino & hotel
  7. Tony Gwynn Autographed Baseball
  8. Trevor Hoffman Autographed Baseball