2012 CSUSM Annual Gala Auctions

Raise the Paddle for Scholarships

Empower Tomorrow's Leaders

At CSUSM, scholarships play an essential role in fulfilling dreams and transforming students into well-rounded citizens who enrich our communities. 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.

Tonight you will have an opportunity to make a difference by contributing to CSUSM scholarships. 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.


Photo of Alyssa DronenburgAlyssa Dronenburg, Political Science '12

Mangrum Softball Scholarship, Helen Clarke Scholarship Endowment

Batting an impressive .500 and scoring 24 home runs, Alyssa Dronenburg's leadership on the field led CSUSM softball to their best season on record. Honored as NAIA conference player of the year and CSUSM's female student-athlete of the year, Alyssa is now playing for a semi-professional softball team in the Netherlands. She plans to pursue her masters in political science and to work on a presidential campaign.

Photo of Temet McMichaelTemet McMichael, Biochemistry ‘12

The San Diego Foundation After-the-Fires Scholarship, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California

A member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Temet McMichael is a recent graduate from CSUSM's rigorous biochemistry program. As an undergraduate, he conducted original research on various strains of bacteria, as well as antibodies specific to treating tuberculosis. Temet will begin a doctoral program in microbiology at Ohio State University this fall, where he plans to progress modern medicine.

Photo of Nastassja McDonaldNastassja McDonald, Biological Sciences ‘12

J. Douglas and Marian R. Pardee Scholarship, Sleep Train Foster Youth Scholarship from the CSU Chancellor's Office, Genentech Scholarship, Thomas M. Wahlund Memorial Scholarship

Former foster youth and recent biological sciences graduate Nastassja McDonald never imagined that college was within reach. While studying at CSUSM for the last two years, Nastassja interned at the San Diego Zoo, where she conducted stem cell research. Looking to detect and treat degenerative diseases, Nastassja will begin a Ph.D. program at Michigan State this summer.

The Live Auction

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.

Photo of marines on Camp PendletonInsider's Tour of Camp Pendleton

Value: Priceless

MajGen Anthony (Tony) Jackson, current member of the CSUSM Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Susan will give you and five friends a personal tour of Camp Pendleton. You'll tour the Ranch House, home of the Commanding General. What an honor you'll have to eat lunch with our Marines in the Chow Hall. Your tour will continue by stopping off at the Motor Transport Museum and then onto the Combat Town-simulating an Afghan village! You'll then tour Edson Range with a final visit to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the base. Restrictions: Tour to take place only during a weekday. Must be used between July and September 2012. Advance notice required and selection of date to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Photo of Alyssa DronenburgDinner at the Firehouse

Value: Priceless

This unique opportunity provides dinner for you and five of your friends hosted by San Marcos Fire Station #4. Meet and greet some of the countries finest as you enjoy a home-cooked meal. Explore the inner-workings of the fire station, located atop beautiful San Elijo Hills, while you enjoy a private tour. Restrictions: No alcohol. Must be used by December 28, 2012. Advance notice required and selection of date to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Photo of valet signFirst in Line for Valet

Value: Priceless

Here is your chance to be numero uno to get your vehicle when you leave this evening! Your vehicle will be waiting for you in Craven Circle when you are ready to depart tonight's gala. No waiting, no hurrying to leave early to beat the rush; stay as long as you like to enjoy dancing by the incredible HEROES and enjoy visiting with friends with the knowledge that your vehicle will be ready for your departure when you are!

The Silent Auction

  1. Del Mar Clubhouse Seats
    (includes 10 tickets)
  2. Admission to Legoland
    (includes 4 tickets)
  3. Del Mar Turf Club Day at the Races
    (includes 4 tickets plus valet parking)
  4. CSUSM Foundation Wine Basket
    (includes 12 bottles of wine)
  5. Dinner for 8 at Stone Brewery
    (includes a VIP tour conducted by Co-Founder and President, Steve Wagner)
  1. Four Suite Tickets to a Padres Game in the Cox Toyota Terrace at Petco Park
  2. Three Months of Cox High Speed Internet
  3. Mi Novia Sport fishing for 6 to 8 people chartered out of Cabo San Lucas
  4. San Diego Sky Tour in a Bi-Plane
  5. Three A Suite Week.com Travel Cards
  1. A run with, former Olympian and CSUSM Cross Country Coach, Steve Scott (includes 2 pairs of running shoes)
  2. Dan Fouts Signed #14, Chargers Jersey
  3. Trevor Hoffman Signed Baseball
  4. Tony Gwynn Signed Baseball
  5. Jerry West, LA Lakers, Signed Basketball

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