Why Support the Peace Gala?

About Soka University of America:

Soka = creating value

Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. SUA is just one mile from the beach (if you are a bird – seven miles driving) and located in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting and adventure opportunities.

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SUA offers generous financial aid to both US and International students, with free tuition available to eligible admitted students whose earned family income is $60,000 or less (room and board fees still apply.) These financial aid packages are made possible through generous support from donors like you! In order to ensure that no qualified student is denied education due to financial hardships, we need your support. (Learn more about Soka University.)

The Mission:

The mission of Soka University is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.

The Curriculum:

SUA offers a 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester in their junior year living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.

The Students:

Approximately 60% of our students come from the US and about 40% have come from more than 40 other countries.

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A student-focused campus, Soka University promotes and supports the well-being and growth of each student.

About Soka University of America's Peace Gala: Celebrating a Vision of Peace

What the magical night consists of:

See how the Recreation Center is decorated for the Gala (or click on any of the three photos below!)

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Silent Auction 

Starting with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, you will be able to bid on great items! Some of the past items have included: Baccarat champagne flukes, Disneyland theme park tickets, sports memorabilia, spa packages, travel packages, wines and sumptuous gift baskets for every taste!

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Student Welcome at Peace Walk Students, some in their traditional dress, thanked Gala guests last year as they walked from the silent auction/cocktail party to the main event in the beautifully decorated Recreation Center.

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Student Presentations - each year our talented students welcome guests and thank them in unique ways! 

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Vasko Yorgov (Soka Class
of 2019) shared his journey
 to SUA at the 2017 Peace Gala.

Anna Casals (Soka Class
of 2018) shared her journey
 to SUA at the 2016 Peace Gala.

Josho Daiko SUA Taiko Drummers
perform outside the Rec Center.

Live Auction!!

One of the most exciting parts of the evening is our live auction. Some of the past items have included: Eric Clapton autographed guitar, limited edition helmet autographed by 25 Super Bowl MVP's, $5,000 South Coast Plaza shopping spree, cars, and a 4.81ct Diamond.

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 During the live auction, a student displays a guitar autographed by
 Eric Clapton.

Live Auctioneer DawnMarie Kostnosis
on stage with Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman.

Generous guests raising their bid numbers to donate to the Fund-A-Need!

2018 Entertainment - Clark Beckham

Clark Beckham's killer vocals and profound music abilities as a multi-instrumentalist has led him on a journey from busking on the streets to performing on national television in front of millions of viewers. On American Idol, Clark's soulful, bluesy voice outsold every other contestant combined on iTunes and placed him as THE fan favorite and runner-up of the 2015 season. Clark's live performances also dominated the top 10 most viewed videos on American Idol's Youtube. Since Idol, Clark has performed with the Nashville Symphony, written with Brian McKnight, been nominated for the Teen Choice award for Music's Next Big Thing, and signed with Quincy Jones. In 2018, we will continue to see refreshing new music from Clark that will be highly regarded and binge-worthy, making his music one for the passionate connoisseurs of music.

 Clark Beckham

2018 Master of Ceremonies - Fritz Coleman

We are pleased to have Fritz Coleman return as the 2018 Master of Ceremonies. Fritz Coleman is Southern California's beloved weathercaster for NBC4 News. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and two years later moved to weekdays, where he has been part of the evening news team with Chuck Henry, Colleen Williams and Fred Roggin. Fritz is the cornerstone of the NBC4 Weather Team that recently won two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. In addition to his celebrated broadcast career, Fritz is well-known for giving his time to numerous charitable activities, and hosts hundreds of local events to raise awareness for services that benefit underserved communities. A long-time comic, Fritz has done stand-up for decades at local comedy clubs.

Fritz Coleman

Past Celebrities

Gala has been supported by famous celebrities who have emceed and performed live!

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Herbie Hancock

Duncan Sheik 

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter
Ron Glass Nestor Torres Celebrity 5
Ron Glass Nestor Torres Howard Jones
Paul Williams Judy Collins Esperanza Spalding
Paul Williams Judy Collins Esperanza Spalding
Ivan Rutherford David Burnham Jose Feliciano
Ivan Rutherford David Burnham

Jose Feliciano

Chris Mann
Chris Mann

Why donate? For our future!

If you cannot attend the event, you can still support by making a donation!

View the 2019 Sponsorship brochure here.

Purchase tickets, become a sponsor or submit an item for the auction! 

2012 Peace Gala