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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.

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 9:1 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.

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!)

Silent Auction  (check for updates!)

Starting at 6:00 pm 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!

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.

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

Student club Josho Daiko
(Japanese Taiko Drums) welcomes guests.
Zuleyka Shahin (SUA Class
of 2014) shares her journey
coming to SUA (view here).

Student club Soul Wings
performs a musical piece.

Live Auction!!

One of the most exciting parts of the evening is our live auction. Some of the past items have included: Paul McCartney autographed guitar, lunch with Herbie Hancock, custom made clothing, $5,000 South Coast Plaza shopping spree, and cars.

Student Tahereh Mafi (SUA Class of
2009) holds a guitar autographed by
Earth, Wind & Fire.

Live auctioneer DawnMarie
Kostnosis exciting the audience!

Guests Linda and Luis Nieves raising
their bid number for an exciting item!

2016 Entertainment - Jose Feliciano

We are thrilled to have Jose Feliciano as the entertainment for the 2016 Peace Gala. A singer/guitarist, Jose is one of the most prominent Latin-born performers of the pop era. Today, the name Feliciano is synonymous with an international presence that has influenced popular music for more than two generations. Jose Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as "The greatest living guitarist". Referred to as 'The Picasso of his Realm," Jose's accomplishments include forty-five Gold and Platinum records and nine Grammy Awards. In addition, Jose's gifts of time, treasure and talent have earned him the reputation of great humanitarian and "Ambassador of Good Will" throughout the world. www.josefeliciano.com

Past Celebrities

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

Herbie Hancock

Duncan Sheik 

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter
Ron Glass Nestor Torres Howard Jones

Paul Williams Judy Collins Esperanza Spalding
Ivan Rutherford David Burnham

Why donate? For our future!

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

View the 2016 Sponsorship brochure here.

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