Dinner Rally Celebrates an Inspiring Year

by Lynnette Lozoya

Dinner Rally 2008: Great is Thy Faithfulness celebrated all that God is doing across the nation and the world through the men and women of Azusa Pacific University. The annual fundraising event on November 8 brought 650 people together to raise more than $250,000 for the University Fund.

The University Fund helps provide student scholarships as well as support academic and student life programs, excellent technological tools across campus and abroad, and faculty and staff who place God First.

The evening began with an intimate President’s Circle reception for the university’s community of friends who financially and prayerfully support APU through gifts of $1,000 or more each year. Guests were updated on academic programs, introduced to Distinguished Alumni of the Year Bryan Clay ’03 and Sarah (Smith ’00) Clay, and briefed on the university's accomplishments by President Jon Wallace.

Prior to dinner, a University Showcase introduced Dinner Rally guests to an interactive, comprehensive display of the university. The showcase exhibited 17 university programs including all seven schools, student life, athletics, alumni relations, regional centers, and non-traditional programs.

During dinner, Orville and Shirley Mestad were honored with the Clifford and Elizabeth Marshburn Award for Exemplary Service. Dolly Warren, last year’s award recipient, presented the Mestads with the traditional crystal globe awarded to donors who exemplify sacrificial giving.

Current students Devan Dellafosse ’09 and Tyler Prieb ’10 shared their experiences from the South Africa study abroad semester with Matt Browning, Ed.D., associate vice president for internationalization at APU.

Alumnus Steven Moser ’01, co-founder of Anti-Body, shared with Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu, Ph.D., associate provost, how his physics degree from APU prepared him to create his own lab while incorporating the value of human life into his all-natural fair trade company.

Dinner Rally 2008 recalled God’s faithfulness to APU, to His people, and to those served in the past year. By investing in the University Fund, donors contribute to the education of young men and women of God destined to affect the world and further the Kingdom.