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Alumni Event Benefits Special Olympics

by Kimberly Storin

USC Marshall School of Business alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing and networking at the 2nd Annual Alumni Gala benefiting the USC Marshall Challenge for Charity (C4C) March 4.

Funds raised by the event at the California Science Center, which included live and silent auctions, go to the Special Olympics.

Kimberly Stern, 2005 MBA alum and former chair of C4C, said, “The Alumni Gala is a great excuse to reconnect with fellow Marshall alumni. Not only did we enjoy bidding on the auction items, but we also knew that we were making a difference in the community.”

The event featured a keynote speech by Patrick McClenahan, senior vice president and station manager at KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV. In addition, Bill Shumard, president and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California, and Special Olympics athletes Abe Hassan Nelson, Mario Hidalgo and Michael Barnes discussed the mission of the Special Olympics.

The program ended with a live auction featuring a variety of items including a Hawaiian vacation, an autographed Reggie Bush football and a private tour of the Playboy Mansion.

“C4C plays an integral role during our time at Marshall,” current C4C chair Sarah Rezak said. “The Alumni Gala will allow us to continue to support the organization after graduation.”

Alumni Event Benefits Special Olympics

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