History

The history of the Golden Bell dates back to 1953, when the school hosted its very first Golden Bell Dinner Dance.

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The dinner dance was held in the old gym (which has long since been demolished) at a cost of $50 per couple, a considerable sum of money for the early '50s. The event quickly became one of the biggest social events in the valley, commanding the front page of the San Jose Mercury News' Society page each year.

A casino night was added to the evening's format in 1976, which resulted in a skyrocketing of net profits from $6,000 the previous year to $15,000. More changes came the very next year, when the live auction component of the event was added. The first event of its kind in northern California, "Le Grand Golden Bell Auction" recorded profits of $76,000 in 1977.

Throughout the years, the Golden Bell has raised the standards for elegance and success. In 1996, it became the first local event of its kind to raise $500,000 in one night. The generosity of our supporters took us to another record-breaker in 2007, when we broke the $1 million ceiling, netting $1.1 million in a single event.

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Last year, more than 720 guests enjoyed the finest of foods, along with delicious wines and cocktails, as they bid on our silent and live auction items, helping raise over $525,000 for Bellarmine's Direct Financial Aid Fund.

We hope you will join us on March 10, 2018, as we add the next chapter to our history book - La Vie Est Bell!