Golden Bell Auction Brings Community Together for a Good Cause

Posted: March 12, 2018

We held our 42nd Golden Bell Auction on Saturday, March 10. More than 650 guests attended this year’s French-themed event, “La Vie Est Bell.”

The on-campus gala began with an optional Mass held in the Leontyne Chapel, celebrated by Fr. Mario Prietto, S.J., superior of the Bellarmine Jesuit community. The reception, featuring hors d’ oeuvres provided by A Catered Affair, cocktails, and silent auction items, was followed by the program and fine dining entrees prepared by the Bellarmine culinary staff, led by executive chef Jeremy Soulia.

Mark Alman, a professional auctioneer and parent of a Bellarmine alumnus, led the live auction, featuring many unique items, including a concert and “meet and greet” with country music superstar Keith Urban, 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara from the Normandin dealership, a great white shark dive experience near Guadalupe Island, Mexico, and a variety of dining and entertainment experiences.

A highlight of the evening was the address delivered by the three Nazari brothers – senior Michael, sophomore Matthew, and alumnus Ryan – who shared their experiences and conveyed their gratitude for everything that goes into making a Bellarmine education possible for so many deserving young men. Ryan, a 2017 Bellarmine graduate, is currently continuing his Jesuit education at Santa Clara University.

Proceeds from the annual Golden Bell Auction benefit our Direct Financial Aid Fund. With nearly 25 percent of Bellarmine’s 1,650 students receiving tuition assistance, the school’s financial aid budget is $4.4 million.

Related Articles

  • K-Bell Turns 35

    Posted March 19, 2019

    The 35th annual Kiwanis-Bellarmine track meet, i.e., K-Bell, was held on March 9th at Westmont High School. The joint venture between Bellarmine and the Kiwanis Club of West San Jose has become one of the premiere track and field events in the area, the proceeds of which go entirely to charity.

  • Cast for Spring Comedy I Hate Hamlet Announced

    Posted March 15, 2019

    Jeremy Lum, director of Bellarmine's spring production of I Hate Hamlet, has announced its cast.

  • 43rd Golden Bell Auction Benefits Tuition Assistance

    Posted March 13, 2019

    Our 43rd Golden Bell Auction, in support of our Direct Financial Aid Fund, was held on campus March 9th. More than 650 guests—current and past parents, alumni, and friends of Bellarmine—attended the 1940s era-themed event, "Swing. Sip. Sway."