2016 CUH GALA - Honoree CTC Ching Foundation cx 2016 CUH GALA Honoree Vaughn Vasconcellos cx


From left to right: Honorees Clarence T.C. Ching and Vaughn G.A. Vasconcellos 



Chaminade University will induct The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation and Vaughn G.A. Vasconcellos into the Silversword Hall of Fame at its eighth annual intercollegiate athletics gala.  The event will take place on Friday, February 26, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Ala Moana Beach Hotel (Hibiscus Ballroom).

For decades, the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has been a transformational partner to Chaminade University, providing critical support in the form of scholarship and capital renovation funding.  Most recently, the Foundation provided one of the largest grants in Chaminade University’s history ($5 million) to renovate The Clarence T.C. Ching Hall, which serves all students and the central administration.

Vasconcellos is the current chair of the Board of Regents and long-time supporter of Chaminade Athletics through student-athlete scholarships, the Hui ‘Āhinahina Booster Club, the Intercollegiate Athletics Gala and the annual golf tournament. In honor of his late brother, Albert Akana Burns, Vasconcellos donated $50,000 in student athlete scholarships. Earlier this year, Vasconcellos contributed a major gift of $150,000 towards the construction of the new Coaches’ Office Complex and will have the Women’s Volleyball Coach’s Office in his name.

“We are once again proud to honor an individual and a foundation that have made important contributions not only to Chaminade but to the community at large,” said Chaminade University President, Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger.  

With the strong leadership of event chair, Dr. Edison Miyawaki, the athletics gala is headed into its eighth year, and surpassed the $1 million mark last year.  Past honorees include Merv Lopes (2009), Dr. Larry Price (2010), Lee Donohue ’77 (2011), Mike Vasconcellos and Jim Leahey (2012), Carolyn Berry Wilson and the 1982-83 Men’s Basketball Team (2013), Kathleen “Kitty” Wo and Steven H. Lesnik (2014), Jean E. Rolles ’93 and Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu (2015).

For more information on table sponsorships, or individual tickets, please contact Ryan Hirata at (808) 735-4764. Visit www.goswords.com for more information about the gala event, along with the latest information regarding Chaminade Athletics.

Celebrating 60 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###