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Event Details


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Petco Park

6 p.m.
Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.
Dinner and Live Auction
9:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Dancing to the Music of NRG
11 p.m.
Event Concludes

Cocktail attire  • Complimentary valet available

COVID-19 Health and Safety

The University of San Diego’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the Founders Gala require that all attendees show either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event. Please submit this information to USDEventsDocs@sandiego.edu prior to the event.

Our event takes place outdoors, therefore, face coverings are not required.

For more information

Contact University Events and Partnerships
(619) 260-4690 | usdevents@sandiego.edu


Event Venue

Petco Park
Founders Gala 2021: Event Venue
Petco Park

This year’s event will be held at the architecturally magnificent Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Since 2004, the open-air stadium set in the heart of the city has been regarded as the world’s best ballpark in America’s Finest City. With stunning views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, Petco Park is more than a baseball stadium, it is the ultimate setting for an unforgettable event and this year’s Founders Gala.

Event EmCee

Andrew Firestone
Founders Gala 2021: Event EmCee
Andrew Firestone ’98

Andrew Firestone is an American TV personality, the great-grandson of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey Firestone, and the Founder and Principal of StonePark Capital, a hospitality development company. He graduated from the University of San Diego in 1998, with a degree in business administration, and also was a member of the Torero football team. Firestone was the star of the ABC reality series The Bachelor in 2003. He is married to actress and model Ivana Bozilovic and has three children: sons Brooks and Shane, and daughter Anja Jasmine.


Founders Gala 2021: Entertainment
NRG Music and Productions

NRG Music & Productions is the top choice for award-winning live event entertainment. NRG has more than 20 years of providing exciting entertainment to some of the world’s most notable companies, public figures, and unforgettable events of all sizes.


Ben Farrell
Founders Gala 2021: Auctioneer
Ben Farrell

The owner and founder of Custom Benefit Auctions, Ben Farrell is a speaker, trainer, and fundraising auctioneer. A previous Reserve Champion Auctioneer in N.C., Ben brings energy, excitement, enthusiasm, and entertainment to every event.