We invite you to join us and
2018 Gala Honorary Chairs
John B’82 & Melinda Dionas



for a special evening featuring: 
Exciting Live and Silent Auction 
Gourmet Multi-Course Dinner with Wine 
Live Entertainment featuring The Beatniks


Thank you to John B’82 & his wife Melinda Dionas who have graciously accepted their role as our 2018 PRIDE Gala Honorary Chairs.  As well as being a 1982 alum, John and his wife Melinda, are parents to Bellarmine alumni Melaina Dionas Miller B’10, Nick Dionas B’14, and current students Joe Dionas B’19 and Jake Dionas B’20.  John & Melinda are also the owners of Peninsula Auto Group.  Please join us in thanking them for their generous gifts of time, talent and treasures.

The Bellarmine PRIDE Gala Executive council and PRIDE Board members, are already at work planning an amazing evening filled with excitement and festivities.

The PRIDE auction is a volunteer-driven premier fundraising event led by the Director of Engagement, Lynn Miller, along with a Board of Directors. This fun-filled event is held in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center and includes a silent auction filled with an array of exciting items, a sit-down dinner, preceded by a live auction featuring very unique experiences and items. 

Since its inception in 1991, PRIDE has raised and distributed well over $4,000,000 to support not only scholarships and financial aid, but also special projects and services that have benefited all Bellarmine students, staff, and administration. Some of the projects that PRIDE has supported have included the following: upgrades in technology and infrastructure to support the new One-to-One program, contributions towards the new Memorial Field bleachers, and gym equipment for the fitness center.
All Bellarmine families are asked to donate two items to ensure the success of this annual event. Please visit the “Wish List” page for donation ideas, as well as our Gala Fact sheet for more information.

To download a PRIDE Auction Donation Form, click here.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, donating an item, attending the auction, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Lynn Miller, Director of Engagement for Advancement  at 253-761-3542 or via email at

2017-18 PRIDE Board of Directors
Board President: Victoria Woodarski B’87
Board Vice President: Randy Foley
Board Secretary: Amy Stricherz B’00

Board Members: Winferd Baker, Heather Larson-Daniels, Karyn Derby, Melinda Dionas, 
Kara English, Lia Estigoy B’87, Aurea Estrella-Geraghty, Stephanie McCullough, Melaina Dionas Miller B’10 Andrea Natalizio, Priscilla Suhre, JoAnne Tees, Angela Treleven B’ 99 

Faculty Rep: Aida Galbraith
Administrative Rep: Dean Hanks, VP of Development
Special Event & PRIDE Director: Lynn Miller

Thank you to those Business Partners who have already signed up for the 2018 Calendar year.

$10,000 Gold Partners
Bruce Titus Automotive Group
Law Offices of John R. Connelly Jr.
Oceans5/Table 47
Patriot Fire Protection
Peninsula Auto Group
Tucci & Sons Inc.

$5,000 Silver Partners
Arthur J. Gallagher
Cascade Hernia & Heartburn Institute
CHI Franciscan Foundation
Columbia Bank
Dwyer, Pemberton & Coulson PC
FLS Financial/Kampbell Johnson PLLC
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Heritage Bank
Print NW
Propel Insurance
Wells Fargo 

$2,500 Lion Partners
Bordeaux Orthodontics
Jeff Jensen Homes 
Karyn and Dave Derby
Smart, Kokich and Quinn
Sprague Pest Solutions
The Tees Family
TrueBlue, Inc.
Total Property Services
Victoria Woodarski B'87
Washington Trust
XGroup Restaurants, Catering & Brewery

PRIDE Gala Table Sponsor ($1,500)
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Baerg
Jennifer Pacheco and Randy Foley
Sam & Brandy B'96 Lindstrom
Thompson Consulting Group