Holy Names’ 150th festivities culminated on May 1, 2019, with “Scoops for Scholars,” a community ice cream social and fundraiser that inaugurated the University’s next 150 years of mission-driven education in Oakland.
The event featured ice cream from Tucker's Super Creamed Ice Cream of Alameda, music, and a live auction. Students, staff, alumni, and community members of all ages mingled and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
The program began with a prayer by Sr. Carol Sellman '69, MM '78, EdD, vice president for mission integration and opening remarks by Ann Reynolds, the honorary event co-chair.
Shaylah Ellis ‘19, ASHNU student body president, spoke about her time at HNU and her plans for the future, "Oakland’s hidden gem is the perfect name for [Holy Names] because it is. I would not trade my experience for anything. In the future, I’ll be the best English teacher—the classes here have challenged me and prepared me to be. I feel like all the different plans, and ideas, and goals I’ve set for myself are thanks to Holy Names. And, if any of you live in Oakland, I’ll say this now: in a few years—many years—I will be the Mayor of Oakland." Judging by the audience's applause, Shaylah already has quite a few votes.
The event concluded with a scholarship fundraiser for Holy Names students, and a live auction of unique items and experiences, including a week-long trip to Mexico, a tour of a coffee roasting factory, one month of prayers by Sr. Carol Sellman, and a beach house vacation in Gualala.
Thanks to auction proceeds, generous donations, and a substantial matching challenge gift of $100,000 a total of $207,640 was raised to support HNU’s students.
“The event brought the Holy Names community together—staff, alums, students, faculty, neighbors, friends and family. We were thrilled to see such incredible engagement and support from everyone involved“ says Rosita Lucas, HNU’s 150th-anniversary director. “The University has had such a strong impact on so many lives and this event highlighted that.