Orange & No Black Tie Virtual Ball Raises $63,000
(Stockton, CA, October 28, 2020) – The Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF) held the 21st Annual Orange & Black Ball on Wednesday, October 21st. Due to the challenges and restrictions caused by COVID-19, the PAF pivoted from the typical 600+ person gathering in Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium, and took the event virtual. Over 300 households registered to attend and participate in the newly named “Orange & No Black Tie Virtual Ball” Presented by Kaiser Permanente and helped us gross a total of $91,785, while netting just over $63,000 for Pacific Athletics!
The live-streamed event, hosted by Pacific Men’s Basketball Play-by-Play Announcer, Zack Bayrouty, and Pacific alumna, Carrie Fox ’00, was broadcast from Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the campus of University of the Pacific. Joining the live broadcast was University President, Christopher Callahan and his wife Jean, and Director of Athletics, Janet Lucas, who each took a moment to speak on the accomplishments Pacific Athletics achieved last year and how important the support for our student-athletes is during these unprecedented times. The Virtual Ball also featured appearances from Pacific Regent and Senior Vice President, Corwin Harper, representing our title sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific coaches and student-athletes, alumni, donors, the UOP Pep Band, and members of the community making for a fun and entertaining evening!
While the event was free to attend, guests had the opportunity to support our Pacific student-athletes through the online silent auction and/or by making a donation to the newly revealed Rise & Roar Campaign sponsored by Ray Morgan Company and Watts Equipment Co. The Rise & Roar Campaign is a fund used to support all Pacific student-athletes in areas such as; academic support, mental health, athletic training, athletic performance, nutrition, and COVID related expenses, as UOP prepares for a return to play in the upcoming months. With a goal of raising $10,000 for this newly launched fund, viewers had the ability to make an instant donation by text or from their computer. The goal was not only reached, but then was surpassed, thanks to the generosity of 100 individuals who donated a combined $13,650 to the campaign!
“We are truly grateful for those who were able to contribute to the overall success of the evening as we entered into unchartered territory by hosting the event virtually,” said Aaron Morales, Director of Athletics Annual Giving. “Even through such a challenging time, our supporters, coaches, student-athletes, and alumni rallied together to create a great night in support of Pacific Athletics that will truly make an impact on our 17 athletic programs.”
The PAF would like to thank all those who helped to make the Orange & No Black Tie Virtual Ball so successful, especially our title sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, and the following additional event sponsors:
- Dignity Health
- Lagorio Family of Companies
- Ray Morgan Company
- Finance of America
- G-Force Productions
- Motion Physical Therapy
- Pacific Construction
- Port of Stockton
- Weibel Family Wines
- American Auto Body
- F&M Bank
- Panera Bread
- San Joaquin County Office of Education
RISE & ROAR SPONSORS
- Ray Morgan Company
- Watts Equipment Co.
If you were unable to tune in live to the Orange & No Black Tie Virtual Ball, you can watch the entire recording of the event by clicking below! The Pre-Show begins at the 4:13 mark and live broadcast begins at 12:08 mark. Enjoy!