Give Back Gala 2020

The third annual Give Back Gala on July 17, 2020 was held as a virtual event and simulcast, with J.C. Watts, Jr. as the keynote speaker. Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the Gala had custom pre-event content for our online audience, including student and alumni stories and a live master of ceremonies. Watts spoke from campus to a small, in-person audience, which was simulcast for virtual viewers. Nearly $145,000 was raised to support student scholarships and areas of greatest need.

JC Watts

3rd Annual Give Back Gala Speaker: J.C. Watts, Jr

A former congressman, ordained minister, CNN contributor and professional athlete, J.C. Watts, Jr., is a visionary statesman whose concerns encompass the health and welfare of people around the world. Read full biography.

The Give Back Gala... an opportunity to support students on their academic journey through scholarships and financial gifts. An investment in their future is also an investment in the community where they will one day work and live. This year's event raised nearly $145,000.

“Education is so important to my family. Any investment [from Bethel donors] is such a huge blessing — it’s almost a miracle. There’s not enough words in any language to say thank you for your faith in me.” -- Emily Penaflorida '22

Sponsorship Opportunities

This Bethel University event supports student scholarships and areas of greatest need. Whether you choose to attend the event or sponsor it, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of our students.

  • A plated meal will be served at this formal event.
  • Sponsorships are available for individuals and businesses. 

Be a Sponsor


Mr. Art Decio
MMC Radio 105.9FM
State Rep. Jack Jordan and Family
Generation Adventure Plex
Dr. Jerry and Donna Thacker
Mr. Sam Davenport
Mrs. Karol Griffin

Thank You to This Year's Sponsors

Every gift matters

Your gifts literally shape the experience of Bethel students, by providing opportunities and experiences that would otherwise not be possible.
Scholarships help students:
  • Afford college
  • Enlarge their vision
  • Impact the world

Our Staff

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Matt Lentsch

Matt Lentsch

Titles: Vice President of Institutional Advancement
James Cramer

James Cramer

Titles: Major Gift Officer
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7490
Emily Sherwood

Emily Sherwood

Titles: Director of Alumni Relations
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7023
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