Celebrating 80 Years of Educating Leaders

November 10, 2017
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Reception 6:30 p.m. (Alumni reception 6 p.m.)
Dinner 7:30 p.m.

courage to venture gala 2017

At the Marian University Courage to Venture Gala, more than 2,000 of Indianapolis and surrounding area leaders, new friends and long-time supporters of Marian University, and alumni and students will come together to celebrate Marian University’s 80th anniversary and the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana.

All proceeds from the Marian University Courage to Venture Gala go to support Marian University scholarships or designated area.

Come celebrate with us

  • 25th Annual Mary McNulty Young '47 Opportunities for Excellence Scholarship Dinner
  • Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Dinner
  • Marian University's 80th Anniversary

Meet your emcee for the evening, Gerry Dick

gerry-dickThe host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, Gerry Dick serves as president and managing editor of Grow INdiana Media Ventures, LLC, an Indianapolis-based media company focused on producing and distributing Indiana business news and information through multiple media channels. Gerry and technology entrepreneur Scott Jones form Grow Indiana Media Ventures' ownership team.

Today, more people get their Indiana business news from Inside INdiana Business than from any other source. You can watch his television show on 15 Indiana network and public stations, listen to daily radio reports on 27 statewide stations and get your news on-demand from a collection of email, web and mobile business news products.

inside-indiana-business-w-gerry-dickGerry has been awarded the state's top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, three times, by Governors Kernan, Daniels and Pence.  He has been awarded Ernst and Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has received an EMMY three times for best interview/discussion program/series or special.

Gerry is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to Indiana business and the state's economy and also serves as a business news analyst for WTHR-TV (NBC) and 93.1-FM - WIBC radio in Indianapolis.

Gala honorees

  • mike and sue smith
    Mike and Sue Smith
    Franciscan Values Award
  • jim hallet
    Jim Hallett
    John A. Purdie Innovator and Mentor of the Year Award
  • joe and diane zimmerman
    Joe '80 and Diane (Pitzer) '81 Zimmerman
    Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award

Hotel room rates

Discounted room rates available at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Guests may apply the discount for the nights of November 9, 10, and 11, 2017. Standard king or queen is $196 plus tax.  The deadline to reserve a room with the discounted rate is October 13, 2017.

Book online or by calling reservations
Toll free: (866) 704-6162, or
Reservations local phone: (877) 303-0104

Sponsorship levels


  • Recognition on the marian.edu/gala website
  • Social media recognition
  • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
  • One table of 10 at the gala with preferred table placement

GOLD SPONSOR - $25,000

  • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
  • Social media recognition
  • One table of 10 at the gala


  • Recognition in printed event program and on digital sponsorship display
  • One table of 10 at the gala


  • Recognition in printed event program
  • One table of 10 at the gala


  • Two seats at the gala


  • Sponsor a Marian University student to attend the gala

Presented by

St. Vincent

Reception sponsor


Diamond Dignitaries Sponsors

  • Tony and Carole Watt
  • Al and Sue Leighton
  • Dan and Beth Elsener
  • Mike and Bea Becher
  • Earl and Annette Brinker
  • David and Anne Haire
  • Phil and Teri Carson
  • Jack and Jennifer Snyder
  • Raul and Debbie Zavaleta
  • Tebbe Family
  • John Giles
  • St. Vincent’s
  • Witham Hospital
  • Bob Phillips
  • John and Phyllis Cardis
  • TAB Group
  • Gene and Helen Henn
  • Dan and Nancy Krodel
  • Chuck and Mary Welch
  • Len and Sue Strom
  • Dan Gelfman
  • Gregg and Pat Dwyer
  • Vicki and Ken Yamasaki
  • Mike and Rosie Houk
  • Ted and Kim Dickman
  • BKD
  • Bill and Teesa Eckman
  • Ed and Peggy Bonach
  • John and Kathy Yanney
  • Joe Doyle
  • Sisters of St. Francis
  • Anonymous
  • Fritz French
  • Paul Norman
  • John and Pam Purdie

Table guest list 

Are you or your guests alumni of Marian University? Make sure to let us know when you submit your table names. All alumni will receive information about our exclusive all-alumni reception at the JW Marriott.

Submit table guest list

For more information

Andrea Grube
(317) 955-6137



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