SANTA PAULA, Calif.—On Saturday, September 30, 2006, Thomas Aquinas College will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a Gala Benefit Dinner at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Keynote Speaker for the event will be George Weigel, the official biographer of Pope John Paul II and author of God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church. KABC-TV newsman Jim Newman will serve as master of ceremonies, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles will deliver the invocation, and Bishop Allen Vigneron will close the evening with a benediction.
The evening's events will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a Mass of Thanksgiving to be offered by Bishop Vigneron. A cocktail reception will follow at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. Dancing to the music of the Johnny Crawford Band will begin after the dinner program.
For further information or to reserve individual seats or tables at the event, please contact Special Events Coordinator Mrs. Patti Harmonson, 805-525-4417, ext. 329.