2013 ANNUAL GALA
featuring Former First Lady Laura Bush and Michael W. Smith
When Former First Lady Laura Bush accepted our invitation to speak at Maranatha High School’s 2013 Annual Gala “Celebrating Our Teachers”, we were privileged and humbled to have such a distinguished guest partner with us in honoring the school’s faculty. With the addition of a musical performance by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith, our March 16th gala was a monumental occasion in Maranatha High School’s 48-year history.
This event was an unprecedented success as sponsorships and ticket sales poured in from across Southern California and nearly 800 guests, dignitaries, faculty, and students filled the Pasadena Convention Center. In addition to an inspirational conversation with Laura Bush about education and faith, and Michael W. Smith’s moving performance with the school’s Mixed Ensemble vocal group, we were able to recognize and celebrate Maranatha’s teachers throughout the evening.
The incredible outpouring of support that the event garnered delighted the school. We are truly thankful for the response from our wonderful community. Funds raised from the gala will enable Maranatha to further invest in our valued teachers and to equip them with the necessary resources to continue to provide an exemplary Christian education.
Below is a slideshow of candid photos taken at the event.