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ADVANCING THE MISSION Gala guests enjoy meeting host Archbishop Allen Vigneron and having their photos taken with him. A Gala to Remember The June 17 Archbishop’s Gala smashed last year’s attendance count—and last year’s revenue total—thanks to the generosity of our loyal benefactors. N ine hundred guests celebrated the seminary’s mission on a warm summer evening in the beautiful Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. They enjoyed a fun night out that included a cocktail social, an opportunity to have their photo taken with host Archbishop Allen Vigneron, a chance to win some highend raffle gifts, a fine dining experience, inspiring video presentations, and a rousing musical performance of I Saw the Light by the Sacred Heart seminarians supported by the Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit. The program ended with another opportunity to socialize at an afterglow party. 20 Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Fall 2016 Counting all revenue sources, Archbishop’s Gala 2016 generated an astonishing $995,000, the most this event has ever raised. Proceeds bolster the general fund so that Sacred Heart’s educational and formational programs continue to be the most innovative of any U.S. seminary. Fr. Joseph Krupp, Sacred Heart alumnus Class of 1998 and priest of the Diocese of Lansing, emceed the Gala for his first time. Father Krupp kept the evening light and energetic, yet touching and spiritual—an approach that worked well in his former ministry as chaplain of the Michigan State University football team. A highlight of the evening was a gift presentation by the Michigan Knights of