Last Saturday, the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University was glowing with the more than 500 guests who came out to celebrate higher education and raise funds for student scholarships. Honorary Chairs John and Sarah Bates, and Lourdes President David Livingston, PhD, and wife Joan welcomed guests as they arrived.

Caroline “Callie” Bunch, a senior majoring in psychology, served as Lourdes’ student speaker. Callie gave heartfelt thanks and appreciation to guests whose generous support has helped students like her complete their education. “Representing Lourdes student scholarship recipients, I say thank you to all of you who truly care about us, our education and our dreams. We could not do it without you.”

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Entertainment for the evening included performances by the Toledo Ballet, the Artists in Residence at the Toledo Opera, and the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet, as well as actor Timothy Shew who also performed a special tribute to the late Jim Findlay; who was a personal friend of both Timothy and Lourdes.

2014 Platinum Sponsors, Heidtman Steel, Inc. [John Bates], Steel Dynamics [Mark Millett], and Sylvania Franciscan Health [Jim Pope] were recognized and thanked for their generous support. Since its inception, more than 45 corporate sponsors, 5,000 guests and countless organizations have helped Luminations raise more than $2.5 million for students.  This year’s event brought in $257,000 for scholarships at Lourdes.