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The Pacific Athletic Foundation's (PAF) annual fundraising banquet, the Orange & Black Ball, started off the school year with a resounding success. The Foundationl hosted 663 guests at the Ball's new event venue in the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium on the evening of Saturday, August 25. 

Marking the highest fundraising total in its 13-year history, the ball raised a total of $146,704 through ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and raffle ticket sales. Proceeds support athletic programs and scholarships.

The evening's entertainment featured performances by Pacific's Tiger Dancers and the award-winning dance duo of Eric Luna and Georgia Ambarian, five-time World Champions in Cabaret and Exhibition Dancing. 

The program also included a tribute to longtime booster and PAF Board member John Falls, who passed away last December at the age of 84. This year's ball was dedicated to his memory.

The Pacific Athletic Foundation is the fundraising arm of Pacific Athletics. Its fundraising efforts support scholarships for student-athletes and sport-specific operations.

Thank You Letter From AD Ted Leland

Dear Tiger Fan,

On behalf of our coaches, student-athletes and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF), I want to say thank you for your contribution to the 2012 Orange & Black Ball, held at the Janssen-Lagorio Gymnasium on the evening of Sat., August 25.

Through the sale of silent and live auction items, as well as raffle ticket sales, this year’s Ball raised a total of $146,704, the best fundraising total in the thirteen year history of the event.  Proceeds from this year’s event provided direct financial support for our intercollegiate athletics program in two ways: 1) our teams received all of the funds from the sale of their designated auction items, and 2) the remainder of the proceeds were added to the PAF Scholarship Fund in support of our student-athletes. 

We had 663 people in attendance at this year’s Ball and everyone seemed to have a great time!  Plans are already in place to make things even better and more fun next year.  In fact, back by popular demand, we have already booked Angelina’s Spaghetti House to do the food next year.  Please be sure to “Save the Date” for the 2013 Orange & Black Ball, which will be held on Sat., August 24, 2013.

Your generosity truly helped to make this wonderful event possible and all of us in the Athletic Department are extremely grateful for your involvement.  Thanks again for your fantastic support!

Sincerely,

Ted Leland, '70, '74

Vice President for External Relations & Athletics