By Liz Sullivan
It was a night of music, laughter, prayer, thanksgiving and a trip back to the future as Archbishop Mitty High School held its 25th Annual Black & Gold Gala on November 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The event was hosted by the school’s Board of Regents and saw close to 1,000 people in attendance.
“Thank you all for coming and making this such a special evening,” said Mitty Principal Tim Brosnan.
Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath offered the Invocation before the three-course meal and words of thanks.
“I am very delighted to be here and give thanks to all things, but especially Archbishop Mitty High School and especially Tim (Brosnan) and all of the tremendous work he has done over the years.”
Among the highlights of the evening were performances by Jazz In The AM – Jazz Band, The Royals Dance Team and special appearances by Mitty alumni.
Alums Noah Collins and Shawn Clifford, Class of 2015, served as emcees during the musical portion of the gala. The pair took attendees on an adventure “Back to the Future” and 1992 when Principal Brosnan was deciding to have the inaugural gala. Class of 2010 alumnus Matt Hill, in the role of “Doc Brown” from the movie traveled back in time to prevent antagonist “Biff”, who had stolen a time-traveling DeLorean automobile, from talking Brosnan out of holding the first event and thus preventing subsequent galas.
Long-time former Tonight Show Host Jay Leno was the featured performer. Leno capped the evening and performed for almost 75 minutes where he touched on current events across the entertainment, political, religious and sports worlds.
Proceeds from the Gala benefit the IMAGINE Campaign in support of the John A. and Susan Sobrato Science and Student Life Center. The IMAGINE Campaign supports the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building and student commons at Mitty.