LAA Annual Scholarship Gala

In accordance with the latest update issued by USC’s Office of the Provost, and for the safety and well-being of our alumni, the USC Latino Alumni Association’s Gala in 2021 will be a virtual event.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing interest of our alumni to stay connected to the Trojan Family and to support our university. Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation. Fight On!

Save the Date

46th Scholarship Gala
Virtual Event
Saturday, February 27, 2021
5:00 pm (PST)

Contact Vivian for Sponsorship Opportunities at 213 740-6187

Legacy Award Honoree

Michael Felix ’83

Michael Felix is a financial services professional and dedicated USC supporter who has held numerous leadership positions with USC alumni groups. He most recently served as global head of investment operations for Los Angeles-based The Capital Group Companies, where he oversaw a team of more than 900 associates across the globe until his retirement in July 2019.

Felix earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 1983. He has since served the university in many volunteer roles, including past president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and past chair of the USC School of Dramatic Arts Board of Councilors, the USC Caruso Catholic Center Advisory Board, and the USC Latino Alumni Associ­ation Corporate Advisory Council. Felix also serves as a board member of USC Associates. The USC Alumni Association recognized his longtime volunteerism with its Alumni Service Award in 2014.

A Southern California native, Felix grew up in Pico Rivera and attended USC as a first-generation college student. He supported himself during school with a work-study job on campus and through other part-time positions. After completing his degree, he worked with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles and became a certified public accountant. In 1987, Felix joined The Capital Group Companies and climbed the ranks during the following three decades to his most recent role overseeing global investment operations. He also has served as a director, senior vice president, and treasurer of several other subsidiary companies within the firm.

As his career flourished, Felix began giving back to USC by volunteering with the USC Latino Alumni Association. His connections to the university strengthened when his two daughters, Taylor and Jordan, became students and Song Girls at USC. Their involvement in dance inspired Felix to support the USC School of Dramatic Arts and later the USC Kaufman School of Dance, where his wife, Debbie, serves on the Board of Councilors. The Felix family’s ties to USC continue with son, Austin, who is studying economics.

Michael is the first Latino to have served as President of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. He is now a USC Trustee.

Check out our past event photos:

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 

2015 | 2014 | 2013 

Presenting Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the 46th Scholarship Gala.  Your support allows us to provide scholarships and professional development programming to undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, companies, and USC schools.  This is a great marketing/branding opportunity while supporting our students.

Please note included in the various sponsorship levels is a custom-designed USC LAA Meal Box.  Food and wine will be delivered the day of the event with easy instructions for reheating and assembling your meal.  Meal delivery is available in most of LA, Orange and Ventura Counties- USC LAA GALA Delivery Zip Codes.

If you would like to support the event but fall outside of the delivery zip codes or are out of state, your donation will be 100% tax deductible. You can also purchase an individual viewing ticket and participate in the event live.

Presenting Sponsor $50,000 (one available) – SOLD!

  • VIP Dinner and Wine for twenty (20) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Recognition during event
  • Full-page advertisement on inside front cover of event program
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Linked logo recognition on LAA Gala webpage for one year
  • Product placement opportunity
  • Access to virtual after-party

Signature Sponsor $25,000

  • VIP Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Recognition during event
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Linked Logo recognition on LAA Gala webpage for one year
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Benefactor Sponsor $15,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Recognition during event
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Access to virtual after-party

Trustee Sponsor $10,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Recognition during event
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Trojan Sponsor $5,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Half-page digital advertisement in gala program
  • Name recognition on event collateral and LAA website
  • Access to virtual after-party

Friend of the LAA $3500

  • Premier dinner and wine for (4) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Half-page digital advertisement in gala program
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Individual Tickets (meals and wine included)

  • Single Ticket $400: Dinner and Wine for one (delivered to their home) and access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.
  • Young Alumni Ticket (35 and under) $350 * 2 maximum per young alumni: Dinner and Wine for one (delivered to their home/ meals must be delivered to same address if 2 tickets purchased), access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.

Individual Viewing (no meals or wine included) (100% tax-deductible): $100

  • Access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.

 

DIGITAL ADVERTISEMENT

Full-Page
Corporations & Associations  $1,000
Individuals (no corporate logo) $500

Half-Page
Corporations & Associations  $500
Individuals (no corporate logo) $250

Gala contributions are tax-deductible with the exception of $150 per ticket

Individual Viewing (no meals or wine included) – 100% tax-deductible

USC Tax ID: 95-1642394

For further questions, please contact Vivian Sampson at 213-740-6187 or Dolores Sotelo at 213 740-4737.

Our annual Scholarship Gala is our premier fundraising event. It provides an opportunity to network with the who’s who of the Latino business community, alumni and friends.

Every year, we present two awards at our gala. Commemorating the legacy of USC’s eighth president, the Dr. John R. Hubbard Award is presented to an outstanding graduating Latino student for academic achievement, leadership and community service. The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus/a for his or her contributions to USC and the LAA, professional achievements and philanthropy.