April 26, 2016
On Saturday, April 16, President Barry H. Corey and the Campaign National Tour stopped in San Francisco, Calif., for the tour’s ninth event. Local alumni, parents and friends gathered to learn more about “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University,” the $180 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning.
Approximately 50 guests attended the event, hosted at the Presidio Officer’s Club. Amidst a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and connecting with fellow Biolans prior to the event program.
Rob Bredow (’94), a Biola alumnus and current Head of ILMxLAB and VP of the Advanced Development Group for Lucasfilm, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Bredow shared about the different films he has had the chance to work on, including the latest Star Wars film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Bredow credits Biola with providing a solid biblical foundation that has guided him throughout his career in the film industry. “Biola helped me get my bearings in my faith and allowed me to learn what it means to have an influence in my industry. As Christians, our greatest influence isn’t when we are trying to convince people to join our camp or shove a Christian worldview into a film but when we are genuinely loving and serving them and seeking their success,” he said, adding “When we try to love the people around us like Christ, that’s when we have the greatest influence.”
Bredow also emphasized the value of institutions like Biola University in training men and women who are competent in a wide variety of career fields and able to do good work. “Our workplace is about influencing others towards Christ, but it is also part of our own stories and part of Jesus’s redemptive plan – the work itself has redemptive value in our world,” he said.
President Barry H. Corey then briefly introduced guests to the details of the comprehensive fundraising campaign, including the focus on both student affordability and the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health.
“This is the most ambitious campaign in Biola’s history, with our goal of $180 million, which is nearly 10 times larger than our previous largest fundraising campaign,” Corey shared, adding, “But this campaign is not just about bricks and mortar, but about putting Biola into a better position to carry on its important task of raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in key spheres of society.”
At the event, Corey also shared the exciting news that The Campaign for Biola University had just crossed the $170 million mark toward to campaign goal. “We are seeing a lot of momentum, and we are on a good track to reach the finish line,” Corey said.
After learning about the campaign, guests were invited to support The Campaign for Biola University. Thanks to the generosity of guests in attendance and a $20,000 challenge gift from the Christian Community Credit Union, provider of the Biola Visa credit card, over $48,000 was given that at the event to support Biola’s bold vision for the future. To date, the Campaign National Tour has raised over $600,000 from events and subsequent gifts by attendees.
The Campaign National Tour hosts its final event of the spring in Seattle, WA, on May 7, 2016. For the fall schedule and to register for the Seattle event, visit the tour website.
Around 100 alumni join Biola for the East Coast stops of the Campaign National Tour.
Bonnie Norlander ('04) puts her love of art to work with Groundswell, an art organization in Brooklyn, NY, that facilitates social change through bringing together artists, youth and the community around public art projects.
Amy Ortega ('12) uses her journalism education to be a light in Hollywood through her work as a Publicity Coordinator with Pantelion Films.