2018 Chanticleer Gala Recap
Each year, the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation (CAF) hosts the Chanticleer Gala, an event -- in the truest since of the word -- to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships and athletic operational needs.
Each year, this signature evening is a great night of entertainment and fellowship for Teal Nation. However, this year's Chanticleer Gala was like none other in terms of the amount of money raised and the honoring of the annual Chanticleer of the Year.
Held on May 11 at the Marriott Grande Dunes with Tru Sol providing the live entertainment, this year's auctions featured a Kentucky Derby trip, tickets to the ESPYS, tickets to the Emmy Awards, a Lake Placid trip, a Bahamas Trip, a CCU themed golf cart and even a black lab puppy. Overall, the CAF had a record-setting night as it raised over $100,000 for CCU Athletics through its silent and live auctions.
In addition to the money raised and good times, the Chanticleer Gala serves a dual purpose as the event is a time to recognize the Chanticleer of the Year. Much like the record-setting night financially, this year's event was historic as Christopher and Heather St. John were both named the Chanticleers of the Year, marking the first time multiple people were honored.
The St. Johns are both Coastal Carolina graduates and regularly attend CCU athletic events. The avid Chanticleer fans also are generous benefactors of their alma mater. Their financial support impacts the campus both athletically and academically.
In recognition of their recent major financial gift to the CAF, the Chanticleers' softball stadium will be named St. John Stadium during a dedication ceremony next spring. It marks the first-ever major donation made in support of women's athletics at CCU. The couple also have an endowed scholarship in memory of their first son together, William, who died of Trisomy 13 Syndrome before he was born. The William Abel St. John Scholarship will support students majoring in accounting or finance in CCU's E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.