2018 UC Alumni UK Charity Gala


The third annual University of California Alumni UK Charity Gala will take place on Saturday 17 March 2018 at the historic Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

The gala fundraiser includes a networking reception, three-course dinner, silent auction, raffle prize draw, DJ and dancing. Television writer and producer, Frank Spotnitz (UCLA alumnus) will deliver the keynote address. 

Profits from the evening will go towards supporting scholarships for UC students to study abroad in the United Kingdom.

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Keynote Address: Frank Spotnitz, UCLA Alumnus 

"Storytelling is not just about plotting. Once the audience engages with a character, they will construct their own narrative alongside yours - and in this internet-driven age, they will share their narrative with others. They might even prefer the plot they've imagined to yours! The only thing you as a storyteller can uniquely deliver to an audience is a satisfying emotional journey that tells them something about the world that they don't know - and makes them think."

Frank is the CEO of Big Light Productions, a London- and Paris-based production company, specialising in international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries. Since founding Big Light in 2013, Frank has created and executive produced international shows, including the Emmy award-winning The Man in the High Castle, The Indian Detectivetwo series of RansomMedici: Masters of Florence and Hunted. He shares three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files, and was Emmy-nominated both for writing and for Outstanding Drama Series. Frank divides his time between Big Light's London and Paris offices. 

He will share insights on the changing nature of television, as well as his personal journey from UCLA to CEO. 

Frank received his BA in English from UCLA in 1982 and subsequently his MFA from the American Film Institute. As an undergraduate at UCLA, he served as the Editor of the student newspaper The Daily Bruin and was a professional journalist prior to entering the world of film and television. He is also the proud father of a UCLA alumnus.

Matt DuncanGala Scholarship Donor Speaker: Matthieu Duncan, UCSB Alumnus

Matthieu "Matt" Duncan is the Chief Executive Officer of Natixis Asset Management, an investment management firm based in Paris, France. Matt began his career in the financial services industry at Goldman Sachs, where he held various roles within the equities division of the firm in New York, London, and Paris between 1990 and 2003. He has also held roles within the asset management sector in London, including Chief Operating Officer for Quilter Cheviot Limited and Head of Business Strategy for Newton Investment Management (a BNY Mellon company). A dual US and French citizen, Matt graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1987 with a BA in Business Economics (Magna Cum Laude) and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Matt is one of the founding donors of the UCSB Alumni UK Study Abroad Fund which has helped over 20 students study in the UK since its inception in 2013.


Silent Auction & Raffle Prize Draw 

All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle prize draw go towards helping University of California students study abroad in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Last year the UC community raised over $17,000. This year, help us reach $20,000! 

Donations for the silent auction and prize draw are currently being accepted. 

If you would like to donate an item or experience to the 2018 Gala, please contact Jami Jenkins.


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Bloomsbury HotelThe Bloomsbury Hotel

Situated in the historic 18th century neighborhouud of the same name, The Bloomsbury is located in London's literary heartland. The hotel is a magnificent Edin Lutyen's Grade II-listed neo-Georgian bulding with striking Corinthian pilasters and distinctive red brick lending a stately appearance. The Bloomsbury Hotel is one of eight luxury and urban hotels in London, Dublin, Washington DC, Cork and Bristol, that make up The Doyle Collection.

The Doyle Collection is kindly offering 10% off the best available rates to Gala attendees on the night of 17 March 2017 using the promotional code: CALIFORNIA. Please note there are only a limited number of rooms available at these rates - so don't hesitate to book yours today!

Thank you to The Doyle Collection for this discount, hosting the 3rd annual charity gala at the Bloomsbury hotel, and for supporting the silent auction.


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2018 UC Alumni UK Charity Gala Committee

The UC Alumni UK Charity Gala is an event developed by the UC Alumni UK Board, which includes volunteer leaders from 9 UC alumni networks in London. The Gala is coordinated by a committee of dedicated alumni volunteers, with support from the University of California Trust (UK). If you would like to learn how you can get invovled, please contact the Co-Chairs.

Co-Chairs: Catherine Townson (San Diego) and Vivian Chen (Los Angeles).

Committee Members: Nadia Macias (Berkeley), Su Kim-Stroud (Irvine), Masha Ooijevaar (Los Angeles), Jami Jenkins (Los Angeles), Trisha Rassatt (San Diego), and Claire Frost (Santa Barbara). 

See photos from the 2017 UC Alumni UK Charity Gala on Facebook >>