With thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of this event

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Larry Sonsini

Esther Barazzone & Sam Black

Gabriel Battista

Frida Giannini

Angela & Gianni Linari

Thomas & Linda McCarthy

Edward Schwarz

And our in-kind donors:

The Gala will have a lively program that includes an aperitivo, dinner, a live auction, and the presentation of three Presidential Medals to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our University.


All proceeds from the Gala and Auction will go directly to sustaining scholarships that enable AUR to provide deserving students with an inspiring and innovative education. Scholarships, awarded based on need and/or merit, will support military veterans, refugees, and promising individuals from economically challenged backgrounds.


The funds generated will also help us continue to grow as an institution and further our mission while promoting the intercultural experience that distinguishes AUR. By securing the future of AUR, we can continue to ensure our students' access to opportunities for individual growth, stimulating academic programs, and a rewarding future.


With these aspirations for our institution and its students in mind, we are asking all friends and supporters of AUR to sponsor the Gala and purchase a seat (or a table) at the event. Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of young minds, paving the way for them to have a positive impact on the future.

For sponsorship levels and ticket purchases, please click here.

Our 50th Anniversary Gala and Auction will be held in the enchanting Villa Piccolomini, a magnificent estate overlooking the Eternal City.  

Enveloped in the verdant calm of the Janiculum Hill, Villa Piccolomini is surrounded by a park that looks onto St. Peter’s Basilica. From the ancient portico bordering the garden, one can admire Michelangelo’s magnificent dome.

With its beginnings as a vineyard dating back to antiquity, the Villa has seen the coming and going of many centuries and many owners. Its final resident was Nicolò Piccolomini, an actor and pilot, who was killed in the Second World War aged only 28. In keeping with Nicolò's wishes, the Villa was entrusted to the care of the Piccolomini Foundation.