Saint Mary’s College and Gump's, San Francisco’s legendary luxury shopping destination, along with celebrated Bay Area jewelry designer Ashley Morgan, are collaborating on a very special event to benefit the College’s Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) program, a unique academic program specifically designed for professional dance artists.

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Gump’s will host a special trunk show featuring unique creations from the Ashley Morgan jewelry collection. Nationally recognized for her use of natural stones, precious gems and one-of-a-kind designs, Morgan is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from the Gump’s trunk sale to scholarships for LEAP students. Launched 13 years ago, LEAP removes barriers to educational opportunities for professional dancers and prepares them for an easier career transition if age or injury prevents them from actively pursuing their dance careers.  

Almost a dozen LEAP students, including dancers from well-known Bay Area companies, such as the San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet and LINES Ballet, will appear at the trunk show to share their stories and several will model selections from the Ashley Morgan jewelry collection.

What:  Gump’s/Ashley Morgan Trunk Show to Benefit Saint Mary's LEAP Program

When:  5;30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013

Where: Gump’s, 135 Post Street, San Francisco, Calif.  94108

Background: Saint Mary’s LEAP program currently serves more than 300 dancers from major companies, film, television and the Broadway stage. LEAP classes are offered in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York. For more information about the program and the Ashley Morgan Trunk sale at Gump’s to benefit LEAP, contact Christena Reinhard at (925) 631-4787 or at cr14@stmarys-ca.edu.

Selected by Gump’s for her unique and elegant work, Ashley Morgan was chosen to design one-of-a-kind accessories for this iconic San Francisco store. Morgan’s collection complements the Gump’s aesthetic of rare and luxurious gemstones incorporated into contemporary, inimitable pieces. For more information about Ashley Morgan, visit ashleymorgandesigns.com, and for more about San Francisco's legendary destination for luxury gifts, fine jewelry, artful objects and home decor, visit gumps.com.

About SMC: 
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,100 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
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