David A.R. White speaks to guests at a gala to support Santa Clarita Christian School on Friday. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

‘God’s Not Dead’ actor speaks for Santa Clarita Christian School gala

In an effort to help renovate the school’s gym and other parts of campus, Santa Clarita Christian School held its fundraising gala, “The Courage to Dream Big,” at Blomgren Properties on Friday.

“The school has been around for 36 years,” said marketing director Lonna Gibson. “The last time we held a gala was in 2011. The whole purpose of having this is campus improvement, refurbish parts of the gym and make it more accessible for students. We have students with torn ACLs who can get better access into the building.”

Parents, faculty members and other guests watched a short presentation about the school and its history. With 60 students volunteering to serve those in attendance, the gala featured David A.R. White, actor, filmmaker and founding partner of Pure Flix Entertainment. Pure Flix produced the 2014 faith film “God’s Not Dead,” in which White starred.

“I’ve always had the heart and passion for the faith-based film industry, and growing up as a believer and really, growing up, only the Billy Graham organization had Christian films and that was it,” White said before he walked on stage. “I wanted to further that genre and actually make it a genre, and I feel like we’ve done that over the years.”

White said Christian schools were important in supporting children’s religious beliefs, and they have been a blessing for him as they are for children.

“I think Christian school is so important in today’s society, with the way that our society seems to be shifting,” he said. “It’s important to, especially as Christians, to hold our Judeo, biblical viewpoint.”

Holly Aispuro was among the parents who attended the gala, happy to see everyone attend in support of the school. She also works at the school as a teacher’s aid.

“It’s exciting to have (White) here because he has another great cause just with Pure Flix, something we can all agree with and support,” said Aispuro.

The gala also featured silent and live auctions, dinner and live entertainment by LeRoy Mack and GloryLand.

Proceeds also went to tuition assistance, enhancements on the curriculum and professional development for faculty members.

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