The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust donated $1.5 million.
Through their own personal stories and passions, speakers inspired students at the second annual TedxSanLuisObispo conference.
Students can get tickets for free at the Performing Arts Center Tuesday through Friday.
It will be staged at the Performing Arts Center Pavilion on Tuesday, May 30 and Thursday, June 1 at 8 p.m.
Hundreds of people filed into the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC) for the event.
Play games for the chance to win prizes that may include appliances, vacations or even a new car.
TEDxCalPoly lineup includes psychology professor Don Ryujin and the head of awareness and education for Current Solutions.