Spotlight on Service at St. John’s University President’s Dinner

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Spirit of Service Awards Honor Robert B. Catell, Christie B. and Anthony J. de Nicola and Lewis S. Ranieri ’86C, ’87HON at Waldorf ~ Astoria, October 25

St. John’s University will hold its 15th Annual President’s Dinner on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at The Waldorf~Astoria Hotel in New York City. St. John’s President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M. will host what has become the University’s premier fundraising event.

Since its inception the President’s Dinner has generated revenue of $23,112,780. Funds raised from this signature event are used as scholarship assistance to directly benefit the University’s most deserving students.

One of the highlights of the black tie event is the presentation of the prestigious Spirit of Service Award to exceptional individuals who have lived their lives in accordance with the Vincentian philosophy of caring and concern for others, values that have served as the foundation of the St. John’s mission since its founding in 1870. This year’s honorees include Lewis S. Ranieri ’86C, ’87HON, Chairman, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chairman and Founding Partner, Ranieri and Co., Inc.; Christie B. de Nicola and Anthony J. de Nicola, Co-President, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; and Robert B. Catell, Chairman, Futures in Education, Diocese of Brooklyn and Chairman, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School.

Many past Spirit of Service Award honorees from previous President’s Dinners will be in attendance to celebrate with Fr. Harrington and the St. John’s community. NBC News 4 New York Sports Anchor Bruce Beck will serve as Master of Ceremonies, adding his special New York flair to this exceptional evening.

Lesley H. (’83SVC) and William L. Collins ’76C, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Brencourt Advisors LLC, are the 2012 Dinner Co-Chairs, and Mary P. (’00HON) and Peter J. Tobin ’65CBA, ’96HON are the Honorary Chairs for the past Spirit of Service Award honorees.    

Past honorees include Nina Aversano (2000), Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa (2002), Hon. Hugh L. Carey, deceased (2000), Lou Carnesecca (2008), Mary Carnesecca (2008), Richard Chapdelaine (2004), Margaret LaRosa D’Angelo (2011), Peter P. D’Angelo (2011), Richard DeZego (2005), Paul J. Evanson (2010), Kathleen M. Foley, M.D. (2006), Sr. Judy Garson, R.S.C.J. (2004), Jeffrey R. Holzschuh (2006), William J. Janetschek, Jr. (2011), Carol A. Kelleher (2009), Denis P. Kelleher (2009), Hon. Raymond W. Kelly (2010), Bernard D. Kennedy (2003), Raymond F. Kennedy, Esq., deceased (2002), Joseph M. Mattone, Sr., Esq. (2004), Mary Ann Mattone (2010), George T. McDonald (2008), Sr. Mary Rose McGeady, D.C., deceased (2003), John F. McGillicuddy, deceased (2000), Paula McInerney (2005), Thomas E. McInerney (2005), Edward D. Miller (1999), Arthur J. Mirante II, Esq. (2007), Elizabeth Mirante (2007), James P. Pellow, Ed.D. (2011), Frederic V. Salerno (2002), Linda S. Sanford (2003), James J. Schiro (2002), Joseph H. Schwartz (2008), Maria C. Schwartz (2008), Frank J. Sciame, Jr. (2009), Brian T. Shea (2007), Patricia M. Shea (2007), Donald L. Taffner, deceased (2007), Eleanor B. Taffner, deceased (2007), Mary P. Tobin (2005), Peter J. Tobin (1998), Charles R. Walsh (1999) and Salvatore J. Zizza (2006).

For additional information regarding the 15th Annual St. John’s University President’s Dinner contact Jeanne M. Umland ’79C, ’82G, ’93PD, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at         (718) 990-6776 or via e-mail at umlandj(at)stjohns(dot)edu. For media inquiries contact Dominic Scianna, Associate Vice President of External Affairs, at (718) 990-6185 or via e-mail at sciannad(at)stjohns(dot)edu.

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St. John's University is one of America's leading Catholic universities – nationally ranked by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report and recognized for its strong academic programs, diverse student body, and extensive community service programs. Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, St. John’s has distinguished itself by giving students the knowledge, skills and confidence to serve others while achieving lasting success – personally, professionally and spiritually. St. John’s boasts six campus locations (Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Oakdale, New York, Rome, Italy and Paris, France) and offers academic service-learning and study abroad opportunities across the world.

St. John’s University continues to embody its Vincentian mission through its Faith and Service programs. At St. John’s, service to the community is much more than a one-time volunteer experience; it is a lifetime commitment. We believe that giving back to the community teaches us lessons that can only be learned by serving, lessons that deepen our faith. Faith and Service is the guiding philosophy that encourages every member of the University community to use St. John’s educational and spiritual resources to excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community.

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Jeanne M. Umland
St. John's University (President's Dinner)
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Dominic Scianna, Associate Vice President of External Affairs