The Fairfield Awards Dinner 2016 Raises $1.1 million for Scholarship
The 28th annual Fairfield Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 31 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City raised $1.1 million for The Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other scholarships, which are awarded to students of diverse backgrounds and those who demonstrate financial need. The dinner also honored accomplished alumni, faculty and friends of the University for various achievements.
The Alumni Multicultural Scholarship, established in 1988, is Fairfield’s largest endowed scholarship. To date, more than $5.8 million dollars in aid has been awarded to more than 200 students. There were over 700 guests in attendance.
Fairfield University President, Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., said in his remarks on Thursday night, “The Fairfield Awards Dinner is critical to our institution in its support for our Multicultural Scholarship Fund. Providing educational opportunities to people who might not otherwise have those opportunities — that is our mission as a University.”
This year’s Awards Dinner co-chairs were Douglas W. Hammond ’86, chairman and CEO of NFP, and William A. Malloy ’80, P’17, ’11, partner at Aquiline Capital Partners, LLC.
The honorees for the night were Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, P’02, director of Choral Music at Fairfield, who received the Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award; William and Margaret Atwell, P’08 who received the inaugural Parent Leadership Award; George E. Diffley, P’97, ’96 who received the Honorary Alumnus Award; Andrew M. Davis ’89, Matthew McLaughlin ’89 and Joseph Solimine, Jr. ’89 who received the Alumni Service Award; and Patricia E. Glassford ’85, vice president and chief financial officer at GE Energy Connections, who received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award.
There was also a featured performance given by The Fairfield University Glee Club. Dr. Michael Ciavaglia ’04, a Glee Club alumnus, conducted the first song, “A New Song,” by Marvin Curtis. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon was conducted by honoree, Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell.