Awards Dinner Raises $1.35 Million for Scholarship Fund
The 27th Annual Fairfield University Awards Dinner was held Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The annual dinner, which honors accomplished alumni, administrators, faculty, and friends of the University, raised $1.35 million to support The Multicultural Scholarship Fund. The amount raised brings the historical and cumulative Awards Dinner total to over $16 million.
The attendance and fiscal support more than doubled 2014’s numbers, and was the most highly attended Awards Dinner in 15 years.
University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., said in his remarks at the dinner, “This mission is more critical than it has ever been, as we must strive together as a community to make those opportunities available to persons of all backgrounds. Our Multicultural Scholarship Fund makes this happen.”
The honorees for the night were Brian P. Hull ’80, P’13, a member of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees and chairman and head of strategic clients for UBS Group Americas who received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award; Elner L. Morrell ’81, P’03, board member of the Connecticut Community Foundation and past member of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees who received the Alumni Service Award; and Mark C. Reed ’96, Fairfield University’s senior vice president for administration and chief of staff and adjunct professor for the Mathematics Department and the Dolan School of Business’ MBA program, who received the Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award.
This year’s Awards Dinner co-chairs were Douglas W. Hammond ’86, chairman and CEO of NFP, and Paul J. Huston ’82, chairman of Hudson Ferry Capital.
The Multicultural Scholarship Fund is given to students of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Since 1988, the scholarship has been awarded to nearly 500 students. Recipients have gone on to study aerospace engineering, manage worldwide financial companies, become award-winning writers, and create positive change in politics and education.
The featured speaker and master of ceremonies was ABC News anchor Tom Llamas, an accomplished award-winning journalist who has covered historical events including the Boston Marathon bombings, super storm Sandy, and the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. As a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Llamas shares Fairfield University’s dedication to a Jesuit education.
A highlight of the night was a special performance by The Alternate Routes, a band comprised of three Fairfield University alumni. Eric Donnelly ’01, Tim Warren ’03, and Kurt Leon ’07, performed their worldwide hit single, “Nothing More,” which was also featured at the 2014 Olympics closing ceremonies and consistently performed on national television shows.
Watch The Fairfield Awards Dinner thank you video, the honoree tribute videos and more here.
*Pictured: 2015 Awards Dinner Program Participants. From left to right: Paul Huston '82, Mark Reed '96, Brian Hull '80,P'13, Tom Llamas, Elner Morrell '81,P'03,
Rev. Jeffery P. von Arx, S.J., Douglas Hammond '86, Shannon Siwinski '92,P'16.