De La Salle Dinner Shatters Record


The Waldorf Astoria, closing doors for renovation on March first, hosted one of the most important fundraisers for Manhattan College, the De La Salle Medal Dinner. This year, an outstanding amount of money was collected by the school, breaking an all-time record of $2 million.

The De La Salle Medal is an honor conferred annually to honor executives who exemplify the principles of excellence and corporate leadership. This year the award was given to Stephen J. Squeri, class of ’81, vice chairman of American Express Company.

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2017 De La Salle Medal  Honoree Stephen J. Squeri ’81

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Squeri works very closely with the CEO and he is a member of the Officers’ Group, who oversees the company’s strategic direction as they make key policy decisions affecting the company overall.

“I am truly grateful for the support from Stephen J. Squeri and American Express Company during this year’s record-breaking De La Salle Medal Dinner raising over $2 million. Steve is a wonderful example of the success and values that come from a Manhattan education,” said Thomas Mauriello, Vice President for College Advancement.

Mauriello was also the person in charge of organizing the dinner.

The goal was to obtain a little bit more than the $1 million dollars that was raised two years ago, but when the donations started coming in, the office for College Advancement realized they could beat last year’s mark of 1.75 million.

The medal has been given to people like Rudolph W. Giuliani ’65, former mayor of New York City, and Thomas D. O’Malley ’63, chairman and CEO of Tosco Corporation.

The conference featured speeches by Squeri, President Brennan O’Donnell, and Maxwell Pietrzrak, current student of the School of Business.

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Senior Maxwell Pietzrak addresses guests.  

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According to the office of College Advancement, Squeri made this goal-breaking possible due to his outreach and motivation, and when the alumni committee saw this commitment, they rose to the occasion and realized they could go higher than ever before.

Jim Ryan ’60, former Jasper and former anchor of “Good Day New York,” hosted the event as he has done in the previous years, showing a familiar face to the crowd.

“This was an opportunity to showcase the college,” said President Brennan O’Donnell. “The most important part is that they [alumni] get to meet who our students are.”

Although the collected funds are unrestricted dollars, which means that they can be applied to a diverse variety of needs, they are mainly destined to fund student scholarships and financial aid.

The next fundraising event is the Jasper Open in May. The committee is now deciding who the next dinner honoree will be, as they are always trying to overcome records to provide better opportunities for the upcoming Jaspers.

Special thanks to Tiana Sloan, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, for the details about this event.