Former Provincial Honored at Dinner Raising 3.3 Million for Scholarships
Held in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown on Friday, October 27, the Dinner drew nearly 850 preregistered guests including benefactors, faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, and members of the St. John’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
Since its inception in 1998, St. John’s premier fundraising event has now raised nearly $37 million in total revenue while celebrating the University’s Catholic and Vincentian values.
A Passion for Service
Spirit of Service honorees described the impact the University’s values have had on their lives.
Fr. Carroll, who recently finished his term as Provincial for the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission and Vice Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trustees, had served as Executive Vice President for Mission and Branch Campuses at the University. “This annual dinner is a celebration of sacrifice, of spirit, and of service,” he said. “It is a fitting metaphor for St. John’s University and a good reminder of all of the work that still needs to be done.”
“The Vincentian tradition is one of great charity, great love,” said Mr. Kurre. “It’s certainly something I’ve carried throughout my life.” Mrs. Kurre also shared that she and her husband are the proud parents of a St. John’s alumnus. “That’s very special to us,” she said, “because our son was able to have the values of the Vincentian Mission instilled in him.”
Ms. Keane, who accepted the award on behalf of Synchrony Financial, noted that she held three jobs while attending St. John’s. “I valued my education very highly,” she said, “so, I’m always sensitive to families that struggle and people who go that extra mile.” Ms. Keane helped create the Families That Work program at Synchrony Financial. “It’s about helping that family that’s on the edge—the one whose parents have multiple jobs, trying to figure out day care, housing, and paying their rent. We teach them financial literacy.”
- Rev. Michael J. Carroll, C.M. ’09HON
Former Provincial Superior,
Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission;
Former Vice Chair, St. John’s University Board of Trustees
- John H. Hajjar, M.D., F.A.C.S. ’77C
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
The Sovereign Health System,
Sharon F. Hajjar ’79SVC, ’86P
- Frank L. Kurre ’84CBA
Managing Partner–Northeast Region,
Grant Thornton LLP;
Member of St. John’s University Board of Governors
Francesca M. Kurre
- Synchrony Financial
Accepting on behalf of Synchrony Financial was
Margaret M. Keane ’81C, ’87MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer;
Secretary and Member of St. John’s University Board of Trustees
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