NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The 2018 Iona College Trustees Scholarship Award Gala celebration once again honored outstanding alumni in celebration of the College's mission of service, scholarship and life-long learning. The 56th annual event raised more than $1 million for Iona and its students and took place on April 13 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Friends of Iona gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the Iona College Legacy and Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award honorees. The Board of Trustees presented the Legacy Award to two exceptional alumni: Armando C. Rodriguez Jr. ’86, president & CEO, A&A Maintenance Enterprise, and Joseph A. Armentano ’88MBA, CEO, Paraco Gas Corporation. The award is bestowed upon unique individuals in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments.
The Humanitarian Award, named to honor the founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, recognizes those who by their activities and service to others have reinforced Iona's identity as a College founded in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona presented the Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award to David A. Pope ’07H and the Generoso Pope Foundation.
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"Our annual gala brings us together to celebrate the College, the accomplishments of others and raise needed resources to ensure an Iona education remains affordable and attainable for our students. More than one in three Iona students are the first in their families to attend college," said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. "These outstanding honorees are a testament to Iona's mission to serve, and the liberating power of higher education. This collective group of individuals is focused on one common goal: Moving the World."
In accepting the awards, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Armentano and Mr. Pope joined an impressive group of past honorees, including His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan '14H, Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
The Board of Trustees carefully selected the honored individuals as they portray and live the mission of Iona College," said James P. Hynes '69, '01H, chairman of the Iona College Board of Trustees. "On behalf of the Board, I thank everyone for their generous support and dedication to the College."
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona’s 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. Recent significant College announcements include the appointment of a new dean of the business school, plans for a new, state-of-the-art school of business facility and the establishment of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.