Marywood hosts second Community Leadership fundraising event


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Sister Anne presents Jack Tighe with the Lead On award at last year’s Community Leadership Celebration.

Erin Yeager, Staff Writer

Marywood University will hold its second Community Leadership Fundraising event on Thursday, May 7 in the Center of Athletics and Wellness to raise money for the new Learning Commons.

The event honors partnerships established with the University. Members of the Lynett-Haggerty Family will be presented with the Lead On award, which recognizes and honors established community leaders. 

Members of the Lynett-Haggerty family have been benefactors to Marywood.  They have supported countless annual and capital campaigns, endowed academic scholarships, and earned a medal of academic achievement in communication arts.

The fundraiser will include a silent art auction featuring faculty art, a cocktail dining experience, a dessert reception, and entertainment for the guests.

Sister Anne Munley, I.H.M., Ph.D., related the upcoming fundraiser to Marywood’s community.

“This event celebrates the vision of Marywood University, and [celebrates] the tremendous commitment of our trustees,” said Sr. Anne. “[It also] celebrates the congregation of Marywood’s community, who are continuously promoting educational success.”

Sr. Anne said that preparation for the event has been extensive.

“It was a tremendous amount of effort by our advancement staff, such as conferencing and events planning,” said Sr. Anne. “There was a huge number of volunteer involvement from trustees, as well.”

Renée Gregori Zehel, vice president of University Advancement, said that attendees are in for some great entertainment at the event.

“Last year we had dancers hanging from the ceiling on ribbons, like acrobats,” said Zehel. “This year, however, we have a speed painter. He’s going to be painting three of Marywood’s most memorable places, all in the span of 5 to 7 minutes.”

The price of one ticket is $500 and the price for one table is $5,000. So far, 120 tables have been purchased by sponsors, alumni, and friends that are supportive of the education offered at Marywood.

“Marywood has always had wonderful alumni that are great leaders in their communities, both professionally and personally,” said Zehel. “They are committed and ready to serve others.”