Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration Will Benefit President’s Innovation Fund

Published on Thu, April 13, 2017


Next month when Marywood University hosts its Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration, the event’s proceeds will benefit the President’s Innovation Fund, which supports Marywood’s growth.

Set for Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the Center for Athletics and Wellness on Marywood’s campus, the Community Leadership Celebration is an annual event at which hundreds of business professionals, community leaders, and friends of Marywood University come together to help make a difference in the name of Marywood. In its first three years, the event has helped the University secure more than one million dollars toward enhanced learning opportunities for students.

The President’s Innovation Fund was created following the inauguration of Marywood’s 12th President, Sister Mary Persico, IHM, in the fall. Known for her passion for bringing people together, Sister Mary envisioned a comprehensive fund that would support Marywood’s growth and innovation as an academic community. The fund enjoyed a successful kickoff at the end of 2016 by surpassing a 1,500 donor challenge issued by Lisa A. Lori, Esq., Marywood board chair. A total of 1,910 alumni and friends supported the fund’s launch.

Patrick Fricchione, M.D., a Marywood trustee and the honoree at this year’s Community Leadership Celebration, specifically chose the President’s Innovation Fund as the beneficiary of the event’s proceeds. “The better Marywood does, the better the community does,” said Dr. Fricchione. “Marywood is its own community, but Marywood also reaches out to the greater community. It’s a wonderful educational and cultural asset to Northeast Pennsylvania that has been here for more than 100 years. How many other institutions can say that? Not many. I am proud to be a part of the Marywood community.”

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, president of Marywood University stated, “Dr. Fricchione understands the important work of a university board, and he has worked tirelessly throughout his service to strengthen Marywood and make a lasting impact. He has primarily focused on resources that support Marywood’s growth and its students. That’s why he wanted the proceeds from this year’s Community Leadership Celebration to benefit the President’s Innovation Fund.”

Visit CLC for additional information on the Fourth Annual Community Leadership Celebration at Marywood University, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to buy tickets to the event, or call 570-348-6238.