DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Mercy College honored influential state and business leaders at its 32nd Annual Trustees’ Scholarship Dinner earlier this month at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event, which raised more than $400,000 for student scholarships, was attended by more than 250 people including prominent dignitaries, Mercy College board members, administration, faculty, alumni and supporters. The college honored notable executives in business, government and the arts, including Douglas D. Gollan, Co-Founder and Group President of Elite Traveler Media Group; Michael Robinson, Chief Executive Officer and President of Broadview Networks; President Pro Tempore and New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein; and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Edward and Dorothy Oberhaus, each for serving as shining examples of unwavering dedication that led to professional and academic success. “Mercy College is honored to celebrate the distinguished careers and contributions of our honorees, said Mercy College President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “Their personal and professional success is an inspiration to our students and the support provided to the College through this annual event helps ensure Mercy students are prepared for successful careers, advanced education and productive lives.” Several students spoke about the personal experience afforded by Mercy College and the meaningful partnerships and relationships they have formed with Mercy professors and mentors. Speakers included MBA student, David Padilla, who had the honor of introducing President Obama at The White House earlier this month; alumna Jill Muller, a recipient of the prestigious Mellon Fellowship; senior Marcos Gallardo; and freshman Shawnice Moore. “Mercy lit a fire in me that now continues to grow - I want to learn and develop as much as I can," Padilla said. "I want to see how much I can push myself. I want to thank my professors for the guidance they have provided me. I am forever grateful for all the assistance I have received at Mercy College.” Moore added, “For those of us on scholarships, you - and Mercy College—are the best partners we could ever have. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I’m grateful to be able to tell you tonight that I honor your generosity every day.” The annual Trustees’ Scholarship Dinner is Mercy College’s largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds help to fund student scholarships that would not be available otherwise. Additional funds are being raised through May 29 via the College’s online auction, CharityBuzz.com. The auction is open to the public and features Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert tickets; a golf package at Westchester Country Club; a vacation in Cozumel, Mexico; and many other items. To bid, visit the auction website.
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