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Trustees Gala Raises Over $800KFor Student Scholarships

Photo from left: Honorees Jerome C. Cifarelli ’77; Lee Ann Valvano, Jim Valvano’s daughter; Iona University President Seamus Carey, Ph.D.; Dr. Susana Greer, the V Foundation; and Daniel F. Doyle ’93, ’95MBA.

Iona University hosted its annual Trustees Scholarship Award Gala on April 21, 2023, raising over $800,000 to support student scholarships. Gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, this year’s gala honored the outstanding accomplishments of distinguished business and community leaders who have contributed to the success of Iona in various ways over the years.

The Iona Legacy Award was presented to Jerome C. Cifarelli ’77, ANC Sports Enterprises chairman and founder; and Daniel F. Doyle ’93, ’95MBA, an accomplished executive in the fintech and credit card industry. This award honors exceptional individuals in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments and commitment to Iona.

The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award was presented to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by ESPN broadcaster and legendary Iona basketball coach Jim Valvano, and the Valvano Family. The award recognizes those who, by their activities and service to others, have reinforced Iona’s identity as a University founded in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is named after Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers.

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