By Ken Scheer, Development Officer and Director of Rebuild My Church Outreach
In the fall of each year Marian University holds a special gala in which we:
recognize remarkable leaders in our community; raise funds for scholarships
so that we can continue to provide meaningful support to students of all
economic backgrounds; and highlight Marian University’s role in educating
transformative leaders for business, education, health care, sciences,
ministry, and civic life through an ever-expanding number of programs
On November 13, we will once again
gather at the JW Marriott in downtown
Indianapolis for this joyful occasion,
Elements of Excellence Gala. In a room
filled with remarkable leaders from
corporate and non-profit institutions alike,
we will honor:
- Sarah and John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D. for their tremendous work to advance
STEHM (science, technology, engineering, health, and mathematics)
education in Indiana and beyond. The Lechleiter’s have been generous
supporters of Catholic causes here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
- Raul Zavaleta for his entrepreneurship which has breathed new life into our
community through the creation of new opportunities and the stimulation
of new ideas. Zavaleta’s leadership has been instrumental in Marian
University’s efforts to recruit and retain outstanding students from the
Hispanic community. He has helped us to build strong relations with Latino
leaders throughout the state of Indiana.
- Bill Eckman ’74 for his distinguished service to his alma mater. Eckman
has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002 and as chairman since
2009. He is deeply committed to teaching ethics to students in health care,
business, education, and all professions.
- Dennis Donahue ’62 for his distinguished professional achievement.
Dennis has spent his life embodying the Franciscan sponsorship values
as a transformative leader throughout the world, to include his 30-year
dedication to the United States Foreign Service.
We are working hard to raise $1.7 million for scholarship support, and
expect to have 2,000 guests at this year’s gala. As of early August, over
$1 million has been raised.
This year’s gala carries a STEHM theme. At Marian University, we are integrating
our Franciscan sponsorship values into all areas of the curriculum, with
particular emphasis on science, technology, engineering, health care, and
mathematics (STEHM). The dollars raised during our annual gala benefit all
scholarship programs, including Rebuild My Church. Annually, we provide over
$2.3 million in scholarship assistance to the San Damiano Scholars and
the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminarians. (The Seminary is owned and
operated by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, but the seminarians receive
their academic formation here at Marian University.) Marian University greatly
appreciates your past involvement and support, and we look forward to having
you with us at the gala as we celebrate our community’s achievements and
bolster critical scholarship support for our students—the future leaders of our
city, state, and nation.
Learn more about the Elements of Excellence Gala and the honorees by
visiting www.marian.edu/gala. Contact Ken Scheer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 317.955.6204 with any questions regarding your attendance at and/or
support of the 2015 gala.