In grand style, Marian University celebrated the opening of the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing, and the 21st Annual Mary McNulty Young ’47 Opportunities for Excellence Scholarship Dinner as a part of the Making Miracle Gala at the JW Marriott on Friday, October 18.
That evening, more than 1,700 leaders from the civic, health care, religious, and business community gathered with alumni, faculty, staff, and students to celebrate Marian University’s commitment to health care. Jefferson Brougher and the Brougher Family were the presenting sponsors of the program and BKD, LLP, a trusted, national CPA and advisory firm, sponsored the reception.
“The Making Miracles Gala marks a major milestone for the university and the advances we are making in serving the primary health care needs of our city and state, as well as the great scholarship support we are able to provide our student body,” said President Daniel J. Elsener. “We are thankful for community partners and friends like Michael A. Evans, Community Health Network, St.Vincent Health, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, and so many others who have not only joined us to celebrate, but also are helping us execute our ambitious vision.”
During the gala, Marian University announced they secured nearly $8 million in support for academic programming and scholarships. Vincent Caponi of St.Vincent Health and Bryan Mills of Community Health Network co-chaired the event affirming their commitment to Marian University. Mike and Bea Becher served as Scholarship Committee co-chairs.
The gala also honored Michael A. Evans, founder and chairman at AIT Laboratories, with the Franciscan Values Award and John T. Thompson, chairman and executive officer of First Electric Supply LLC, Thompson Distribution Company, Inc. (CMID), and Beyond Countertops Inc., with the John A. Purdie Innovator of the Year Award. Their contributions to the city of Indianapolis, both as business people and philanthropists, are vast.
Students (above) from the school of nursing and college of osteopathic medicine also attended the event, and in a special moment, were recognized for their hard work.
The program ended with a special blessing, sung by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg and the Marian University Sacred Choir.