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Marian University 75th Anniversary Gala Raises $8.5 Million for Student Scholarships

by John Armitage | Nov 27, 2012
On Friday, October 19, nearly 2,000 leaders from the civic, health care, religious, and business communities, as well as alumni, faculty, and staff, gathered to celebrate the great history, tremendous present, and exciting future of Marian University.  
On Friday, October 19, nearly 2,000 leaders from the civic, health care, religious, and business communities, as well as alumni, faculty, and staff, gathered to celebrate the great history, tremendous present, and exciting future of Marian University. “The pride in our institution was palpable as we announced that not only had we raised $153 million in the Make History comprehensive fundraising effort that Marian University began in 2002, but that we had also secured $8.5 million in scholarships in recognition of our anniversary,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said.   The fundraising for the event was led by Fred McClaine, chair of the corporate committee and executive vice president of Brown & Brown of Indiana, Inc. Sixty-two community leaders and organizations invested more than $75,000 each in Marian University at the honorary co-chair level. They include:   Daniel J. and Elizabeth Elsener John C. and Sarah Lechleiter Michael and MaryAnn Browning Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Herff Jones Company/Joe Slaughter OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. Monarch Beverage Company, Inc./Phil Terry Herbert Simon and The Indiana Pacers The Semler Family St.Vincent Health Community Health Network Michael Evans and Andrea Terrell Ivrving Materials, Inc./Pete Irving KeyBank Marian, Inc. Alan '62 and Sue Leighton D. Anthony '69 and Carole Kunkel' 65 Watt Jack and Jennifer Snyder The Drew Family USA Funds (Presenting Sponsor) Jack and Katie Whelan Carson Agency, Inc./Philip '81 and Teresa Houser '80 Carson William '74 and Teresa Eckman Earl Brinker '74 Charles '68 and Mary Leahy '68 Welch John '63 and Phyllis Cardis Orbis Education Michael Simmons Stephen and Jacqueline Burns Margaret Mary Community Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana Gregg '66 and Pat Dwyer John '71 and Kathy Bailey '74 Yanney Mark '80 and Yvonne Stanifer '85 Daniel Eugene and Helene Herber '53 Henn Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Doyle  David and Judith Pille '65 Castaldi Fr. John Luerman Richard Ruwe RJE Business Interiors/Denny Sponsel Mike Weaver John and Pam Purdie The Ackerman Foundation/John Ackerman Citizens Energy Group Tobias Insurance Advantage Health Solutions Raul and Deborah Zavaleta Fred and Jamie McClaine/Brown and Brown insurance Mike and Bea Becher Bob and Joan Smith Piazza Produce Christel DeHaan Steve Hackman and Gina Giacone SerVaas Family IPL (Dessert Sponsor) Fred and Julie Klipsch Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation Glick Foundation Robert and Mary Busemeyer '57 Huntington Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous   The gala was also the occasion of the 20th annual Mary McNulty Young ’47 Opportunities for Excellence Scholarship Dinner. During the celebration, the university honored:   •The Lilly Family, who received the Franciscan Values Award for their magnanimous philanthropic support of many community projects throughout Indianapolis over the last 75 years,   •Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, who received the John A. Purdie Innovator of the Year Award for his remarkable work with Catholic K-12 schools in central and southern Indiana, and   •The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, who were recognized for their fateful decision to establish Marian College in Indianapolis in 1937.   President Elsener gave the keynote address, thanking everyone for their prayers, support, and investments in Marian University. He spoke about the importance of education and what a difference it can and does make in people’s lives, and he also outlined Marian University’s commitment to education, health care, and the Church.   New Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph William Tobin accepted the John A. Purdie Innovator of the Year Award on behalf of Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, and announced a $25,000 gift to Marian University from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The evening was an unprecedented success, both in fundraising and in honoring and celebrating the people who have made Marian University the exceptional university that it is today.   “With such an impressive reality before us, I doubt there were any in the room who did not feel inordinately blessed to be part of the Marian University community. It was truly a night to remember,” President Elsener said.  

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