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Marian University Gala celebrates 75 years in Indianapolis October 19

by Bob Golobish | Nov 27, 2012
In grand style, Marian University will celebrate 75 years in Indianapolis on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. John and Sarah Lechleiter are the honorary chairs of the 75th Anniversary Gala.   Posted by Bob Golobish
  In grand style, Marian University will celebrate 75 years in Indianapolis on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. John and Sarah Lechleiter are the honorary chairs of the 75th Anniversary Gala. John Lechleiter, Ph.D., is the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company.   That evening, more than 2,000 leaders from the civic, health care, religious, and business communities, as well as alumni, faculty, and staff, will join the Lechleiters and celebrate Marian University’s past and to look to the future.   USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services, is the presenting sponsor of the event.    The fundraising for the event has been led by Fred McClaine, chair of the corporate committee. McClaine is the executive vice president of Brown & Brown of Indiana, Inc. As of September 19, with one month to go, 55 community leaders and organizations have invested more than $75,000 each in Marian University at the honorary co-chair level to date. They include:       Daniel and Elizabeth Elsener John 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 Irving 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 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 Anonymous Anonymous   During the evening, the total amount of money raised for Make History, the comprehensive fundraising effort for the university that was publicly launched in 2007, will be announced by John '63 and Phyllis Cardis, co-chairs of the campaign. At the beginning of the effort, the university had set a goal of $68.2 million dollars. Thus far, Make History has raised nearly $150 million.   Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener will be the keynote speaker for the event, and during his remarks he will outline a vision for the future that will allow Marian University to build on its achievements of the past 75 years. A great Catholic university in a great American city will be the theme of his remarks. The university is committed to being a Catholic institution of higher education in the Franciscan tradition, providing a strong liberal arts foundation to all of its undergraduate students, and serving the community by:Improving health care by educating doctors and nurses who are leaders in the medical profession. Improving K-12 education by forming school leaders who can transform broken, under-performing schools into dynamic centers of teaching and learning. Building community partnerships that can revitalize neighborhoods and provide dedicated, faith-filled leaders for our community and our Church. The 75th Anniversary Gala also is the occasion of the 20th annual Mary McNulty Young ’47 Opportunities for Excellence Scholarship Dinner. During the evening, the university will honor:The Lilly Family, who will receive 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 will receive 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 will be recognized for their fateful decision to establish Marian College in Indianapolis in 1937.   The evening is being planned by Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc. The reception for the event is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the gala visit, contact Dana Rizzi at 317.955.6207

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