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De La Salle Medal Dinner

The Manhattan College community joined alumni, friends and benefactors for the 2019 De La Salle Medal Dinner on February 7. The annual event celebrates the living charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle while generating vital funds for scholarships and other forms of student aid.

Presidet O'Donnell and John McAvoy at De Lasalle Dinner 2019

For more than 40 years, the annual De La Salle Medal Dinner has joined alumni and friends of Manhattan College in a two-fold purpose — celebrating the Lasallian Catholic values of excellence and service while raising funds to assist today’s hardworking students.

This year’s dinner achieved both goals in exemplary fashion. Held at the Grand Hyatt on February 7, the event raised a record-breaking $2.16 million for scholarships and other forms of student aid. In addition, medal recipient John McAvoy ’80, chairman and CEO of Con Edison Inc., offered more good news: His company will establish an endowed scholarship for Manhattan students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field.

More than 800 guests attended to honor John, who serves on Manhattan’s Board of Trustees. The event also reflected the longstanding relationship between the College and Con Edison. “It’s no wonder,” said John, “that Manhattan College is our number one pipeline of world-class talent. In fact, at last count, we have more than 450 Manhattan graduates working with us at Con Edison — and we’re the better for it!”.


John McAvoy ’80
Chairman and CEO, Con Edison, Inc.


Eugene R. McGrath ’63
Retired Chairman and CEO, Con Edison Inc. 

Thomas D. O’Malley ’63
Retired Executive Chairman, PBF Energy

Frederic V. Salerno ’65
Chairman of the Board, Akamai Technologies Retired Vice Chairman and CFO, Verizon

Vice Chairs

John H. Banks III ’85
President Emeritus, Real Estate Board of New York

Clare A. Cunniffe ’81
Senior Sales Director, Strategic Accounts East, Okta Inc. 

James J. Dixon ’82, Esq.
Senior Vice President and COO, Con Edison Clean Energy Business

Anthony N. Fernicola ’78
President and CCO,

Cyrus J. Izzo ’87
Co-President, Syska Hennessy Group

Anthony P. Kavanagh ’82
Senior Vice President, American Electric Power

John V. Magliano ’66
Chairman Emeritus, Syska Hennessy Group

Charles J. Maikish ’68
Retired Managing Director and COO, Real Estate, Citibank

Charles Manning ’73
Infastructure Consultant

Rosanne Thomas Matzat ’82
Partner, Hahn & Hessen LLP

Joseph P. Oates ’83
Chairman and CEO, Con Edison Transmission

Kenneth Rathgeber ’70
Chairman, Manhattan College Board of Trustees

Frances A. Resheske
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Con Edison

Milo Riverso ’81
President and CEO, STV

Carlo A. Scissura, Esq.
President and CEO, New York Building Congress

Robert Walsh
Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, Manhattan College

Brendan P. Weiden ’79
Partner, Jaros Baum & Bolles

Curt C. Zegler ’93
Vice President, Turner Construction Company

Honorary Chairs

Raymond W. Kelly ’63
Former Commissioner, NYPD

Stephen J. Squeri 81 86 MBA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company

For more information, please contact Kristen Farrell, director of institutional giving and special program: 718-862-7431;


2020 De La Salle Dinner

The 2020 De La Salle Dinner will be held on February 6, 2020. For more information, please contact Kristen Farrell, director of institutional giving and special program: 718-862-7431;