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De La Salle Medal Dinner

The Manhattan College community joined alumni, friends and benefactors in February for a record-breaking De La Salle Medal Dinner. A Jasper tradition for more than 40 years, the annual event celebrates the living charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle while raising much-needed funds for scholarships and other student aid.

De-La-Salle-Dinner-Vericker00320_DE-LA-SALLE.jpgClose to 800 guests attended the College's 2020 De La Salle Medal Dinner on Thursday, February 6, at the Grand Hyatt New York. This year's gala honoring Anthony Fernicola ’78, ’82 (MBA), president and chief customer officer at Salesforce, raised $2.6 million for student aid, the most in the event's history.

Upon receiving the De La Salle Medal, Fernicola said his Manhattan College education had provided the guiding light to always conduct business with the upmost integrity. The first in his family to attend college, he said, I had no idea at the time that Manhattan would have such a profound impact on my life.

Mary Beth McDade ’93, an Emmy award-winning news anchor at KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, served as emcee. The dinner chair was Stephen Squeri ’81, ’86 (MBA), chairman and chief executive officer of American Express. A Manhattan trustee, he expressed gratitude for the generosity of supporters, which, he explained, has a huge impact on young Jaspers.

Thanking guests for the dinner's unprecedented success, President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., presented Fernicola with the De La Salle Medal. Like generations of Jaspers, O’Donnell added, Fernicola gained from Manhattan not just the skills to be successful, but also the deepening of personal and spiritual values that give meaning and purpose to life.


Anthony Fernicola ’78, ’82 (MBA)
President, Chief Customer Officer, Salesforce


Stephen Squeri ’81, ’86
Chairman and CEO, American Express Company

Vice Chairs

Keith Block
Co-CEO, Salesforce

Craig Cuffe
Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Procurement, Salesforce

Lisa Edwards
Executive Vice President, Salesforce

Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D.
Dean, O’Malley School of Business, Manhattan College

Mark Hawkins
CFO, Salesforce

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

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

Charles Manning
Infrastructure Consultant

Rosanne Thomas Matzat ’82, Esq.
Former Partner, Hahn & Hessen LLP

Eileen Murray ’80, ’15 (Hon.D.Sc.)
Co-CEO, Bridgewater Associates LP

JoAnn Olsovsky
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Salesforce

Edward V. Piccinich ’84
Chief Operating Officer, SL Green Realty Corp.

Tyler Prince
Executive Vice President, Salesforce

Kenneth A. Rathgeber ’70
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Manhattan College

John P. Rasulo ’86
Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

Milo E. Riverso ’81, Ph.D., P.E.
President & CEO, STV Group Inc.

John M. Vazquez ’84
Senior Vice President, CSCO, Global Head of Real Estate and Supply Chain, Verizon Communications, Inc.

Robert Walsh
Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, Manhattan College

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

Honorary Chairs

John McAvoy ’80
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Con Edison

John R. Greed
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mutual of America

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

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