225th Aniversary Gala

At the intersection of Broadway and Central Park South in New York City, Jazz at Lincoln Center is home to concerts and milestone performances by musicians from around the world. On Nov. 29, the star of the evening was an institution celebrating its own milestone and making a national and international impact: Franklin & Marshall College.

Generations of F&M alumni joined President Daniel R. Porterfield, trustees, members of the faculty and professional staff, students and friends of the College for a 225th Anniversary Gala in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Conceived and spearheaded by Trustee Ray Sanseverino, Esq., ’68, the gala featured a look back at F&M’s origins and showcased present-day initiatives and accomplishments by students and faculty members.

Highlighted by a reception and dinner overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park, 300 people attended the gala—one of the signature events in F&M’s yearlong celebration of 225 years of academic excellence, scholarship and service.

During dinner, Chair of the Board of Trustees Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D., P’91, announced that proceeds from the gala would enable F&M to create a new endowment of more than $200,000 to support need-based financial aid at F&M. Bonchek then introduced Donnell Butler ’95, senior associate dean for planning and analysis of student outcomes, who led a live “auction” for the crowd to have another opportunity to raise money for financial aid, as well as two initiatives for students: F&M College Prep, a pre-college immersion program designed to transform rising seniors into college-ready students, and a summer internship at New York-based financial data firm Bloomberg L.P.

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