More Than $600,000 Raised for Scholarships at Leadership Awards Dinner

Inaugural event sets marks for scholarship funds and awards dinner attendance.

Monday, November 14, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (November 14, 2016) — Saint Joseph’s University raised record funds for scholarship support and achieved an all-time awards dinner attendance mark as four esteemed alumni were honored for their personal and professional accomplishments and dedication to their alma mater at the inaugural Leadership Awards Dinner November 10 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

With nearly 650 in attendance, the event raised well over $600,000 for the University’s Shield of Loyola Scholarship, one of hundreds of such funds which provides vital financial assistance to students.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) Executive Chairman James J. Maguire Jr. ’84 received the Shield of Loyola, the University’s most prestigious honor. The 36th recipient of the Shield of Loyola, Maguire and his management team led PHLY’s 2008 merger with Tokio Marine Group, then the largest transaction for a financial company in Japanese history. An endurance athlete, Maguire is a former two-term University trustee and has supported his alma mater by serving on the Board of the Academy of Insurance and Risk Management and funding the Jamie Maguire ’84 Pool in the athletic center and women’s locker room in the Ramsay Basketball Center.

One of the most influential women in the cable television industry, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Marlene Sanchez Dooner ’83 received the first Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The University Trustee develops company initiatives and new business opportunities in the Hispanic marketplace across the company’s networks and platforms. Additionally, she oversees operations, financial planning and strategic initiatives for the company’s Hispanic franchises, including Telemundo network and studios, NBC UNIVERSO, Telemundo Internacional and its digital media operations.

A pair of former Hawk mascots, Patrick W. McGrory ’99 and Dennis P. Sheehan, Esq., ’85, earned the University’s top service awards.

A successful private wealth advisor with Beacon Bridge Wealth Partners and chair of his family’s Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, McGrory received the young alumni Ignatius Award. McGrory previously served on SJU’s National Alumni Board (2006-2008) and chaired the Saint Joseph’s Fund (2008-2009). He co-chaired the SJU Alumni Association’s inaugural Global Community Day in 2008 and was an ambassador for SJU’s second Day of Giving in 2015.

An attorney in Media, Pennsylvania, Sheehan earned the Reverend Joseph S. Hogan, S.J., Award for his University service as president of the National Alumni Board and Law Alumni Chapter, among other positions. In 2007, Sheehan co-founded the Hawk T program, a partnership among SJU students, the alumni association and athletic department to promote school spirit and raise funds through the design, production and sale of an annual basketball-themed T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds benefit a selected student-led SJU philanthropic or nonprofit organization each year.



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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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