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Niagara University to honor Brown, Castellani families at President's Scholarship Dinner

by jmaloni
Tue, Oct 16th 2012 02:10 pm
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Niagara University president, reviews the menu for the President's Scholarship Dinner with chair-couple Christopher and Mary Ross, Class of 1982.
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Niagara University president, reviews the menu for the President's Scholarship Dinner with chair-couple Christopher and Mary Ross, Class of 1982.

Two families with longstanding ties to the Buffalo-Niagara region will be honored during Niagara University's President's Scholarship Dinner, set for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Event Center.

Receiving the St. Vincent de Paul Award at this year's event will be the Castellani family as well as Harold and Rose Brown and their children. The award is conferred upon individuals "whose vision, accomplishments and good works reflect the life and ministry of St. Vincent de Paul."

Christopher Ross, a member of Niagara University's board of trustees, and his wife, Mary, are serving as the dinner's chair couple. The Rosses received undergraduate degrees from Niagara University in 1982.

The purpose of the President's Scholarship Dinner is to generate funds for scholarship assistance for qualified Niagara University students. During the 2011-12 academic year, 98 percent of undergraduate students received scholarship assistance from the university (totaling $35,118,000). During that same period, 361 undergraduates received endowed scholarships totaling $1,059,912.

The "black tie preferred" event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and includes the award presentations, dinner, and music for dancing by Bob Volkman. All net proceeds from the evening benefit Niagara University's scholarship program.

Tickets for the President's Dinner are $175 per person and may be reserved by contacting the university events office at 716-286-8788 or [email protected]. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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