Past Features

October 11, 2005 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

Benefit Gala Oct. 27 to Celebrate Leadership and Achievement

Lehman Graduates

The Lehman College Foundation will hold a gala benefit dinner at the New York Botanical Garden on Thursday, October 27, to raise funds for student scholarships and to recognize both the achievements of the College and the leadership of President Ricardo R. Fernández, now in his sixteenth year as Lehman's President.

This anniversary marks the longest tenure among current presidents of the CUNY senior colleges. Since 1990, when President Fernández took office, the CUNY Honors College at Lehman has been established, as well as new graduate programs in social work and public health. Partnerships have been undertaken with eight "small schools" in the borough and with one of the city's new specialized high schools, the High School of American Studies, which is located on the Lehman campus. Both enrollment and grants for research and collaborations are at record levels.

"Lehman College has experienced a period of tremendous growth and recognition," said Bernd Brecher, executive director of the Lehman College Foundation. "As an institution, the College has sought not only to provide an excellent education for its students but also to support community needs and aspirations. It has become a major resource for educational, cultural and economic development.

"At the same time, Lehman students have a continuing need for financial assistance. In that sense, this event, while saluting the past, is also helping to undergird the future for our borough and our city."

Peter Duchin and his orchestra will be on hand to entertain during the gala and provide music for dancing. Mr. Duchin and his wife, Brooke, are vice chairs of the event, along with Ann F. Bronfman, Dr. Sorosh Roshan and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The co-chairs are "Mr. Bronx" Elias Karmon and Lehman Provost Emerita Dr. Rosanne Wille and her husband, Dr. George Jacobs.

In addition to faculty, staff, alumni and retirees, leaders from the political, business, healthcare and cultural communities are helping to organize and support the gala, including honorary chairs Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr., musician and activist Willie Colón, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Congressman and Lehman alumnus Eliot Engel, and CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Serving on the Benefit Committee are Anna Carbonell, Aramina Ferrer, Michael Gill, David Gonzales, Louis Laguardia, Serafin Mariel and Sarah Morgenthau.

Serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the gala will be Pei-Sze Cheng, a reporter on the staff of WNBC-TV.

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