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53rd Annual Charter Award Dinner With the support of one of the biggest names in TV News, Tom Brokaw, and the President of National Grid, NY, Kenneth D. Daly ’88, St. Francis College raised more than $720,000 at the 53rd Annual Charter Award Dinner held April 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis. B oth honorees also lent their Mr. Daly graduated from names and financial support St. Francis in 1988 before to two scholarships — the beginning his 25-year rise through Tom Brokaw Veterans Scholarship the ranks of National Grid and its and the Kenneth D. Daly ’88 predecessors Brooklyn Union Gas Scholarship. and KeySpan. He said he rememWNBC News Anchor David bers the day he heard about his Ushery emceed the evening and scholarship to attend the College, created an upbeat and jovial tone 30 years ago, like it was yesterday. for the night. “The enthusiasm “I was playing sports up at the of your students and this compark with my friends. It was before munity really touches me and cell phones and my mom actually is extraordinary.” ran up to the park and said Bro. Mr. Brokaw, the long-time host George is on the phone and he’s of “NBC Nightly News with Tom got a scholarship and you gotta National Grid interns Phoebe Lee ’16, Tan Cheung ’15, and James Toscano ’14 presented Charter Award Dinner Honoree Kenneth D. Daly ’88 with a Brokaw,” was unable to attend get right down there! And here signed photo of Sandy Koufax and a custom-made St. Francis jacket. due to illness but sent along a I am today.” note saying that St. Francis was Mr. Daly said this scholarship, “one of America’s premier small institutions in the middle of the hottest which is the second one he established in his name, is meant to give borough in the country.” another student the same opportunity he had. National Grid Business Lecture Kenneth Daly ’88 also announced that National Grid will sponsor a new Business Lecture series at the College. A $50,000 grant spread over five years will help bring a wi de range of experts to the College to talk about themes under the umbrella of Business, Science, and Community. Mr. Daly will be the first speaker. He will address the delivery of affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy in the future. Charter Day S t. Francis College recognized awarded to Sr. Mary A. Maloney, some of Brooklyn’s business SFP for her 25 years of service and nonprofit leaders as well at the CHiPS soup kitchen and as its top students, faculty, and shelter in Park Slope. staff during the College’s 130th St. Francis also inducted the Charter Day convocation on Friday, newest class of Duns Scotus Honor April 25th. Society members, and recognized Carlo A. Scissura, JD, President faculty and staff who have served & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber at the College for 15 and 25 years. Charter Day Honorees Thomas A. Conniff, JD, Philip F. Stenger, and of Commerce was the Keynote Three Accounting and Business Carlo A. Scussura with St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan ’68. Speaker and recipient of the Law students, Peter A. Biondo inaugural St. Francis College ’16, Andy Calixto ’15, and Entrepreneurship Award. Honorary degrees were awarded to David V. Samuel ’18 received National Grid Scholarships and Thomas A. Conniff, JD (Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa) for his Internships. The scholarships were presented by National Grid years of legal service to St. Francis and Philip F. Stenger (Doctor of Director Investment Management Francine Kollydas ’96, one Humane Letters, Honoris Causa) for his years of service to Brooklyn of the more than 100 St. Francis alumni who have gone on to work businesses and organizations. The St. Clare Medal of Service was for National Grid. 6  |  ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  SPRING 2014