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University Trustee Patti Glassford ’85 shares why the Fairfield Awards Dinner and scholarship are important to her and invites our community to share in this tradition of opportunity at the 2019 event in New York City.

Sponsorship Information and Tickets

Table Sponsorships

All levels include a table of ten and special recognition in donor listings.

Magis: $100,000

  • Prestige seating
  • Full-page gold journal ad
  • Company logo on event materials and thank you banner
  • Acknowledgement in dinner remarks
  • Social media announcement
  • News releases

Bellarmine: $50,000

  • Premium seating
  • Full-page silver journal ad
  • Company logo on event materials and thank you banner
  • Acknowledgement in dinner remarks
  • Social media announcement

Leadership: $25,000

  • Preferred seating
  • Full-page bronze journal ad
  • Company logo on thank you banner
  • Acknowledgement in dinner remarks
  • Social media announcement

Partner: $15,000

  • Full-page journal ad
  • Company logo on thank you banner

Benefactor: $10,000

  • Half-page journal ad
  • Company logo on thank you banner

Friend: $7,500

  • Company logo on thank you banner

Individual Tickets

Individual: $600

Young Alumni (classes 2009 - 2018): $250

Journal Ads (Color or B & W)

Full-page (7.25" x 7.25"): $2,500
Half-page (7.25" x 3.5"): $1,500
Quarter-page (3.5” x 3.5”): $750


All ads must be in high resolution pdf format and submitted by Tuesday, February 26. For ad information, contact Cindy Russo at 203-254-4000, ext. 2927 or

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Meet the 2019 Honorees

Continuing to recognize professional achievement, outstanding leadership, and volunteer commitment to Fairfield, this year’s Fairfield Awards Dinner will honor:


Sheila Kearney Davidson ’83

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

As executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel of New York Life Insurance Company, Davidson leads the company’s legal operations and oversees its compliance, governance, and operational risk functions. Appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee in January 2001, Davidson is also a member of the New York State Bar and serves on the boards of Fairfield University, Madison Square Park Conservancy, the Citizens Budget Commission and the Life Insurance Council of New York. Davidson graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a BA. She received her JD from George Washington University.


Daniel J. Sullivan Jr. ’73:

Alumni Service Award

Sullivan, president and CEO of Collette Vacations, is a Fairfield graduate with a degree in marketing and holds a degree from Harvard Business School’s Executive Owner/President Management program. He also chairs the Collette Foundation board, Collette’s global non-profit organization aimed at giving children in our global communities the opportunity to thrive through hunger and education initiatives. Sullivan has served on the Fairfield University Center for Faith and Public Life board since 2005, and is an engaged supporter of many non-profit causes including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hospice, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Amos House.


Shannon M. Harding, PhD, P’14,

Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

Dr. Harding joined the psychology faculty at Fairfield University in 2003, and is currently an associate professor with teaching and research interests in behavioral neuroscience and neuroendocrinology. In 2010, Dr. Harding was recognized as the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teacher of the Year, in part for her service learning course that includes a community partnership with a school in Bridgeport. Dr. Harding also served for eight years as a co-director and faculty mentor for BASE camp, a research and mentoring focused summer science program serving underrepresented high school girls. Recently, Dr. Harding has shown leadership in curricular revision, serving on the Core Curriculum Task Force as part of the Fairfield University 2020 Strategic Plan, and as the Director of the Magis Core since 2017.


Anne Harris, P’18:

Parent Leadership Award

Originally from Wilton, Conn., Harris has been an engaged parent leader who brings her breadth of corporate and higher education development career experience to the Fairfield community at large. Harris's passion for Fairfield University grew as she watched her daughter flourish at the Egan School. A current member of the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies advisory board, Harris also serves on the boards of Kiwanis Club of Waynesboro, Va. and the First Presbyterian Church. Harris has directed a leadership gift to the Egan School because of her strong belief in its mission, its commitment to hire and support the best faculty, and the School's cutting-edge technology and progressive programs.

2019 Awards Dinner Committee


Maureen Errity Bujno ’90
Patricia E. Glassford ’85


Jessica L. Baehr ’04, MBA’11
Robert Berchem, Esq, ’62, P’92
Robert Z. Brandy ’15
Victor M. Clavelli ’94
Thomas Clements ’09
Marc D’Angelillio ’06
Andrew M. Davis ’89
Luigi E. DiMeglio ’14
John D. Fallon ’90
Thomas J. Fanning Sr. ’78, P’10, P’06
Catherine J. Fitzpatrick ’11
Michael S. Guarnieri ’84
Kevin Guinan ’95
Adrienne A. Johnson ’91
Edward F. Kiernan III ’92
Matthew C. Kramer ’96
Tracy Lai MBA’11
Mairin J. Lane ’16
Bryan L. LeClerc, Esq, ’84
Andrew S. Leone ’17

Madeline G. Malloy ’17
John P. Mancini ’86
John J. Manganiello ’97
Matthew C. McLaughlin ’89
Kristin Dodge McMahon ’87, P’21, ’20
Andrew C. McMahon ’13
Claretta S. Mills ’16
Marianne Neville ’79, P’11
John R. O’Neill ’71, P’08
Dominic J. Paolino ’14
John G. Phelan Jr. ’89
Gary J. Raniolo ’09
Justin M. Rindos ’05
Paul E. Sheridan ’87
Thomas K. Sheridan ’87
Joseph Solimine Jr. ’89
John M. Sweeney ’94
Spencer R. Thibodeau ’10
John T. Tiene ’11
Michael A. Vitale ’07

Learn About the Tradition

Since 1988, this annual event has been a true celebration of Fairfield and has raised more than $18 million for the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other endowed scholarships.

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Fairfield Awards Dinner 2018

Meet a few of our Scholarship Recipients

Safirah Fequiere ’18

Major: Double Major in Political Science & American Studies
Hometown: Trumbull, Conn.

“My experience as an undergraduate at Fairfield University has been nothing short of amazing. The University has very strong core values and a great social environment, which made me the person that I am today. Not only was I able to find my true self here, but Fairfield also allowed me to create myself.”


Jeff DeJean ’18

Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Math
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“I am thankful for your contribution to my education at Fairfield University. With your help, I am able to pursue a college education and a chance of achieving my dream. With your help, I met a lot of close friends who I consider part of my family. Words cannot describe how thankful I am.”


Ariela Rodriguez ’20

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Bridgeport, Conn.

“I am grateful to be recognized for my hard work and dedication during my time here at Fairfield. I am majoring in accounting, and may double major in Finance and minor in Entrepreneurial studies. I am considering using my knowledge gained at Fairfield to start my own company.”


Aliyah Phipps ’18

Major: Chinese Studies and Communication double major
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

“At Fairfield, nothing makes me happier or keeps me more focused than being a part of the Cheerleading Team. I have been the captain since my sophomore year which has taught me much about responsibility, leadership, and time management. Thank you so much for again supporting my education at Fairfield. Your donations have greatly contributed to my ongoing success at Fairfield.”

Contact Us

For additional information about the Fairfield Awards Dinner, please contact or call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2115.