Fairfield Awards Dinner

Benefiting Scholarships at Fairfield University

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Cipriani 42nd Street

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Generous Fairfield community members and corporate sponsors raised over $1.25 million for student scholarships.

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Since 1988, this annual event has raised more than $20 million for the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other endowment scholarships. In 2022, 18 students received awards from the endowment fund, with the average student receiving nearly $31,000.

Fairfield’s flagship fundraising event for scholarship that celebrates inclusive excellence, the Awards Dinner also honors the achievements and volunteer service of a number of distinguished alumni, parents, faculty, and staff.
2023 Awards Dinner Committee


  • Adrienne A. Johnson ’91, Apollo Global Management
  • Trish Comey Preston ’80, Retired, Mastercard International


  • Corrine E. Baliga '18, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Robert Berchem, Esq. '62, P'92, Berchem Moses P.C.
  • Jessica L. Baehr '04, MBA'11, Equitable
  • Nick M. Benaquista '05, MasterCard International
  • Kara A. Brady '15, MS'16, Summit Rock Advisors
  • Robert Z. Brandy '15, Offit Kurman, P.A.
  • Chuck F. Burke, Jr. '01, Morgan Stanley
  • Courtney F. Chin '09, UBS
  • Tom Clements '09, Meridian Risk Management
  • Xavier C. Cole '20, Lazard Asset Management LLC
  • Meaghan P. Conlon '16, MFA'19, Preqin
  • John K. Courtmanche '88, Johns Hopkins University
  • Marc D'Angelillio '06, BNY Mellon Pershing
  • Zoe T. Ferranti '17, The Knot Worldwide
  • Jordan J. Freeman '13, The Hughes Firm
  • Cara M. Gibbons '18, Northwell Health
  • Chris J. Gradel '06, Six One Commodities LLC
  • Michael S. Guarnieri '84, Retired, GE
  • Kevin Guinan '95, Chubb & Son
  • Craig W. Hanrahan '89, CHUBB
  • James P. Keenan '11, JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • James M. Knopf '16, Motor Parts Group
  • Matthew C. Kramer '96, US Insurance at Ascot Group
  • Tracy Lai MBA'11, LYSTAR Group
  • Bryan L. LeClerc, Esq. '84, Berchem Moses P.C.
  • Andrew S. Leone '17, Piper Sandler Companies
  • Anthony J. Luongo '96, MBA'03, P'24, Morgan Stanley
  • Scott M. Malone '97, Macquarie Capital
  • John J. Manganiello '97, Accelerate Partners
  • Julio A. Martinez '07, Osterman & Company. Inc.
  • Anif I. McDonald '16, Xaverian Brothers High School
  • Matthew C. McLaughlin '89, P'25, Fox Station Sales Inc.
  • Claretta S. Mills '16, Boy Scouts of America
  • Stephen P. Neugebauer '15, HelloFresh
  • Winnie A. O'Keefe, P'26,'23, Whimsie Luxury Travel
  • John R. O’Neill '71, P'08, Long Ridge Road Partners, LLC
  • Dominic J. Paolino '14, Accenture
  • John G. Phelan Jr. '89, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Claudele Pierre '14, Batska Consulting Group
  • John M. Sweeney '94, Oaktree Capital Management, LP

2023 Honorees

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Andrew J. McMahon ’89, P’19,’13

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Alumni Service Award

Shannon Siwinski ’92, P’16

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Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

Philip J. Lane, PhD, P’10

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Parent Leadership Award

John Thompson III and Monica Moore Thompson, P’23

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Honorary Alumnus Award

Deacon Patrick Toole

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The Impact of Scholarship:

Three Class of 2023 Students Share What Their Scholarship Means To Them

Why Giving Matters

We create scholars and leaders. But mostly, we create change. At Fairfield University, we are driven by our Jesuit roots to act on needs greater than our own—to seek out opportunities, to make the world a better place, to put our plans into action. We are committed to providing each and every student with a strong, exemplary academic experience. We’re also committed to making this experience as accessible to as many bright, driven students as possible so they’ll have a better shot at making a real difference in the world. We hope you share this mission and that you’ll help us bring it to life. In fact, our vision is dependent on your generosity.

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About the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund

Since 1995, more than $9.4 million has been awarded from the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund, primarily supported through the proceeds of the Fairfield Awards Dinner. In total, 998 scholarships have been awarded to 264 distinct individuals.


Scholarships Awarded


Distinct number of individuals have received this scholarship

Meet Three of Our Scholars

About the Venue

For the second time, Fairfield University will be hosting the Fairfield Awards Dinner at the historic Cipriani 42nd St. Conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, this Italian Renaissance inspired masterpiece showcases towering marble columns, soaring ceilings, magnificent inlaid floors and glorious chandeliers.

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