Awards Dinner

Benefiting Scholarships at Fairfield University

Save the Date

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Cipriani 42nd Street

Congratulations to our honorees and thank you for joining us on April 20, 2022 for the annual Fairfield Awards Dinner to benefit scholarships at Fairfield University. Generous Fairfield community members and corporate sponsors raised over $1.25 million for student scholarships.

Who We Are

Fairfield University, founded in 1942, is a modern Jesuit Catholic institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility.

Awards Dinner Committee


  • Adrienne A. Johnson ’91
  • Trish Comey Preston ’80


  • Frank J. Aquino ’13
  • Jessica L. Baehr ’04, MBA’11
  • Robert Berchem, Esq. ’62, P’92
  • Kara A. Brady ’15, MS’16
  • Robert Z. Brandy ’15
  • Chuck F. Burke ’01
  • Tom Clements ’09
  • Meaghan P. Conlon ’16, MFA’19
  • John K. Courtmanche ’88
  • Marc D’Angelillio ’06
  • Zoe T. Ferranti ’17
  • Jordan J. Freeman ’13
  • Cara M. Gibbons ’18
  • Chris J. Gradel ’06
  • Michael S. Guarnieri ’84
  • Kevin Guinan ’95
  • Craig W. Hanrahan ’89
  • James P. Keenan ’11
  • James M. Knopf ’16
  • Matthew C. Kramer ’96
  • Tracy Lai MBA’11
  • Bryan L. LeClerc, Esq. ’84
  • Andrew S. Leone ’17
  • Anthony J. Luongo ’96, MBA’03, P’24
  • John J. Manganiello ’97
  • Julio A. Martinez ’07
  • Anif I. McDonald ’16
  • Matthew C. McLaughlin ’89, P’25
  • Claretta S. Mills ’16
  • Lindsay E. Muldoon ’04
  • John R. O’Neill ’71, P’08
  • Dominic J. Paolino ’14
  • John G. Phelan Jr. ’89
  • John M. Sweeney ’94
  • John Thompson III P’23
  • Monica M. Thompson P’23

2022 Honorees

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Michael G. Archbold ’82
Former CEO and Current Board of Directors Member, The Council for Inclusive Capitalism with The Vatican; Former CEO, GNC

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Alumni Service Award

Maureen Errity Bujno ’90
Audit & Assurance Managing Director and Governance Leader, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Advisory Board, Dolan School of Business; Former Member and President, Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award

Rev. Gerry R. Blaszczak, S.J.
Special Assistant to the President and Alumni Chaplain

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Parent Leadership Award

John and Lori Berisford P'21,'20
President, S&P Global Ratings and President and Board Chair, Sphere of CT; Former Co-Chairs, Parents Leadership Council

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Posthumous Special Recognition

George F. Keane ’51
Founder and Former President, Commonfund; Former Director, United Negro College Fund; Former University Trustee

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Xavier Cole, ’20

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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How the Fairfield Awards Dinner Supports Our Mission

Since 1988, this annual event has raised nearly $20 million for the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other endowment scholarships. This year, 21 students received awards from the endowment fund, receiving nearly $24,000 each.

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.

About the Venue

For the first 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. The event venue will adhere to New York City Covid-19 protocols.

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2022 Awards Dinner Sponsors