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LA ROCHE COLLEGE FOUNDERS GALA SET FOR MARCH 24
BILL STRICKLAND, FOUNDER AND CEO OF MANCHESTER BIDWELL CORPORATION, TO RECEIVE AD LUCEM AWARD


3/8/2012

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (March 8, 2012) – William E. Strickland Jr. will be honored at the seventh annual La Roche College Founders Gala on Saturday, March 24, for his devoted service to improving the lives of Pittsburgh’s underserved, underemployed and unemployed. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. La Roche College President, Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., and members of the Board of Trustees will host the evening along with Honorary Chairs, Tony and Linda Bucci. Emceeing the event is Michelle Wright, anchor of WTAE Channel 4 Action News.

The College will present its prestigious Ad Lucem Award to Strickland. The award takes its name from the Latin words, “ad lucem,” meaning “to light,” and recognizes individuals whose vision, leadership and determination have transformed their dreams into reality and illuminated a new path, resulting in positive and lasting contributions to society, the community and the professions.

Strickland, as with past recipients of the La Roche College Ad Lucem Award, exemplifies the mission of the College to educate future leaders and to promote peace and justice in a changing global society.

Major sponsors of the event include: MARC USA; Sage Dining Services, Inc.; The Sisters of Divine Providence; UPMC Health Plan; UPMC St. Margaret; UPMC Passavant; Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC; DRS Architects, Inc.; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; First Commonwealth Bank; HDR Engineering, Inc.; Huntington Bank; Tucker, Johnston & Smelzer, Inc.; and the Richard A. Zappala Family Foundation.

The Founders Gala is open to the public. To learn more about this event or to purchase sponsorships or tickets online, visit laroche.edu/gala, or contact Director of Special Events, Bobbi Kress LaPlace at bobbi.laplace@laroche.edu or 412-536-1087.


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963; La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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