Two prominent local families and two institutions that recently celebrated centennial anniversaries will be recognized at the Niagara University President’s Dinner Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel Event Center in Niagara Falls.
James and Mary Glynn and their five children and Paul and Alice Mary Joy and the three Joy children will receive the President’s Award of Distinction from the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of the university. Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center and Stella Niagara and the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity will also receive the award.
Both the Glynn and Joy families, longtime supporters of Niagara University, have a history of charitable support for many institutions and organizations in Western New York. James V. Glynn, a 1957 graduate who is chairman of the Maid of the Mist Corp., is chairman emeritus of NU’s board of trustees. His son, Christopher, a 1985 graduate and president of the Maid of the Mist Corp., currently serves as a university trustee. Paul Joy, a past president of The Carborundum Co., is a trustee emeritus of NU. His daughter, Marsha Joy Sullivan, is a current board member.
Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1907, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital was located for many years on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls. It began operations in a new facility in the Town of Lewiston in 1965 and is currently operated by Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation.
Stella Niagara has been sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity since 1908, and remains a private, co-educational Catholic elementary school. The international congregation of religious was founded in 1835 in the Netherlands by Mother Magdalen Damen. The sisters of the Stella Niagara Province, who have been in Buffalo since 1874, also sponsor Sacred Heart Academy in Eggertsville, the Francis Center in Niagara Falls and the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dancing to the music of Total Eclipse. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Office of University Events at 286-8779.
Chair couples of the event, which benefits the university’s scholarship fund, are Mark and Anna Bruno of Grand Island and Mark and Susan Lettieri of Getzville.