Niagara to Honor Five at Annual President’s Dinner on Nov. 14

October 13, 2009  |  by Michael Freedman

Frank and Barbara Layden, along with the Brannen and Montani families and Joyce Fink, will be honored at the annual Niagara University President’s Dinner Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel Event Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls.

The event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, benefits the university’s scholarship program. It is being chaired by Carol and Michael Cassell.  Mrs. Cassell is a 1979 graduate of Niagara University; Mr. Cassel is a 1980 Niagara graduate.

Frank Layden, the former Niagara men’s basketball coach from 1968 to 1976 and award-winning coach and executive of the Utah Jazz, and his wife Barbara will receive the St. Vincent de Paul Award from the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of the university. The Laydens are known for the charitable endeavors in Utah and consistent loyalty to Niagara.  Also receiving the award are Joyce Fink, a lay leader in the Diocese of Buffalo, and the Niacet Corporation of Niagara Falls along with members of the Brannen and Montani families: Augusta Brannen, Kelly and Joanne Brannen, and Larry and Mary Montani.

The St. Vincent de Paul Award is conferred upon those individuals whose vision, accomplishments and good works reflect the life and ministry of St. Vincent de Paul.

Ticket and sponsorship information may be obtained by calling the university events office at 716.286.8788.