54th Annual President’s Dinner to Be Held May 29

May 23, 2014


The 54th Annual President’s Dinner at Stonehill, which welcomes nearly 700 friends, neighbors and alumni each year, will be held on Thursday, May 29 with proceeds going to the College’s fundraising campaign in support of its Sports Complex expansion project. This year’s dinner will mark the first for Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. as he was appointed President at Stonehill last July.

Stonehill plans to add 50,000 square feet to the Sports Complex in order to provide needed space for athletics, health, fitness and exercise. When the Sports Complex opened in 1988, it was designed to serve 1,930 students. Today, it is serving 2,500 students. The College broke ground for the project on May 15.

President Denning will present the President's Award for Excellence posthumously to James “Lou” Gorman ’53. One of Stonehill's highest honors, the award honors individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to public life, business, and to the arts and sciences. Accepting the award on behalf of the Gorman Family will be Gorman’s nephew Tom Dougherty.

A member of the Stonehill Class of 1953 and synonymous with the Boston Red Sox, Gorman was one of the College’s greatest ambassadors. The Red Sox general manager from 1984-1993, he served as the organization’s executive consultant for public affairs prior to his death in April of 2011.

This past August, it was announced that a $2 million grant from the Yawkey Foundation in support of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex expansion project will be used to establish the Lou Gorman Pavilion inside the building. The exhibition space in the new building will be designed to display and honor Gorman’s commitment to the Boston Red Sox and Stonehill, featuring his sports memorabilia and highlighting his long-lasting and influential career in baseball.

“With the Yawkey Foundation’s new commitment to name the Lou Gorman Pavilion, we are deeply honored to design a space that serves as a tribute to Lou’s athletic career and memory. Creation of the Pavilion is also a fitting way to honor the dedication that Lou, along with Tom and Jean Yawkey, demonstrated during their lifetimes to athletics, fitness, and personal well-being,” said Francis X. Dillon ’70, Vice President for Advancement at Stonehill.

James "Lou" Gorman '53“In addition to their unprecedented support of the Sports Complex, the Yawkey Foundation has made Stonehill a stronger and more productive institution over the years through the Yawkey Scholars Program—better equipping us to serve our students,” Dillon added. The Yawkey Scholars Program was introduced at Stonehill in 2005.

Since 1960, the President's Dinner has honored educational service, community leadership and local partnerships. This year's dinner will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy, which will be on display alongside Gorman’s championship rings with the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles 

For further information on the President's Dinner and Reception, please call Julie Coleman in the Office of Advancement at 508-565-1344 or email her at juliec@stonehill.edu. The President's Dinner is an invitation only event.