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Annual Fundraising Gala Past Honorees

The Annual Rutgers/LEAP Gala was established in 2000 in order to inform and excite the Camden community about the Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship and to galvanize fundraising efforts on its behalf.  The Gala remains the primary vehicle for scholarship fundraising and each year it generates thousands of dollars for the endowment through private and corporate donations, ticket sales, and revenue from our Silent and Live Auction. 

In the last 20 years, this formal black tie event has brought university, business, and community partners together and has emphasized the necessity of creating more higher education opportunities for Camden youth.  In recognition of their support for the Scholarship and for the city, the Gala has awarded the Rutgers/LEAP Leadership Award to individuals, corporations, and stakeholders whose investments in the community are changing lives and revitalizing Camden

2016
Susan N. Story
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Water Company

Joseph H. Jacovini
Member, Senior Leadership Team; Chair of Strategic & Financial Planning, Dilworth Paxson LLP

Daniel J. Hilferty
President and Chief Executive Officer Independence Blue Cross

AIREKO and The Tustin Group

2015

Charisse R. Lillie
Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation

President, Comcast Foundation

Joan N. Stern
Partner in the Public Finance Practice, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

Richard P. Miller
President & CEO, Virtua

2014
Philip Murphy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Richard L. Wright
Chief of Staff to Former NJ Governor Jim Florio

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand
President, Rowan University

Gerard P. Cuddy
CEO & President, Beneficial Bank

2013

Robert Menendez
U.S. Senator of New Jersey

Nelson A. Diaz
Lawyer, Partner of Dilworth Paxson Law Firm in Philadelphia

Quinton Aaron
Actor, Played the role of “Big Mike”in the Oscar Nominated film
The Blind Side


Luis Garcia, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University–Camden

Lloyd Freeman
Associate, Archer & Greiner P.C., Attorney at Law

2012
Honorable Sila M. Calderón
Former Governor, Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico

Mr. James H. Carll
Archer & Greiner

Ms. Alma l. Saravia
Flaster/Greenberg P.C.

Ms. Mary t. Sheil
17 A Joyce Kilmer Associates

2011
Mr. José E. Fernández
Omega Overseas Investments Corp.

Mr. Angelo J. Genova, Genova, Burns & Giantomasi

Mr. Hernán Guaracao
AL DIA News Inc.

Mr. J. Michael Schweder
AT&T

Mr. Alan F. Stein
Rotary International (#7640)

2010
Mr. Peter J. Burke, Jr.
Brandywine Senior Living


Ms. Elizabeth G. Christopherso
The Rita Allen Foundation

Ms. Brenda Ross-Dulan
Wells Fargo & Company

2009
Mr. Ralph LaRossa
President & COO, PSE&G

Dana Redd, Mayor Camden NJ

2008
Mr. Dennis M. Bone
Verizon New Jersey

2007
Mr. Joseph Lizza,
Susquehanna Bank 

Ms. Linda Rohrer
The William G. Rohrer Foundation

Ms. Deborah Rosado Shaw,
Dream BIG Enterprises, LLC

2006
Melinda Holman, President & CEO Holman Enterprises

2005
Gualberto Medina,
Executive Vice President
CBRE Brokerage Services


2004
Senator Jon Corzine
U.S. Senator from NJ Former Governor

Congressman Robert E. Andrews First District of New Jersey

Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald,New Jersey Legislature, Dist. 6

Dr. David P. Beck, Former President Coriell Institute for Medical Research

2003
Susanne Svizeny, Regional President, Wachovia Corporation

Ross Danis, Program Director Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

John Matheussen, President & CEO Delaware River Port Authority

2002
Vernon W. Hill II, Former Pres. & CEOCommerce Bank (TD Bank)

2001

Jerry Buckley, President Campbell’s Soup Foundation

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