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Salute to Regional Achievers

IUP celebrated its second annual Legacy Gala in April at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall Foyer. Alumni and friends of the university gathered to honor recipients of the Presidential Legacy Awards for Civic Service, Alumni Distinction, and Philanthropy.

IUP Legacy Gala

Left to right: Stephen Zamias, representing the Zamias family, Bill Strickland, Lynette Singel Horrell, and President Tony Atwater

The event generated $100,000, with net proceeds to benefit the University Fund for Academic Excellence. Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner ’74 was master of ceremonies and honorary event chairman.

University President Tony Atwater presented the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service to Bill Strickland, president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center. Strickland is the author of Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary. The book has been selected as IUP’s 2009-2010 Common Freshman Reader.

Lynette Singel Horrell ’84 accepted the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction. She is managing partner, Pittsburgh Office, Ernst & Young.

The Presidential Legacy Award for Philanthropy was given to George D. Zamias, Sr., and Marianna Zamias, the founders of George D. Zamias Developer. The Zamias family was represented at the gala by Stephen Zamias.

Jack Wagner and Sophie Masloff

Master of ceremonies and honorary event chairman Jack Wagner with former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff

Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., was the evening’s underwriting sponsor, and Massaro Corporation was a patron sponsor. Contributing sponsors included Lorna Milkovich Abernathy ’83 and Justin Abernathy; Allen & O’Hara Development Company, LLC; Ernst & Young, LLP; First Commonwealth; Quintech and G. Daniel Prushnok ’76, president of the Foundation for IUP; and Wharton Business Group. Many companies, associations, and individuals supplied items for the gala’s auction.