Misericordia University to Launch ‘Now for Tomorrow’ Campaign

Members News

Misericordia University invites the community to a special gala celebration of the sciences that will launch the institution’s largest campaign, a multi-million dollar effort in support of the construction of the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center.

The 2018 Misericordia University Trustee Associates Gala, “Discover Tomorrow Today,” on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. serves as the kick-off of the “Now for Tomorrow’’ Campaign, a fundraising effort that supports construction of the new Henry Science Center and significant investment in the Annual Fund and endowment for additional scholarship opportunities for worthy students. The Gala is being held at the Beaumont Inn, 4437 State Route 309, Dallas. Tickets go on sale July 10.

A highlight of the evening will be the awarding of the 2018 Misericordia University Founders Medal to John C. Metz, executive chairperson of Metz Culinary Management, and posthumously to the late Frank M. Henry, the former CEO of Martz Trailways, who passed away in June. Mr. Henry’s daughter, Marjorie Henry Marquart, a 1985 graduate of Misericordia and member of the Board of Trustees, will accept the award on her father’s behalf. The Henry family has made the lead gift to the “Now for Tomorrow” Campaign, and the university will name the new facility in the family’s honor.

The Misericordia University Board of Trustees established the Founders Medal in 2002 in order to recognize philanthropic gifts that significantly transform Misericordia’s ability to serve its students and advance the mission of its founders, the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

Misericordia University Trustee Roger P. Howell, CEO of RATECentric and president of Howell Benefit Services, Inc., is serving as chair for the “Discover Tomorrow Today” gala. The event will include cocktails, dinner and dancing to music by “Exact Change,” along with science-themed activities and auction.

Misericordia alumna Mary Hudack Erwine, Classes of 1990 and 1992 and president of Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Inc., and Sandy Insalaco, Sr., chairperson of US Hydrations, are serving as co-chairs of the “Now for Tomorrow” Campaign.

The fund raising effort encompasses three university priorities: construction, equipment and furnishing for Henry Science Center; scholarship and programming endowment, and support of the Misericordia Annual Fund.

Tickets for the “Discover Tomorrow Today” Gala are $250 per person, $500 per couple and $2,500 per table of 10. The tickets, along with sponsorships and advertising packages in honor of Mr. Metz, Mr. Henry and/or the “Now for Tomorrow” Campaign, are available by contacting Marie Stolarick in University Advancement at (570) 674-8201 or mstolarick@misericordia.edu. Tickets also can be purchased in person at Room 254, Mercy Hall. The deadline for reservations is Aug. 15. The deadline for advertising copy for the commemorative gala program is Aug. 7.

The Gala will be the first of a month-long series of activities for the community in celebration of the sciences. The plans include speakers, children’s activities, science experiments, alumni panels and astronomy observations. Highlights include a free presentation by Woodrow Wilson Fellow Robert Musil, president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. His talk will be the first in a series of speakers on global climate change being presented by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

For additional information on the Trustee Associates Gala and the “Now for Tomorrow” Campaign, please go to https://nft.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2018 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.