Lehman’s Annual Leadership Dinner Gala to be Held at NY Botanical Garden October 27

Lehman’s annual Leadership Dinner Gala, “Honoring the Past While Building the Future,” will celebrate 80 years of the campus’s rich history, while recognizing alumni and friends who support the institution’s continued growth. The event, which raises much-needed private funds, will be held on October 27 at the NY Botanical Garden.

“With budget cuts and the current state of the economy, we recognize the need, now more than ever, to secure funds that enable our students to realize their dream of a college education,” said Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement Fredrick Gilbert. Last year, the College’s gala brought in close to half a million dollars in cash and pledges, which the College hopes to match at this year’s event.

More than 300 donors, friends, alumni, corporate executives, and members of the community are expected to attend the gala. This year’s honorees include William J. Gilbane, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Gilbane Building Company; Congressman and Lehman alumnus Eliot L. Engel; and Citibank Vice President and Relationship Manager Dominick Russello.

William J. Gilbane, Jr.

William J. Gilbane, Jr.

Mr. Gilbane, Jr., who will receive the Award for Corporate Leadership, is the fourth generation president and COO of the Gilbane Building Company, which was founded in 1873 by his great, great grandfather William Gilbane as a Rhode Island-based carpentry shop. Today, Gilbane is ranked the fifth largest construction manager in the United States, with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. Gilbane Building Company is also the lead contractor of Lehman’s new science building, which will feature state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly facilities for research and learning. Under the leadership of Mr. Gilbane, Jr., the company has been named among the top 100 places to work by Fortune for the past three years and was ranked among Top US Private Employers by Forbes. Mr. Gilbane, Jr. received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Congressman and Lehman alumnus Eliot L. Engel

Congressman and Lehman alumnus Eliot L. Engel

The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Congressman Eliot L. Engel (BA, ’69; MS, ’73). Congressman Engel has served in Congress since 1988, where he represents the 17thCongressional District, which includes the northwest Bronx, Mount Vernon, part of Yonkers and the River Villages, Ramapo, Orangetown, and southern Clarkstown in Rockland County. He is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress, as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee. Congressman Engel has been a champion of healthcare reform and funding for education, and has also called for reforming the Alternative Minimum Tax. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the New York State Assembly.

Dominick Russello

Dominick Russello

Dominick Russello, Citibank Vice President and Relationship Manager, will receive the Award for Community Leadership. He began his career with Citibank in 1977 as a bank teller. Since that time, he has held various positions within the company, from bank operations to customer service and sales. In his current position, he handles a portfolio of over one hundred business clients throughout the Bronx community. Mr. Russello has held a number of leadership positions in his community, including serving as president of the Morris Park Kiwanis Club and president of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Giglio Society. Mr. Russello is a graduate of Fordham University.

The Leadership Dinner Gala will also hold a silent auction through an organization called Bidding for Good. The organization’s website can display consignment pieces and enables individuals in the U.S. and abroad to bid on items. For more information on the gala, contact Lillian Martinez at 718-960-1113.