Founders' Day Gala
Friday, October 19, 2018

Click here to see pictures from the 2017 Gala

Le Moyne College: A Lifetime of Legacies

It was 50 years ago that the College bestowed the Simon Le Moyne Award upon Syracuse University Chancellor William Pearson Tolley at its inaugural Founders’ Day Gala. Since then, this honor has been given annually to individuals who make significant humanitarian contributions to society, serve as prominent leaders in the community, demonstrate a deep responsibility and commitment to improving the quality of life for others, and exemplify the ideals and goals of Le Moyne College and Jesuit education.

As we reflect upon our past and look forward to a bright, dynamic future, we pause to recognize the members of Le Moyne’s three-generation families. Together they helped to build the College and have been integral to its success. There are more than 45 of these three-generation families, drawn to Le Moyne as a place that honors the unique talents, skills and potential of every student. On Oct.19, 2018 we will recognize many of these families, as well as honor one of our largest three-generation families, the Schoenecks.

2018 Founders’ Day Gala Honorees

Carol (Hall) Schoeneck ’52 and John Schoeneck ’53 (posthumously)

Therese (Sharpe) Schoeneck ’54 and David Schoeneck ’54  

Three generations of Schoenecks have met on the Heights, culminating in one large Le Moyne family.

For Carol Hall and John Schoeneck, it began one December day when Carol agreed to go to a Syracuse Nationals basketball game with her classmate John. Graduation, marriage and children followed with John’s naval service and work taking the family to places far and near. They eventually returned to Syracuse so that John could finish his career with General Electric. Civic and charitable organizations, church and their children’s schools were central parts of their world.  John was a loyal and active Le Moyne alumnus, and received the Ignatian Award for Service to the College.  For Carol, Le Moyne is simply “everything.”

The love story for Therese Sharpe and David Schoeneck began in 1939 with their first holy communion at St. Therese’s Church on Lancaster Avenue. It continued at Nottingham High School and Le Moyne where, when told to line up in alphabetical order. Sharpe and Schoeneck were still together. After graduating in May of 1954, they married a month later. When their daughter Mary passed away in an automobile accident in 1977, the couple was determined that something positive would come from her death. The following year Therese formed a support group for bereaved parents that eventually became HOPE for Bereaved.  Therese received the College’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 1994.

With the Schoeneck family leading the way with 18 Le Moyne graduates, join us as we celebrate Le Moyne’s three generation legacy families and recognize the outstanding example Carol, John, Therese and David set in building lives of service to others, the embodiment of a Jesuit education. 

What is Founders’ Day?

Founders’ Day, presented by Le Moyne's Board of Regents, is the most prestigious event held at the college and both commemorates and celebrates the establishment of Le Moyne College. A key component of the Founders’ Day Gala is the presentation of the Simon Le Moyne Award for outstanding leadership for the benefit of society.

What is the Simon Le Moyne Award?

This award memorializes Father Le Moyne, a French Jesuit, an ambassador of peace and a person of faith, vision and courage.

How can my support impact students and the community? 

The Founders’ Day Gala has a direct impact on Le Moyne students and the quality of life in Central New York. By recognizing outstanding examples of community service, this event serves to reinforce – among Le Moyne alumni, students, employees and friends, and the wider Central New York community – the value of service to others.

Click here for past Simon Le Moyne Award winners.

Click here to nominate someone for 2018 Simon Le Moyne Award.

For More Information... 
Contact Kimberly McAuliff, Senior Director of Advancement
(315) 445-4553