2019 Founders' Day Gala Recap

Click here for a highlight video from Founders' Day 2019, including prayers from Fr. Donald Kirby, S.J. and Thomas Niland III, and remarks from Le Moyne President Linda LeMura and our honoree John Beilein. 

Click here for the official video highlighting John's coaching career 

and the Jesuit values he continues to hold

Click here for Gala Photos

Click here for a slide show of our former basketball
players in attendance

2019 Honoree - John Beilein

Pictured left to right: Jim Henderson '87, Scott Hicks '88, Len Rauch '91, Coach Beilein, Walter Hill '87, Nick Masterpole '90, Jim Cunningham '90
 John Beilein, the former Le Moyne men’s basketball coach who has crafted one of the most prolific coaching careers in NCAA history, will receive the 2019 Simon Le Moyne Award. John was recently named head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, to start yet another basketball journey. He worked his way to the top of his profession by starting at the bottom. Beginning in the mid-1970s, his coaching résumé reads: Newfane High School junior varsity, Newfane High School varsity, Erie Community College, Nazareth College, Le Moyne College, Canisius College, University of Richmond, West Virginia University, University of Michigan, and now, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Le Moyne will celebrate a man’s legacy that goes far beyond basketball,” said President Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “John’s success on the court is undeniable, but the true measure of John is the positive impact he has made in the lives of so many individuals. He epitomizes the Jesuit ideals of magis and caring for others.”

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.

Founders' Day Committee

Tara DiLaura - Co-chair Jim Henderson - Co-chair
Rich Baldwin Hallam Doney
Leanne Fiscoe Margie Ierlan
Michelle Jevis Barb Karper
Mary King Bonita Lindberg
Kim McAuliff Kevin Nickels
Kevin Nickels Grace Niland
Cindy Procopio Lenore Sealy
Mary Anne Winfield Derek Zuckerman

Click here for past Simon Le Moyne Award winners.

Click here to nominate someone for 2020 Simon Le Moyne Award.

For More Information... 
Contact Cindy Procopio, Development Coordinator
(315) 445-4557