Wilkes University

Founders Gala

Founders Gala
Benco Portrait

Founders Gala 2018

6 p.m. • Saturday, June 2, 2018
Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre

2018 President's Medal Recipient:

Lawrence E. Cohen ’57

Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate, Benco Dental Company

Please join us for Wilkes University’s annual premier event, Founders Gala 2018. Together we celebrate our rich heritage while supporting our mission of serving first-generation students by raising money for the First Generation Scholarship Fund. Because of his extraordinary commitment and service to Wilkes University, we will bestow the prestigious President’s Medal to Lawrence E. Cohen ’57. For more information on sponsorship and participation opportunities, please contact Margaret Steele at 570-408-4302 or margaret.steele@wilkes.edu.


As Wilkes University marks eight decades of educating first-generation college students, I invite you to celebrate our heritage at Founders Gala 2018. Proceeds from this annual event will support the First Generation Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 to provide additional scholarship funding to make a Wilkes education attainable for first-generation students.

The founders of Bucknell University Junior College recognized that helping young people attend college benefited the individual even as it strengthened the region, and they wove that into the fabric of the institution that eventually became Wilkes University. Even after all these years, over half of our incoming freshmen still identify themselves as the first generation of their family to attend a four-year institution of higher learning. Wilkes University continues to play a vital role in opening opportunities that lead to success.

It is with great pleasure that I will award the President’s Medal to Lawrence E. Cohen for his extraordinary commitment to Wilkes University and the greater community. I encourage you to join me in honoring him as we continue our great tradition and mission of opening doors of opportunity for first-generation students. Please consider becoming a Founders Gala 2018 sponsor. The proceeds will help students in need of additional funding to realize their dreams of obtaining a four-year college degree.

Pat's Signature



Patrick F. Leahy

President, Wilkes University

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