Barbara Schmidt of Rockville Centre receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Molloy Gala


Molloy University celebrated its annual gala last Friday, with an “evening of entertainment,” at the Madison Theatre featuring a Broadway revue performed by an all-star ensemble cast.

All of the proceeds raised during the gala will go to support Molloy University’s unwavering commitment to help provide its students with scholarship funding.

“Molloy University has a vision to provide its students the highest level of education, personal growth and community involvement,” Susan Santoro, a Molloy University board member and co-chair of the gala, said in an email.

With the continued support of its donors, the university can continue its mission to provide an education that transforms students and through them, the communities where they work and live.

This year’s gala recognized two individuals whose professional careers, character, values, dedication, leadership and accomplishments embody the true spirit of the university and its mission.

Barbara Schmidt, a Rockville Centre resident, associate provost and professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders was recognized this year with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements, exceptional leadership and service within the community.

“I am humbled and grateful for the recognition given to me by the University and thank all the colleagues and students who have challenged and supported me throughout the years,” Schmidt said. “The University has a long-standing history of educating fine professionals who serve the needs of the community. The gala represents a commitment to the success of students now and in the future.”

Marian Conway, executive director of the New York Community Bank Foundation, was also presented with the Corporate Leadership Award, for her extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments and career values.

Following cocktails and light fare at Molloy’s Public Square, the school invited Seth Rudetsky, host of SiriusXM radio’s “On Broadway” along with Andrea Martin, Justin Guarini, Charlotte D’Ambrosio, Christy Altomare and Ali Ewoldt to take the stage at the Madison Theatre for an evening of entertainment.

“We are grateful to all who shared in Molloy’s annual Gala,” Molloy University President James Lentini said. “Attendees demonstrated support for our students and University by contributing to support for our mission and for student scholarships. The evening’s honorees — Dr. Marian Conway and Dr. Barbara Schmidt — have enjoyed careers dedicated to service in their professions, thereby embodying the Molloy mission. The exceptional performance by Broadway stars led by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky on the Madison Theatre stage was a fitting way to honor the evening’s award recipients.”