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St. Bonaventure University will honor three individuals for their selfless contributions to the Rochester community at its Gaudete Medals ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
St. Bonaventure’s Gaudete (gow-DAY-tay) Medal honors business and community leaders who exemplify the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi through their joy, hope, positive outlook on life, sincerely compassionate spirit and desire to serve humankind. Recipients of the Gaudete, which means “Rejoice!” in Latin, have inspired, encouraged and enlightened others through their personal and professional lives.
Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the medal presentations. The public is invited. For more information on Gaudete event sponsorships and individual tickets, contact Anne Goergen at email@example.com or 716-375-4085.
The honorees are:
Ronald Salluzzo, SBU class of 1972, is a partner in the Higher Education and Academic Medical Centers markets of Attain, LLC, and serves as the firm’s chief risk officer.
His past work experience includes roles such as the National Industry Leader for Higher Education at KPMG; managing partner of KPMG’s Rochester Office; chief financial officer of Harris Interactive; chief risk officer for BearingPoint; and executive vice president at Bearing Point responsible for the state and local and education practice in North America.
Salluzzo holds memberships on the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology, Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and the Board of the St. Ann’s Community Foundation.
Past community activities include treasurer of the Eastman Commons Community; chair of the Board of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; treasurer of Rochester Community Baseball; vice chair of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Service; vice chair of the Board of the United Way of Greater Rochester; and treasurer of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Serving as a St. Bonaventure University trustee from 1994 until 2004, Salluzzo and his wife, Sharon, have been major donors to endowment programming for the new William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center. They have also been active supporters of the Gaudete Awards ceremony, serving as event chairs in 2008.
Fr. Laurence Tracy has been honored numerous times for more than 40 years of service and support of Rochster’s Latino community. Fr. Tracy is well regarded for his work in social justice, peace activism, racial equality and workers’ rights.
Fr. Tracy was one of the founders of the Bilingual Council of the Rochester City School District.
“Father Tracy is loved by the whole community because he is the only shepherd who has loved, cried and who fights for the Hispanic people,” said Belen Colón, a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church who has known the priest since 1966.
The Latino Rotary Club honored Fr. Tracy for his dedication to service by dedicating a garden to him outside St. Michael’s. The Rochester City School District also presented him with the Community Pioneer Award during a Hispanic Heritage ceremony.
“He’s lived in this community his whole life,” said Diana Hernández, Rotary president. “He gives of himself. He is selfless. He has created a legacy that we want to keep alive.”
But his service isn’t isolated to Latinos; he helps all communities who are in need of advocacy, she said.
“He really has a heart for everyone,” Hernández said. “He is a brother, a coach, a mentor, an organizer and a visionary.”
Hon. Patricia D. Marks left the District Attorney’s office in 1984 to become a Monroe County Court judge, where she served until her retirement in January 2011. Prior to her retirement, she served as the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts in the Seventh Judicial District.
Marks is the executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center and played a key role in establishing the Monroe County Mental Health Court in 2009.
She continues her service to community in a leadership role in her church and by volunteering. This summer, she hosted five visitors from the Ukraine to assist people in developing countries interested in our legal system as they strive to explore a democratic society.
Law enforcement groups, universities, local associations, and veteran’s chapters have recognized Marks for her work.
She was honored in 2010 with the Excellence in Public Service Award from the New York State Bar Association, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate a higher calling in government through their commitment to service, honor and integrity in the public sector.
In 2012, Marks received the Woman of Distinction award by the New York State Senate.
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