On May 5, 2016, the Center for Athletics and Wellness at Marywood will be transformed into an iconic venue, full of bold thinkers and outstanding entertainment, to celebrate the partnership of Marywood University and the community.

At the Third Annual Community Leadership Celebration, Marywood University will present Gerard and Marie Terotta Roche ’52 with the Lead On Award, which honors established community leaders who demonstrate the vision to make the region a better place to live, work, and raise a family. This annual celebration provides special support to Marywood’s Endowment, which benefits our student body now and in the future. Proceeds from this year’s event will support Marywood University students through scholarships and programs that enhance the
academic experience in the IHM tradition.

Gerard Roche, a graduate of The University of Scranton, is a former Marywood Trustee and Chairman Emeritus at Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide executive search firm. With more than 40 years as an executive recruiter, Mr. Roche has worked with hundreds of corporations and their boards, identifying top executives throughout the world in almost every function and industry, and placing more CEOs than any other recruiter. He joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1964, quickly rose to become President and CEO of the company in 1977, and, ultimately, moved into the Chairman’s role in 1981 to permit greater time for the high-level search work for which he is internationally known. In 1999, Mr. Roche was named “Recruiter of the Century” in a Hunt Scanlon poll of several thousand industry peers, and, throughout his career, he earned the respect of candidates and clients alike.

Marie Terotta Roche ’52, a Marywood graduate, has led her own successful career in the arts as a critically-acclaimed singer, actor, dancer, and radio personality. She began singing with her late sister, Joan Terotta Costa, as the “Terotta Sisters.” They performed nationally as featured vocalists, took part in countless radio programs, and even starred in their own TV show. Currently, Mrs. Roche directs The Chappaqua Singers of northern Westchester County, N.Y., an ensemble of female singers she founded 30 years ago. The group has performed in Romania under the auspices of the Romanian Government and the Friendship Ambassadors Organization. They have also sung in Washington, D.C., by special invitation during national celebrations and during the September 11th observances in New York, N.Y. For the past 17 years, Mrs. Roche has also directed the Loblolly Singers of Hobe Sound.

The evening includes:

  • Cocktail Reception 5:30pm
  • Dinner with Award Presentation 6:30pm
  • Dessert Reception to follow the dinner
  • Music provided by Marywood’s outstanding student musicians
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