Beata Banquet honors Newman donors


More than 120 guests gathered in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center Oct. 27, 2015 to be honored for their support of Newman University at the second annual Beata Benefactors Banquet. The event is designed to recognize and thank major donors to the university.

The evening included remarks by several Newman University officials, including Newman Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees Archie Macias, who welcomed the guests and introduced a video message by the Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita.

Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. explained to the crowd that the Beata in the name for the banquet is Latin for “blessed,” a fitting title to “describe our reality, because we truly are blessed by your generosity.” She added that Beata is also the name of Mother Beata Netemeyer, ASC, the provincial of the Wichita Adorers of the Blood of Christ in the 1930s, who played a major role in the founding of Sacred Heart Junior College.

Joe Schmit, author of Silent Impact: Stories of Influence through Purpose, Persistence and Passion, inspired and entertained the audience with a keynote address. Carrocci then presented gifts to the honorees.

Among those honored were the Lucy Heinz Estate; the Diocese of Dodge City; the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City; Rosalie and Robert Goebel; Paul J. Foley Jr.; the William T. Kemper Foundation, and the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.

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