Second annual Beata Benefactors Banquet honors Newman donors

Oct 29, 2015
Author and speaker Joe Schmit gives keynote address at the 2015 Beata Banefactos Banquet.

More than 120 guests gathered in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center Oct 27 to be honored for their support of Newman University at the second annual Beata Benefactors Banquet, a special event 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 Most Rev. Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita. Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. then thanked the donors for their support and explained the name of the banquet.

Beata is Latin for “blessed,” Carrocci explained, a fitting title to “describe our reality, because we truly are blessed by your generosity.” Carrocci added that Beata is also the name of Mother Beata Netemeyer, ASC, who was the provincial of the Wichita Adorers of the Blood of Christ in the 1930’s and played a major role in the founding of Sacred Heart Junior College.BBB_dr carrocci awards

Newman Vice President for University Advancement J.V. Johnston served as emcee for the event.

Joe Schmit, author of “Silent Impact: Stories of Influence through Purpose, Persistence and Passion”, inspired and entertained the audience with a keynote address prior to the recognition portion of the evening.

Johnston, along with Senior Development Officer David Alexander, announced the new members of Newman’s Giving Societies. Each was presented with a gift by Carrocci.

New members in attendance included:

1933 Society

Lucy Heinz Estate

The Sacred Heart Society

Catholic Diocese of Dodge City

Mrs. Brenda Farha

Rosalie and Robert Goebel

William T. Kemper Foundation

Geraldine Killeen

Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation

Lattner Family Foundation

Riverside Health Foundation

Janet and Scott Schwindaman

Thomas Welk CPPS

 Msgr. McNeill Society

Terri and Martin Dondlinger, Jr.

Sue and Kenneth Doonan

Paul J. Foley Jr.

Carol and Dr. James Loeffler
Kathy Gann-McCoy and Roger McCoy

Caroline Shipley

Anne and Robert Simpson

Alice and Dale Wiggins

Marta and Dr. Stephen Williamson

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Bank of America

Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother

South Central Sealing LLC

De Mattias Society Individuals

Flossie and David Alexander

Sharon and Clark Bastian

Debbie and Arlin Beer

Reverend Ned Blick

Diane and Roger Bloyd

Melanie and Ed Bugner

Julie and Dr. Eugene Cannata

Sherlyn and Anthony Catanese

Rev. Frank Coady

Krystal and Justin Crumbley

Nancy and Robert Diepenbrock

Vanessa and Raymond Dondlinger

Michael Donovan

Christopher Dugan

Tamela and Brian Eck

Francie and Dr. Hugh Ekengren

Heidi and Brad Elliott

Patricia and Scott Engelstad

Regina and Steven Feilmeier

Karen and Robin Foley

Ann and T. J. Foley

Jennifer and Brandon Gantz

Larry Gerber

Rev. Joseph Gile

Kathrine and Carter Girrens

Carolyn and Ronald Goertz

Margaret and Patrick Healy

Lisa and Joseph Hemmelgarn

Dr. Sheryl Hemmen and Steven Albert

Carol and Kenneth Hertel

Dr. Jack Hollingsworth

Jody and James Horner

James Hornsby

Jane Jacobs Lowe and Richard Lowe

Marianne and Jerry Johnston

Mary Jones

Rev. John Lanzrath

Kay and Ralph Lanzrath

Shawn and Dr. Thomas McCarthy

Colleen and Edwin Mikesell

Mary and Fred Muck

Dr. Tammie Nelsen

Sharon and Greg Niemann

Holly and Mark Rehwinkel

Tracy Shaw and Prasenjeet Chudhuri

Reverend Wayne Schmid

Kimberly and Patrick Schrant

Dr. Judith Coombs Schreiber

William Schwindt

Patricia and Howard Sherwood

Louise and Paul Shinogle

Denice and Dr. Andre Thibault

Sandra and Larry Tholen

Virginia and Paul Treadwell

Lori and Dr. Mark Troilo

Tracey and Ben Voegeli

Marsha Weber

Mary Ann and Dana Winkler

Curtis Zerr

De Mattias Society Wichita Area Businesses

Andale Ready Mix Central, Inc.

Burwell Roofing

DeVore Foundation

House of Schwann Inc.

Lies-Bugner Homes L.L.C.

Dr. Andrew Porter D.O.

Star Lumber and Supply

TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas

Newman Society

Elaine Aaron

Carm and Dr. Michael Ludlow

Caroline Shipley

The giving societies are:

The 1933 Society, which honors and celebrates individual donors who have given a cumulative amount of $1 million or more in cash gifts to the university. The 1933 in the title refers to the year Newman was founded as Sacred Heart Junior College

The Sacred Heart Society, which honors and celebrates donors who give $25,000 or more in cash gifts during the university’s fiscal year.

The Monsignor McNeill Society, which honors and celebrates donors who give between $10,000 and $24,999 in cash gifts during the university’s fiscal year. This Society is named for Monsignor Leon McNeill, the first President of Sacred Heart Junior College.

The De Mattias Society, which honors and celebrates individual donors who give between $1,000 and $9,999 in cash gifts during the university’s fiscal year. The society is named for St. Maria De Mattias, the foundress of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, the founding and sponsoring congregation of Newman University.

The Newman Society, which honors and celebrates donors who have made a commitment to support Newman University through a planned, deferred gift or endowment.