Molloy gets $1M Gift at Virtual Gala

By Adina Genn
Published by Long Island Business News

Rockville Centre-based Molloy College unveiled a $1 million gift - one of the largest ever at the college - at its Nov. 28 virtual gala.

The gift was from the family of Barbara Hagen, and establishes The Barbara H. Hagan Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate nursing degree at Molloy College. The presentation was made by members of the Hagan family, which also made the founding donation to establish the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2016.

"The Hagan family continues to support Molloy and, in particular, the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Services," Edward Thompson, Molloy's vice president of advancement, said ina statement.  "Their latest gift is one of the largest Molloy has ever received, and we are grateful for their ongoing contributions to our success.

In total, the gala raised $1.5 million in cash and pledges from viewers who called and texted donations during the event. Proceeds are all set to benefit student scholarships to make quality education obtainable for our future leaders and generations of young students.

"This is a celebration of our many alumni, current students, faculty and staff, each of whom have been instrumental in helping their communities during the ongoing pandemic,  Dr. James P. Lentini, president of Molloy, said in a statement.

"Our nurses, respiratory therapists and many others who have graduated from all of our four schools, have impacted countless lives, in countless ways," he added. "They continue to make a difference in the world and will do so long after the virus has been tamed. What will remain is our special culture, a spirit that defines Molloy and makes it a unique college in our country."

The theme of this year's gala was "Celebrating Success in Action," honoring Molloy College alumni and community leaders serving on the front lines fighting against the coronavirus. The honorees were Wayne and Karen Lipton, in recognition of their years of their leadership and corporate citizenship. Wayne Lipton is founder, CEO and managing director of Concierge Choice Physicians. Karen Lipton has been an assistant deputy attorney in Nassau County for 24 years. Wayne also performs with The South Shore Symphony, which has called Molloy's Madison Theatre Home for the last decade.

"I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the relationship that the Molloy College Nursing Program and its graduates has on serving the health needs of the region during the ongoing pandemic," Wayne said in a statement. "Karen and I have worked closely with Molloy for many years and their dedication to the Long Island community is evident in everything they do."

"The values that our family lives by are the same values that are at the core of Molloy College mission," Karen said in a statement. "My aunt Claire is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville, who founded Molloy College in 1955. Her modeling a life of grace, learning, teaching, and always contributing to the common good has had a profound effect on our family."

The event also featured entertainment by artists Paul Shaffer and Melissa Manchester and cameo appearances from actor Ralph Macchio, Lillias White and Students, Alumni and Friends of Molloy College.

The event was co-chaired by Salvatore Ciampo, president of  Renewal Powered by Belimo; and Laura Farahani, chief financial officer at ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corporation.

The event celebrated the many alumni and community leaders who have been on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing Molloy-trained nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, business postgraduates and others who have investing in our four schools of learning.