Own Your Future gala to celebrate, support SUNY Old Westbury

Own Your Future gala to celebrate, support SUNY Old Westbury
The honorees for the 2024 Own Your Future Gala

The Old Westbury College Foundation Inc. to celebrate the accomplishments of the students, faculty and staff it serves while bringing together business and industry leaders from across Long Island and New York City, at its Own Your Future gala.

To be held on April 25 at the Inn at New Hyde Park, in New Hyde Park, New York, the Gala will support student resources and the ongoing work of the premier institution that is the State University of New York at Old Westbury.

‘The gala will begin at 6 p.m. Ticket and sponsorship information is available by calling (516) 876-3207 or via the Gala website.

The Own Your Future gala is the first to be held since SUNY Old Westbury’s elevation to university status last summer and the first since the appointment of University President Timothy E. Sams in 2021.

“The Gala will provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase our University as a regional academic leader that fosters liberal arts excellence, personal growth and prepares students to embrace the social and environmental responsibilities of our 21st century global community,” said Sams.  “At the same time, we’ll celebrate and thank our dedicated honorees and all those who support our campus for their shared commitment to our students, mission, vision and future.”

Honorees for the evening are John B. King, Jr., Chancellor of the State University of New York; Dr. Nisha Kaur Sethi, and Maninder Singh Sethi, Long Island community leaders and Leslie and Mark Sillcox, Founders and Trustees of the Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation.

“The Old Westbury College Foundation is committed to serving the students, faculty and staff of the university, and securing the resources they need to excel,” said Nora Bassett, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “In recognizing Chancellor John King, Mr. & Dr. Sethi and Mr. & Mrs. Willcox, we are proudly honoring leaders and supporters who share our belief in service and removing barriers to success.”

Serving as emcee for the evening is Monica Morales, reporter and anchor at WPIX-TV Channel 11.  The event chairs are Dr. Ravi Bhooplapur and Alexander Mun.

The Own Your Future gala has garnered support from a host of businesses and individuals, including Las Vegas Sands Corporation along with Dr. Nisha Kaur Sethi and Maninder Singh Sethi as Visionary Sponsors, and Dr. Ravi Bhooplapur and Goldman Sachs as leadership sponsors.



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