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Gala at Mount drawing business community; David T. Cocks honored

November 07, 2011

Newburgh, NY -

David T. Cocks (framed portrait), former president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank, was posthumously awarded the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence at Mount Saint Mary College’s gala, December 2. Pictured from left: Joseph A. Bonura, David’s daughter Samantha Cocks and son Brian Cocks, Fr. Kevin Mackin, president of Mount Saint Mary College, and David’s widow Janice Cocks.

David T. Cocks, president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank, looked forward to this year’s Mount Saint Mary College Gala Reception.

The president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank was honored to be selected to receive the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence, on Friday, December 2.

“Dave was beloved for his dedication, bettering himself and the community,” recalled college president Fr. Kevin Mackin. “I’m glad so many people in the community will be gathering to honor him.”

David Cocks often said that he was proud to have earned his degree through the Mount’s evening continuing education program, and remarked, “I have not had a more rewarding or satisfying moment than when I held that Mount Saint Mary College diploma in my hands for the first time”.

Funds raised by the posthumous tribute to David Cocks, who died in June, will enable the college to provide an affordable values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

The Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence is presented by the college to individuals who, through their professional accomplishments and approach to management, “have shown the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of Mr. Joseph Bonura,” another highly esteemed member of the Mount Saint Mary College community.

Some 250 guests attended the gala in honor of Cocks. The event raised more than $105,000 in gifts and pledges which will enable the college to provide an affordable values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.