- by Mount Saint Mary College

Friends of the Mount enjoyed celebrating live and in-person at the college’s 12th Annual Gala Reception, which honored three outstanding pillars of our local community.

Michael J. Quinn, president and CEO of Rhinebeck Bank, and Nick Citera and Nicolas DiBrizzi of Cosimo’s Restaurant Group, were honored with the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence.

The award recognizes individuals or organizations whose professional accomplishments, service to the community, and leadership reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors, and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of local restaurateur Joseph A. Bonura. 

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the previous Gala to be hosted virtually, patrons welcomed the return to a face to face event by catching up with old friends and enjoying a fine meal.

The Gala raised more than $153,000 in gifts, sponsorships, and ticket sales, which will be used to support the Annual Gala Endowed Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to academically strong students with financial need, with preference given to students pursuing a degree in Business. Mount scholarships provide an affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.

12th Annual Gala Reception

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