Golden Jubilee Planned for Regents Ball

March 1, 2016


BUFFALO, NY - The Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Ball will commemorate 50 years when it hosts a “Golden Jubilee” gala on May 7, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Independent Health is the presenting sponsor for the evening, which is the principal fundraiser for the college’s Board of Regents Scholarship Fund. The fund provides financial support to promising Canisius students.

The Regents Scholarship Ball will include dinner, dancing and a variety of valuable prize packages, as well as the presentation of the Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker. The 1982 alumna will be recognized for her vast civic contributions to Western New York.

Dedecker is president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)-3 public charity that manages 800 endowment funds for individuals, families and organizations. In her role, Dedecker leads a focused growth and impact strategy that connects people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Under her leadership, the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public and private sector collaborations to advance systemic change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Dedecker oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch Say Yes to Education in Buffalo. The initiative offers a college tuition guarantee for graduates of traditional public and charter schools in the city along with a coordinated system of supports.

Canisius Regents Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90 and Brian Murphy ’95 are co-chairs of the Regents Scholarship Ball for the second consecutive year.

Tickets for the Regents Scholarship Ball “Golden Jubilee” are now on sale. 

Tables of 10 are available at the Magis Level for $5,500; the Ignatian Level for $3,500; and the Griffin Level for $2,500. Young alumni pricing (classes of 2006-2015) and individual tickets are also available.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Cecelia Gotham, assistant director of stewardship and events, at 716-888-8228 or at