The University of Maryland Alumni Association hosted the fifth annual Maryland in Manhattan event on Thursday, April 24 at Guastavino’s in New York City.
The event united alumni and friends of the University of Maryland while honoring those who have made exceptional progress in their fields. New relationships and friendships were formed as the Maryland community embraced the “THINK B1G” theme and worked to raise support for scholarships for Maryland students, as well as alumni programming and outreach. The event also included a silent auction.
"It was great to see so many Maryland alumni," said former men's basketball coach Gary Williams. "We have a great opportunity as a university and an athletic department, and New York is an important area for us to continue to grow."
Attendees at this event included 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Williams, University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson and Maryland men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski.
"Our New York alumni base is extremely passionate," Anderson said. "As we expand our overall outreach and engagement efforts, this region is an important one for us to carry that momentum forward. Maryland in Manhattan was very impressive and gave us a glimpse of what we can accomplish in New York.
Loh and Jim Delaney, Big Ten Conference Commissioner, both made remarks at the event followed by the announcement of honorees. Honorees for the event included Entreprenuer of the Year, Robert Kashan Class of 1976; Industry Game Changer, Aliza Licht, Class of 1996; and Executive of the Year, Paul Schulman, Class of 1990.
Two-time Emmy Award winner and NYC sports journalist Tina Cervasio served as Master of Ceremonies. Cervasio is a sideline and feature reporter for the Knicks and graduated from Maryland in 1996.
The event was co-chaired by Joseph Brancato (Class of 1980) and William Greenblatt (Class of 1979).