On Sunday, December 4, over 100 Friends, local donors and their guests gathered for this year’s Friends of Ithaca College annual holiday dinner in Emerson Suites. The evening began with a wine and beer reception in Emerson Lounge, before guests were invited into the Suites for dinner. Friends president Jerry Dietz '75, Parent ' 10 took to the microphone to welcome guests and share his own experiences as an IC student and alumnus. He then introduced Tom Rochon who shared the importance of the Friends, and philanthropy, to Ithaca College.
Following these well-received remarks, dinner service began. Once desserts and coffee were served, Jerry introduced the second part of the program. He acknowledged the Friends Executive Committee and Advisory Council members, along with the Friends scholars. Jerry then invited Friends scholar Cynthia Ulbing ’17 to the lectern, who shared her experiences as an IC student and an Ithacan, thanking the Friends in the room for their support. Jerry then introduced the musical performances for the evening, which included the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, led by Janet Galvan, professor of performance studies. Following the Women’s Chorale were the IC Jazz Reparatory Ensemble, led by Nick Weiser, lecturer of performance studies. At the conclusion of these wonderful and engaging performances, Jerry closed the program by again thanking everyone in the room for their support of the College.