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Herlihy Gearan to be Honored

Mary Herlihy Gearan will receive the “Happiness is Helping” Humanitarian Award at the eighth annual Happiness House Gala Dinner & Auction Event on Friday, Feb. 4.

“Gearan has been part of the Happiness House Board of Directors for nine years, has served four years as vice chair, and has served on the Gala committee for many years. She has also given time to the Geneva School District, Our Lady of Peace, the third annual Festival of Nations and Day of Service, and the Women’s Conference,” said an article in the Finger Lakes Times that featured the award.

Following the completion of her law degree, Gearan worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. She was also a fundraiser, national delegate liaison and California Field Desk Officer on the Michael S. Dukakis presidential campaign. She served as a vice president at the Wexler Group, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked until 1992.

Last spring, Gearan was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, the International Student Association at Hobart and William Smith created and awarded the first annual Mary Herlihy Gearan Award for Outstanding Contributions to the International Community. The award honors the longstanding commitment of Gearan to the development of the international community on campus. In creating the award, the Association noted that Gearan is, “…an adamant advocate for international students and has actively participated in promoting policies beneficial to the recruitment and retention of students from abroad.”

The article, with information about the dinner event, follows.

In the photo above, Gearan is featured receiving an award from HWS international students.


Finger Lakes Times
Two to be honored at Happiness House gala
February 3, 2011

GENEVA – The eighth annual Happiness House Gala Dinner & Auction Event will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Belhurst, a founding and major sponsor. The evening is being presented by Five Star Bank.

This year’s “Happiness Is Helping” Humanitarian Award will be presented to Mary Herlihy Gearan. Gearan has been part of the Happiness House Board of Directors for nine years, has served four years as vice chair, and has served on the Gala committee for many years. She has also given time to the Geneva School District, Our Lady of Peace, the third annual Festival of Nations and Day of Service, and the Women’s Conference.

She and her husband, Mark, have lived in Geneva since he was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1999. They have two daughters, Madeleine and Kathleen.

Kim Parmenter will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. She has coordinated a dice run on behalf of her son, “Jeremy’s Journey for Hope,” for the past four years. Jeremy has autism and receives services through Happiness House. Parmenter has been the top team fundraiser for Happiness House’s bowl-a-thon for the second consecutive year. Her total contributions are over $10,000.

All proceeds will be directed to the Happiness House Foundation to benefit Happiness House’s programs and services. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call Cheryl Coppola at (585) 394-1190.