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Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead 43rd Annual Scholarship Dinner

Forty-three years ago, a dedicated and caring group of volunteers met for the first time to raise scholarship funds to make it possible for deserving students from the Village of Hempstead to attend Hofstra University. The long-running tradition of the Annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner continues to this day, and the 2017 dinner is Thursday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus. Black tie optional.

Since its founding, hundreds of young men and women have benefited from the scholarship funds raised by these dinners. The Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead event also strengthens the bond between the Village of Hempstead and Hofstra University. The evening includes the annual presentation of the prestigious Unispan Award to individuals whose professional or personal lives have enriched the Hempstead community. The Unispan Award, named for the original pedestrian bridge over Hempstead Turnpike that unites Hofstra’s north and south campuses, symbolizes the close ties between the University and the Village of Hempstead.

This year’s Unispan Award recipients are:

  • Bill Beroza – Israel Men’s National Lacrosse Team
  • Cynthia D. Felder & Christopher D. Felder – Long Island Barber Institute
  • Marion P. Fleming ‘68 – Educator
  • Bishop Barrington Goldson – Calvary Tabernacle, The Academy Charter School
  • Wayne K. Redman – Hempstead Boys & Girls Club
  • Keith Senko – John Senko Funeral Homes, Senko Funeral Home, Hempstead Funeral Home

Additionally, Curtis “Flex” Watts of Sharp Edges Barbershop, will receive the Tyree Curry Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual for exceptional contributions, distinguished service, and spirit of volunteerism within the Hempstead community.

Tickets are $125 per person. Ticket and sponsorship packages are also available. To make your reservations and other purchases online, please visit, or contact Alex LaMagna, Special Events Coordinator in the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs, at 516-463-5284 or

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