0 100 top 85% 1 0 .001 1 0.1

Past Signature Event
Charter Day 2021

Charter Day LIVE 2021 Breaks a Record

Charter Day 2021 was like no other. Instead of 500 people gathering in a tent on the Great Lawn in front of Hennessy Hall at the Florham Campus, 500 people gathered online to participate in the University’s most successful Charter Day ever. During the one hour program, participants of Virtual Charter Day Live 2021 were encouraged to make donations in support of student scholarships. At the end of the evening, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Rick Reiss, announced, “We have met and exceeded our goal of raising more than $1 million dollars.”

Charter Day 2021 honored Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports. Tellado is a 1981 graduate of FDU and also a member of the University’s board of trustees. Patrick Zenner, MBA ’75, outgoing chair of the board of trustees, was also recognized for nearly 25 years of service to the University. In tribute to Zenner, his fellow trustees, friends and family donated to the newly created Zenner Scholarship Fund.

Among the many dignitaries congratulating Tellado during the virtual event were Senator Bill Bradley, for whom Marta worked as a senior advisor, and Craig Newmark, CEO of Craig’s List. Participants were treated to some wonderful entertainment including a cooking demonstration by celebrity and award-winning chef, David Burke. The night’s activities included a performance by Abby Lopez, who sang “I’m Not Afraid of Anything,” from Songs for a New World. Abbey is one of the FDU Theater Department’s brightest stars. Other highlights included remarks by Kelley Kramer, BA’05, who is now the deputy managing editor of Fox News Digital, and Tramaine Cooper, BS’07, MS’09, who now serves as the senior director, brand performance support for Hilton Worldwide. As students, Abbey and Tremaine were both Charter Day scholarship recipients. You can watch a replay of the event here.

“There has never been a time when the need for scholarship support was greater. Our wonderful trustees, alumni and friends know this and have made this year’s Charter Day an incredible success. On behalf of our students, thank you to each and every donor. Your generosity continues to amaze me and make me proud.”

Christopher A. Capuano,
Fairleigh Dickinson University President

Charter Day 2021 honoree Marta L. Tellado

Meet 2021 Charter Day Honoree Marta Tellado

As the President and CEO of Consumer Reports, Marta L. Tellado leads America’s foremost consumer organization—an independent nonprofit that works side by side with consumers to advance truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. She is known as a transformational leader with a talent for innovation, a passion for public service, and a distinguished portfolio of accomplishments in mission-driven organizations.

Read More

Meet Outgoing Board Chair Patrick J. Zenner

Patrick J. Zenner, MBA’75, who joined the board of trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1995 and has served as its chair since 2003, has announced that he will step down at the end of the fiscal year. Zenner, a 32-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, retired in 2001 as president and chief executive officer of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., North America, and a member of the global Pharmaceutical Executive Committee.

Read More


Pinnacle Awards
Meet the 2021 Recipients

Recipients of The PINNACLE are chosen by past inductees, based on the following criteria: success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life.

Board member Mary Trenkmann of Silberman College of Business

Executive Dinner Committee
Charter Day 2021's Executive Dinner Committee was chaired by Mary Trenkmann, BS'86, and included notable committee members including Michael J. Avaltroni, BS'99, Ph.D., Dean, School of Pharmacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Berge Abajian, BS'82, CEO of Bergio International Inc.; among many others.

Learn More


Cooking with Chef David Burke
Kicking off the Charter Day festivities was Chef David Burke, one of the best known and most respected chefs in modern American cuisine.

Learn More


2021 Digital Program
The event program included a message from FDU President, Christopher A. Capuano, featured the Charter Day honoree and Pinnacle Awards recipients, and highlighted many of the businesses and families that supported the event.

View Program

Make a Gift Now
Your Charter Day Gift Can Change a Life

All FDU donors share one important reward for their gifts: the personal satisfaction that arises from making an investment in human potential. Your gift to Fairleigh Dickinson University makes a world of difference. Many of our students would not have access to an FDU education were it not for private support. In fact, 94 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. Your generosity and the generosity of others make it possible for FDU students to pursue their dreams. You help to ensure our students have access to the foundation, technology and resources to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.


A Special Thank You
Thanks to all of the alumni and friends providing leadership support for this year's charter day celebration


  • Betsy Ryan
  • Patrick J. Zenner, MBA’75
  • Cheryl K. Beebe, MBA’88 & James A. Grimm
  • Daniel Lewis, MBA’76 and Martina Lewis
  • Dr. Gregory H. Olsen, BS’66, BS’68, MS’68
  • Robert Stewart, AA’94, BS’98 and Lisa Stewart
  • West Pharmaceutical Services

Founder's Table Sponsor

  • Anonymous
  • James “Chip” Wilkes, MBA’95
  • Gourmet Dining

President's Table Sponsor

  • James Orefice, MA’91 and Roseanne Orefice
  • Aspire Technology
  • Becton Dickinson & Company (BD)
  • TD Bank
  • Wiley

Leadership Table Sponsors

  • Anthony P. Ambrosio, BS’63
  • Robert & Susan Hallenbeck
  • Paolo Pucci and family
  • Arthur Sukel, MBA’67 and Carole Sukel
  • Dr. Marta Tellado, BA’81
  • Zygi Wilf, BA’71 and Audrey Wilf
  • Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL)
  • Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)

Preshow Sponsor

  • 1776 by David Burke Featuring Topgolf Swing Suite

Gala in a Box Sponsor

  • Schenck Process

Benefactor's Table Sponsor

  • Idea8 Marketing: BrkThru Digital, Digital Dog Direct & Gas Powered Shark Creative
  • Mazars
  • PNC Bank