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Beplers, Cardinal McCarrick to Be Feted at Founder's Dinner

Contact: Bob Howe
(212) 636-6538

Debbie Allen

NEW YORK — Fordham University will honor Stephen E. Bepler, FCRH ’64, Kim Bepler and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, FCRH ’54, archbishop emeritus of Washington, at the 2007 Fordham Founder’s Award Dinner, emceed by award-winning actress, choreographer and director Debbie Allen. The sixth annual dinner will be held on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria.

TIME:       6:30 P.M. COCKTAILS/7:15 P.M. DINNER
                  PARK AVE., BETWEEN 49TH AND 50TH STS.

Stephen Bepler, a past trustee of Fordham University, has been an investment adviser for 40 years. Since 1972, he has been with Capital Research and Management where he now serves as president and principal executive officer of Capital World Growth and Income Fund and executive vice president of Europacific Growth Fund. Together with Kim Bepler, he has created the Karl Rahner, S.J., Chair in Theology, held by Mark S. Massa, S.J., Ph.D., and the John D. Boyd, S.J., Chair in Poetry. He serves as a trustee of Washington Theological Union, Barnard College, Cristo Rey High School and Fairfield University.

Kim Bepler is a philanthropist and the former director of business development at Cahners Travel Group. She is a longtime volunteer at the Nativity Mission Center, a Jesuit middle school on New York’s Lower East Side, and assisted in the merger of New York City’s three Nativity Schools, to which both she and Stephen Bepler provide financial support. As vice chair of the Nativity Mission Center’s board of trustees, Kim Bepler strives to raise awareness of the center’s mission, and helps develop creative programming. With Stephen Bepler, she has contributed to many Fordham scholarship funds, created scholarships, endowed faculty chairs and supported the renovation of the University Church.

Cardinal McCarrick was appointed the first bishop of Metuchen, N.J., in 1981 and Archbishop of Newark in 1986, by Pope John Paul II. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2001, and served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 through 2006. Cardinal McCarrick is past chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees on domestic policy, international policy, migration, and aid to the church in Central and Eastern Europe. A human rights advocate, Cardinal McCarrick has surveyed humanitarian needs in China, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Rwanda.
Debbie Allen received the Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in the hit series Fame, and is a three-time Emmy Award winner for choreography. She has choreographed the Academy Awards a record 10 times, six in consecutive years, and has directed and choreographed for legendary artists Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr. In April Allen will premiere Alex in Wonderland, a musical exploring the relevance of fairy tales to a 13-year-old boy, at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The Fordham Founder’s Award, conferred at the black-tie dinner, recognizes individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of the University’s defining traditions, as an institution dedicated to wisdom and learning in the service of others. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Fordham Founder’s Presidential Scholarship Fund.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. 

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