Posted: Tuesday May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
Internationally-acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, center, was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Fred Rogers Legacy Award and gave a recital to benefit the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media on May 23 at Saint Vincent College. Ma, who appeared twice with Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and became a lifelong friend of the late public television legend, was invited to receive the honor by Joanne Rogers, second from right, honorary chairperson of the Center’s advisory council, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center. Also participating in the presentation were Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., left, chancellor of Saint Vincent College; Jill Hornor, spouse of Ma; and Rick Fernandes, right, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center. Proceeds from the event exceeded its $1 million goal and will benefit scholarships and fellowships at the Rogers Center, the Rogers Early Career Fellows Program which fosters the next generation of professionals dedicated to children’s media, and the Fred Rogers Scholars Program which is designed for Saint Vincent College students interested in pursuing careers involving children, early learning and media for young children.
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