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Rye's Ann Mara to Receive Award at Fordham Dinner

RYE, N.Y. – Fordham University will honor Rye’s Ann Mara, wife of the late New York Giants owner and Fordham alumnus Wellington Mara, with the Walsh Award at the Fordham Football Dinner on Friday, April 27.

Dan C. Somma, captain of Fordham’s 1965 football team, will receive the Mara Family Award, named in honor of Wellington Mara, who graduated from the university in 1937.

The Walsh Award is named for William D. Walsh, a 1951 Fordham graduate whose name adorns the Walsh Athletic Training Center and the Walsh Family Library at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.

Ann Mara has attended hundreds of Giants games in the past five decades, including the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in February.

The dinner will be held at the Jumeirah Essex House in Manhattan. with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

A press release to The Daily Rye described The Walsh Award in the following way:

“The Walsh Award is presented annually to an individual who best exemplifies the support, loyalty, and passion for Fordham Football as captured in the spirit of Walsh. Those receiving the Walsh award represent cornerstones to the program which have allowed Fordham Football to continue on its proud tradition.”

The release described The Mara Family Award in this way:

“The Mara Family Award is presented annually to an individual who embodies the best of traits of a Fordham person. It is awarded to those whose dedication to and conviction for Fordham Football best represents what the Mara family has meant to Fordham, the NFL, and all the communities they touch.”

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