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Lead Donors:


Lawrence and Theresa Salameno
The Spiritual Center is named after Lawrence and Theresa Salameno, of Allendale, New Jersey, who in 2006 provided a lead gift of $350,000.  They established the Salameno Challenge Grant to be used as an incentive to attract donors to the project.  Mrs. Salameno is a member of the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation. Mr. Salameno is executive vice-president and director of Permal Group., and director of Permal Group Ltd., Legg Mason Companies.  In recognition for their steadfast support of Ramapo College, the Salamenos were honored in 2007 at the 25th Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner.

salamenosAnthony and Theresa Padovano of Morris Plains, New Jersey, have been active in issues of social justice, global education and non-violence. Dr. Anthony T. Padovano, a founder of the College who is a distinguished professor of Literature and Philosophy, initiated the concept for the Salameno Spiritual Center in 2001. The Padovano Peace Pavilion is named for Dr. and Mrs. Padovano.

Pamela and Peter McBride of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, have had a special relationship with Ramapo College from its early years.  The McBrides have provided major funding to restore the gatehouse on campus, which now serves as the Office of Admissions.  Mr. McBride is a member of the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation.  He and his wife have been staunch supporters of Foundation activities including the Annual Golf Outing and the Distinguished Citizens Dinner.  The McBride Meditation Room is named for them.

Spiritual-Center-6-30-10-23-2Anthony and Gail Marino of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, have established a special scholarship for select students pursuing international education at Ramapo College prior to their support of the Center.  Mr. Marino, though his company, Century 21 Construction, and his family have faithfully sponsored the Annual Golf Outing.  The Marino Meditation Room is named for them.

Emily Kosstrin Mann of Englewood, New Jersey is a community leader and architectural designer who has a long history with Ramapo College.  She and her husband, Samuel, embraced the concept of a spiritual center on campus.  Mrs. Mann is a member of the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation.  From 1997- 2004, she was as a member of the Board of Trustees for Ramapo College, serving as vice chair of the Board, and chair of the Capital Improvements Committee, and on the Academic, Finance and Presidential Search committees. She was the first chair of the Berrie Center Board.  Mrs. Mann was honored at the 2006 Distinguished Citizens Dinner.

Major Donors:

  • Fred J. Brotherton Foundation
  • Robert and Shirlee Caruso
  • Daniell Family Foundation
  • Cathleen Davey and Raymond Corbett
  • Rebecca Kraus
  • Reverend George Mader
  • Andrew and Rose Mainardi
  • Carlo and Kathleen Mainardi
  • Ralph and Elizabeth Mastrangelo
  • Ramapo Student Activities
  • Rolex Watch
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
  • David and Eleanore Rukin Philanthropic Foundation
  • Schwartz Family Foundation
  • Tam Metal Products, Inc.
  • George and Judith Webster
  • Jay and Marie-Noelle Wholley
  • Michael Wilson