Ralph Regula Tribute to be Held December 3 in Washington, D.C.

November 20, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – A 90th birthday tribute to celebrate retired Congressman Ralph Regula’s commitment to public service will be held Wednesday, December 3 in Washington, D.C.

The celebration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature several dignitaries including John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives. The event is being organized by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union with honorary co-chairs Ward J. Timken, Jr., Richard W. Pogue, U.S. Senator Rob Portman and former Congressman Dave Hobson.

“This is a fitting tribute to Congressman Regula who mentored many of the same government officials who will be present for this event,” said Harry Paidas, director of the Regula Center. “It has been his dream to see more college graduates work in public service and this tribute should inspire others to help fulfill that dream.”

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the roof terrace and conference room of Jones Day Headquarters, 300 New Jersey Ave., N.W. in Washington, D.C. Cost to attend is $500 per person with all contributions going toward support of scholarships for the Regula Scholars program at Mount Union.

Some of the lead sponsors for the event include The Timken Foundation, Bob and Linda DeHoff, David and Elaine Dabelko, attorney Richard Pogue, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Aultman Health Foundation, Kenan Advantage, Karen and Scott Fitzpatrick, Beaver Excavating, Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company, Fresh Mark, Belden Brick, Richard Smucker and Tim Smucker, as of November 19. Additional sponsorship opportunities at all levels are available by contacting Matt Stinson, Mount Union director of Advancement, at (330) 823-7803 or stinsomp@mountunion.edu.

All proceeds from the event will be used to increase funding of the Regula Scholars program at Mount Union.

Mount Union Regula Scholars are selected annually based on a number of factors, which include a minimum 3.5 grade point average, 150 hours of accumulated hours in community or public service and an intent to work in community service or public service upon graduation. The scholars program was established to complement the vision of Congressman Regula to produce college graduates who would become public servants.

The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union is the result of the vision of Congressman Ralph Regula, who served 36 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Regula believes that there is a strong need in the U.S. to provide the training, skills and expertise to develop professionals in the field of public service. “Congressman Regula and his wife Mary have lived exemplary lives in the fields of public service and civic engagement,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “Their years of commitment to service and developing public servants of the future are achievements well worth celebrating.”

To RSVP for the event, contact Anne Graffice at graffiaz@mountunion.edu or call (330) 823-2030.


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