East Stroudsburg, PA – Well-known local philanthropists and long-time supporters of East Stroudsburg University, Drs. Rose and Joseph Mattioli, and their family, were honored on October 29 at a special dedication of ESU’s newly named Mattioli Recreation Center. In addition to the dedication, the occasion was also held to thank the honorees for their ongoing support of ESU throughout the years.
The Center is the university’s most popular non-academic student facility and serves over 900 students daily. In addition, the Center serves some 100 faculty and staff who are paying members. The facility is used for everything from its state of the art exercise equipment, elevated running track, and racquetball and basketball courts, to personal training, club sports, wellness programs, fitness assessments, and more.
Among those who spoke at the dedication of the Mattioli Recreation Center were ESU President Dr. Robert J. Dillman; ESU Foundation President and CEO Frank Falso; Frederic A. Moses, executive director, Student Activity Association; Emily Ward, president of the Student Senate; and honoree Dr. Joseph Mattioli. The event included an invocation by Monsignor Philip DeRea of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and closed with a reception and tours of the Center.
“We stand here today, thankful for the Mattiolis’ long history of generosity in supporting the University and the Foundation, and especially through their most recent significant and transformational gift that brings us here today, to dedicate the Mattioli Recreation Center as our way of showing our appreciation,” said Frank Falso, ESU Foundation President and CEO. “As we look around us, we see evidence of how vital this building is to the students at ESU.
The mission of the ESU Foundation is to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, and to solicit, receive and administer, and make gifts and donations for such purposes.
Photo caption: Dr. Rose and Dr. Joseph Mattioli at the dedication ceremony for the Mattioli Recreation Center at East Stroudsburg University. At right is an original painting of them by artist Robert Doney which was unveiled at the event.