Diocese of Bridgeport: Couple Receives SHU Leadership Award

News Story: May 23, 2017


"Ruben and Grace Rodriguez are the recipients of the Horizons at Sacred Heart University program’s first-ever Horizons Leadership Award. The award was bestowed at the program’s second annual gala on April 22 at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center at SHU.

In accepting the award, Grace Rodriguez said she and Ruben had fallen in love with the program and its students during a visit to Sacred Heart more than a year ago. Ruben passed away on May 5, 2016 but, as Grace noted, Ruben was certainly with them in spirit. She shared with the students, their families and those gathered that she and Ruben had come to the United States from Cuba in the 1960s to escape the Fidel Castro regime and became American citizens. The couple found success—he as CEO and chairman of Bacardi and she as manager of Westport Bank & Trust—through hard work in their studies and their careers and through their faith, she told the students. She was joined at the gala by her two daughters, Grace and Susan, and her extended family."


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