Wilkes University to Present President’s Medal to Harry and Beverly Hiscox at 2024 Founders Gala

by Kelly Clisham
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The University will also honor Anthony (Tony) DaRe with the Chairperson’s Award.

Wilkes University will celebrate its legacy of educating first-generation college students at the 2024 Founders Gala on Thursday, May 30. Now in its tenth year, the gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Proceeds from the event benefit the First Generation Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 to provide support for tuition, fees, and course materials for students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university. The fund has since raised over $4 million.

This year, the University will honor three alumni at the gala. The President’s Award, bestowed annually to those whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University, will go to Harry and the late Beverly Hiscox.

The Chairperson’s Award, presented to individuals who have made a positive impact upon their profession or community and in the spirit of the mission of Wilkes University, will go to Anthony (Tony) DaRe.

Harry ’51 and Beverly ’58 Hiscox

Harry and the late Beverly Hiscox have been part of the Wilkes University community since the 1950’s when he studied economics and she was in the education department. Harry Hiscox went on to graduate from NYU School of Law in 1953 and has practiced law for 70 years and counting. He is a founding partner of the Hiscox & Musto Law Firm.

photo of harry and beverly hiscox

Beverly Hiscox, affectionately known as “Bev,” served for years as a trustee of Wilkes University, eventually becoming trustee emerita. She cultivated rewarding friendships with many members of the faculty, administration and other alumni of Wilkes. Devoted fans and supporters of Wilkes athletics, the couple attended many games over the years, with a special fondness for basketball.

Beverly Hiscox served as president of the Wilkes University Alumni Association and was a longtime member of the advisory council for the University’s creative writing program. Ardent supporters of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, the couple established the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship, awarded annually to a non-traditional student who is returning to school while supporting a family.

Over the years, the Hiscox family has actively supported many organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania. With a refined taste in music, Beverly Hiscox was a volunteer with the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic since its inception in 1972, serving on the board and holding the office of president. She was also a 20-year volunteer with the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the board of the Wilkes-Barre YWCA.

Anthony (Tony) DaRe ’00

Anthony (Tony) DaRe graduated from Wilkes University in 2000 with a degree in business administration. He is the founder and CEO of BSI Corporate Benefits (BSI), a fiercely independent national employee benefits consulting firm with client groups ranging in size from 50-20,000 employees.

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BSI is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with additional offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Detroit, Michigan. DaRe has successfully established BSI as one of the top employee benefits consulting firms in the country, receiving awards and accolades such as Best Benefits Consulting Firm, Fastest Growing, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work and Who’s Who in Employee Benefits. BSI’s achievements and continued growth are testaments to DaRe’s commitment and ability to continuously deliver on promises made to his clients and his team.

DaRe has a longstanding history of community leadership and philanthropy. As a dedicated community leader, he actively leads local councils, boards and government and health committees, serving as an expert employee benefits consultant and volunteer. In 2020, DaRe was named the Lehigh Valley Community Service Person of the Year and was honored as one of the 20 Power Players in the Lehigh Valley for helping to shape the community and influence the quality of life throughout the region.

For the past four years, DaRe has been recognized as a Power 100 for his continuous role in helping shape the community throughout the region. In 2023, DaRe was identified as a Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year finalist based on his demonstration of bringing long-term value through his entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus and KidsPeace

Foundation. In addition, DaRe and his wife, Adrienne, serve as the campaign co-chairs for the United Way of Lehigh Valley.

In 2022, the couple pledged $1 million to St. Luke’s University Health Network to help fund the construction of the Women and Babies Tower at St. Luke’s Allentown campus and establish a scholarship endowment for students at Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School.

DaRe is a long-time supporter of Wilkes athletics and the First Generation Scholarship Fund. BSI has been the tournament sponsor for the Ralston Memorial Golf Tournament since its inception in 2018. As a former Colonels linebacker, DaRe took special pride in leading the charge to raise funds for a new football locker room.

Tony and Adrienne DaRe live with their three children in Easton, Pennsylvania.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or attending the Founders Gala, visit wilkes.edu/foundersgala or call 570-408-4724.

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