Immaculata University Presents Alvina Long ’57, of Maryland, with Amethyst Award

Immaculata University selected Bethesda, Maryland resident Alvina DeLazzari Long ´57 as the recipient of the Amethyst Award for 2007. The Amethyst Award is presented at the annual Homecoming ceremony to an alumna/us in recognition of her/his outstanding contribution to or achievement in a church, community, or professional activity.
As a member of the Class of 1957, Alvina recently celebrated her 50th class reunion. She graduated from Immaculata with her Bachelor of Arts in History and continued her education earning a master´s degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland.
Expressing her support for Catholic principles, Alvina has been a long-time, dedicated volunteer for Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Maryland. All six of her children attended the parish school and Alvina volunteered for various activities throughout their school years including president of the Mother´s Club. Expanding outside the parish classroom, she was a member and served as vice president and president of Our Lady of Mercy Parish Council, and was also a member of the Social Concerns Committee for 25 years. She and her family initiated a parish ministry to the poor by organizing volunteers for a large soup kitchen in Washington, DC. In addition, Alvina´s tireless efforts produced the founding, six years ago, of the Mercy Health Clinic, a free primary and specialty health care for uninsured low-paid working adults. Alvina serves as its volunteer executive director. The Clinic has provided over 16,000 free patient visits and has recruited doctors, nurses, and office staff. Through local partnerships, Mercy Health Clinic now offers its patients free lab work and radiology services.
In addition to her work with the Mercy Health Clinic, Alvina is involved in several volunteer projects throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Because of her dedication to helping those less fortunate, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Best of Montgomery County Award, the Maryland Governors´ Volunteerism Award, and the Montgomery County Martin Luther King Award to mention a few.
Alvina and her husband Larry have six grown children.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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5.04.07

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