One ORTist's Legacy Continues to Grow
Marion G. Wingens had a special relationship with ORT that lasted throughout her lifetime.
She was the daughter of German-Jewish Holocaust survivors, a mother of two children, a friend to many and a prominent member of New York’s financial community (Executive VP at HSBC Bank USA, NA). Marion was also a founder, past president and devoted member of ORT America’s Accountants & Bankers Chapter for two decades. She was an ardent and passionate supporter of ORT’s worldwide education and training programs, witnessing first-hand what an ORT education could accomplish, as her uncle was trained by ORT and went on to have a very successful career.
Through chapter initiatives, her tireless efforts played a strong role in helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for programs that lead to gainful employment, financial independence and personal dignity for hundreds of students.
Sadly, Marion passed away on October 7, 2010, yet her longtime service and spirited advocacy live on. In the true form of building opportunities for success, New York’s financial community joined with ORT America’s Accountants & Bankers Chapter to raise $200,000 and establish the Marion G. Wingens Scholarship Fund. With a guaranteed annual award of $10,000, this fund will provide financial support for years to come to deserving Bramson ORT College students, giving them the chance to work towards a better life.
“What better way to recognize my friend and colleague than to contribute to an organization that is founded on principles Marion fervently believed in,” said Diane D’Erasmo, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank USA, N.A. “She had a strong work ethic and believed people need to be trained and educated in order to become successful members of our society. It is a testament to Marion, and the generosity of her colleagues, that we are able to make this very special tribute in her memory.”