Mary Ann Ziembo to receive Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award at Fort Wayne Tapestry

A woman visits one of the vendors at a past Tapestry: A Day for You at Memorial Coliseum. ( file photo)

Retired banking executive Mary Ann Ziembo has been named the 2018 Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award honoree and will be honored on April 27 at Tapestry: A Day for You

Tapestry is sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Parkview Health.

Ziembo started her career in banking as a teller at People’s Trust Bank in 1976 and recently retired as senior vice president of private banking at PNC. During that time she had three sons with her husband, Mike, and took classes at night to earn a bachelor’s degree in general studies from IPFW in 1998.

She has been a board member for many nonprofit organizations, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and art museum, helping with fundraising and money management. Currently, she serves on boards at Erin’s House and Francine’s Friends, and on the distribution committee for the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation.

The Dedication Award is named for Ruffolo, who joined IPFW in November 1995 as director of development and served as the executive director of development until her retirement in June 2014. She was an advocate for the city of Fort Wayne and volunteered with many organizations before her death in March 2015.

Registration for Tapestry: A Day for You begins Feb. 23 and will be available at The keynote speaker will be Jane Seymour, who starred in “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” and is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, humanitarian, author, artist, entrepreneur, and a mother and grandmother.

Over the last 16 years, Tapestry has raised nearly $900,000 in scholarship funds and awarded scholarships to 78 students. The event also includes breakfast and lunch, various breakout sessions and over 100 artist and exhibitor booths.