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The Pride Gala


the KEY to the future for the students of



Friday evening, April 24, 2020

Mayfair Farms

West Orange


-The Finnegan Family-

Mary '70, John '73, Ray '74 and Jim '76

-Adriana Mazza '69-


-The 50th Anniversary Class of 1970-


Early Bird:  $125

After March 15:  $150


-Evening Program-

7:00 - 8:00 pm Cocktail Hour



"Southern Magnolia" - Adornments for the Home

"Primrose Lane" - Garden Elements

"Forget-Me-Not" - Dining/Social/Luxury Whatnots

"Baby's Breath" - Children's Sundries

"Sweet William" - Men's Tidbits

"Climbing Wisteria" - Sports Opportunities

"Blushing Peony" - Ladies' Accessories


8:00 pm - 12:00 am




DANCING to the music of "NO COVER BAND"




-Event Sponsorship Menu-

Click on "BUY TICKETS," above, to purchase a ticket OR to sponsor The Pride Gala

$25,000 "Statuary" Sponsor

(10 Dining resesrvations, Prominent event, website and program recognition, Announcements)

$10,000 "Conservatory" Sponsor

(10 Dining resesrvations, Prominent event, website and program recognition, Announcements)

$5,000 "Pergola" Sponsor

(6 Dining resesrvations, Prominent event, website and program recognition, Announcements)

$2,500 "Grotto" Sponsor

(2 Dining reservations, Event, website and program recognition, Announcements)

$1,000 "Garden Gate" Sponsor

(2 Dining reservations, Event, website and program recognition)

$500 "Arbor" Sponsor

Program and website recognition

$150 "Cobblestones" Sponsor a Teacher or Sister of Charity

(Program and website recognition)

$100 "Topiary" Sponsor

(Program and website recognition)


-Immaculate Conception High School Salutes Our Sponsors-


$10,000 "Conservatory" Sponsor


"In Honor of all Young LIONS"

The Finnegan Family


$5,000 "Pergola" Sponsor

  Anonymous, restricted to auctioneer expenses

Mr. James Pierson and J.W. Pierson Co.


$1,000 "Garden Gate" Sponsor

Phyllis Fasone, Trustee

Jeanne Smith, Chairwoman, Board of Trustees



$500 "Arbor" Sponsor

Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody, and Agnello, P.C.

Flynn O'Hara Uniforms

Mr. and Mrs. John Grube

McCormack Plumbing and Heating

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company


"Koi Pond" Sponsor, Miscellaneous Gifts

Judy Thanhauser '77, $300

A.P. Murphy Group, $250

Jostens, $200

O'Boyle Funeral Home, $200

Pomptonian Food Service, $200

Triad Security Systems, $200






-Immaculate Conception High School Salutes our Sponsors-


$150 "Cobblestones" Sponsor...a Teacher or Sister of Charity

Nora Sweeney Bishop '76, Trustee

Wellington Brown '61

Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Newark

Assemblyman Tom P. Giblin, Trustee

Frank Van Morrelgem

$100 "Topiary" Sponsor

June Brunner Mellott '50

Michael Dyer '70

Assemblyman Tom P. Giblin, Trustee

Msgr. Michael Kelly

Anne Nolan Martin '70

Rev. William Melillo '53

Robert McCullough '58

One Source Solutions

Villa Victoria Pizzeria



"Garden Bench" Sponsor, Miscellaneous Gifts

Montclair Golden River, $50


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-The Pride Gala Honorees:  The Finnegan Family-

Mary '70, John '73, Ray '74, and Jim '76



Finnegan Fam small

Above, left to right:  Ray, Jim, John, Kathie, Joe, Pat, Bob, Mary and Ronnie 



Mary Brogan '70....

John '73...

Ray '74...

Jim '76...



The Finnegan family holds a special place in the hearts of IC family members.  Their allegiance to Immaculate did not end with graduation and their dedication to each other is evident in all that they do.  Words and phrases like  "incredible generosity," "commitment to youth," "love one another," "family first," "values/faith," and, of course, "sense of humor/Irish Blarney" are synonymous with each of them! 

With grateful affection for your sincere dedication to Immaculate, to your communities and to "all things family", we proudly present you with

"The 2020 Impact Award."


Sláinte to all the Finnegans!






-The Pride Gala Honorees:  Adriana Mazza '69, Trustee-


Adriana was born in Newark, NJ, the youngest of 3 children of Ralph and Mary Bonavolonta. The family had been longtime residents of Newark; Mary was born there and Ralph settled there after immigrating from Italy. Both of her parents were extremely focused on education, especially Catholic education. 

Adriana entered 2nd grade at IC when the family relocated to Montclair.  She continued at the high school and graduated in 1969. She graduated from Seton Hall University in 1973 and earned an MBA in Human Resource Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She obtained a Paralegal Certification at NYU.

Adriana has held a variety of positions in the Human Resources field from Consultant through Vice President. She currently is a Sr. Level Manager at Ricoh Corporation Inc. in Parsippany. She has always been extremely active in her church, school and community activities and served as Chairperson for the Municipal Alliance Committee in her town for 8 years. She was nominated for the NJ Governor's Award for the work done with this committee.

Adriana has served on the Immaculate Conception Board of Trustees since 2012 and has been instrumental in securing grants for endeavors that have helped solidify the future of ICHS.  She has kept IC on the radar at Ricoh for significant donations of office equipment and much-needed furniture.  Shall we also mention the TRUCKLOADS of paper?

Adriana credits her love for volunteering and belief in giving back to the ideals instilled in her by her parents and wonderful teachers she had at Immaculate. 

Adriana, your selfless commitment of time and talent to your church, your community and most certainly to your alma mater does not go unnoticed!  Your tenure on the Board has been marked by strong dedication and valuable advice.  Because we consider you an integral part of providing future Lions with the opportunity to attend the "little school on Cottage Place," we proudly bestow on you

"The 2020 Heart of a Lion Award!"

-The Pride Gala Honorees:  The 50th Anniversary Class of 1970-


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The Pride Gala is thrilled to celebrate this evening with the Class of 1970, on the occasion of their 50th reunion!
We are blessed to count you in our IC family and wish you a weekend filled with thoughtful reminiscing,
engaging laughter, a few sweet tears, and the hopeful chance for new memories.
Thank you for your steadfast belief in Immaculate and your loving support of our future.


"...and where'er he met a stranger, there he left a friend."

-J.R. Lowell, taken from the 1970 Immaculata, yearbook





-Meet Our 2020 Pride Gala Auctioneer-






Pat Tully

Pat Tully has been a professional live auctioneer since 2001 and during that time he has worked with 100's of charities and organizations raising them millions of dollars. Pat has been the Auctioneer for many celebrities and athletes including Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund, Russell Simmons Diamond Empowerment Fund, The Shaun O'Hara Foundation as well as major sports teams including: 

-The New York Giants

-The US Ski Team.  



Click here view PAT TULLY in action!



-Thank You to our "Restaurant Row" Donors-

Angeloni's, Caldwell

Bare Burger, Montclair

Bella Gente, Verona

Casa Piquin, Montclair

Gelati by Mike, Montclair

mishmish, Montclair

Montclair House Grill, Montclair

Palazzo, Montclair

Playa Bowls, Montclair

Rezza, Roseland

Salute', Montclair

Samba, Montclair

Thatcher McGhee's Irish Pub & Eatery, Fairfield & Denville

Villalobos, Montclair

-Thank You to our "Wall of Wine" Donors-

 Phyllis Fasone, Trustee

Adriana Mazza '69, Trustee

Bruce Reitz, Trustee

-The Pride Gala Committee-

                                                                    Richard Beard                                                                      

Nora Sweeney Bishop '76

Patrick Dyer '68

Susan Dyer

Jacqueline Gallagher Dorman '80

Debbie Bonanno Durning '73

Phyllis Fasone

Assemblyman Tom P. Giblin

Gery Lomaestro Gil '71

Alexa Hart '15

Celia Triggs Honohan '74

Bobby Lamb '58

Kathy Lamb

James L. Lott, Jr. '80

Michael Malkinski '73

Adriana Mazza '69

Michele Neves

Jean Merrill Pascuiti '66

Anna Capaccio Pence '76

Doreen Pennington

Mary Bonanno Plaia '71

Jacki Powers '73

Mary Jane Williams Reilly '70

Hon. Caridad Rigo '69

Teresa Salierno '76

Jeanne Smith

Hugh Sweeney '78

Judy Sweeney Thanhauser '77




Mayfair Farms
481 Eagle Rock Avenue
West Orange, New Jersey



 Originally a private residence, this lovely event space has been family-owned and operated for over 70 years. The historic architecture, traditional decor and expansive gardens lend a touch of class to any affair.

Mayfair Farms is playing host to the Pride Gala for the SEVENTH year in a row. Their delicious menu, attention to every detail and gracious hospitality make it the perfect choice for this major Immaculate fundraiser.



IMMACULATA, we are proud of you -

Your colors WHITE for pure, 

and BLUE for true.

Immaculata, we all love you.

We love the colors of your flag -

the WHITE and BLUE.

We hold our heads high and our ideals, too,

in faith and honor, glory, all for you!

Immaculata, we are proud of you,

proud of you,


Hosted By

Immaculate Conception High School


Mayfair Farms, Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ, USA

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