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YOU are the "key" to the future of our young Lions.

No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

The Pride Gala

is now going


New Dates:

August 1 -6:  Silent Auction Bidding by PHONE

August 6:  The Big Event

Silent Auction concludes at midnight

Scholarship MOMENT - Donate by PHONE


-Sending prayers to the entire IC Family for the health and safety of you and yours-



Contact Nora Bishop:

The Pride Gala


the KEY to the future for the students of



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



"Queen Anne's Lace" - Our Premiere Gifts

"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-


$25,000 "Statuary" Sponsor

Kevin Cummings and InvestorsBank


$10,000 "Conservatory" Sponsor


"In Honor of all Young LIONS"

The Finnegan Family


$5,000 "Pergola" Sponsor

  Anonymous, restricted to auctioneer expenses

The Pierson Family Foundation

Lawrence '62 and Claire '62 Codey


$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

In Honor of Jim Pascuiti '64


"Koi Pond" Sponsor, Miscellaneous Gifts

Judy Thanhauser '77, $300

A.P. Murphy Group, $250

Eileen  (Hudson) Butler '48, $200

Jostens, $200

O'Boyle Funeral Home, $200

Pomptonian Food Service, $200

Triad Security Systems, $200

Msgr. Timothy J. Shugrue $150






-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

Bruce W. Reitz, Jr.

$100 "Topiary" Sponsor

Rita Fittin '40

June Brunner Mellott '50

Michael Dyer '70

David Edouard '90

Assemblyman Tom P. Giblin, Trustee

Msgr. Michael Kelly

Anne Nolan Martin '70

Rev. William Melillo '53

Robert McCullough '58

Cathy Penna

One Source Solutions

Villa Victoria Pizzeria



"Garden Bench" Sponsor, Miscellaneous Gifts

Montclair Golden River, $50

Ed's Antiques


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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....After graduation from Immaculate, Mary received her BA from Boston College and her MEd from the University of Maryland.  She taught Special Ed in a number of different settings and school systems before raising her 6 children became a full time job.  Mary and her husband, Steve, have been passionate supporters of all levels of Catholic education.  After their youngest child, Theresa, was born with Down syndrome and welcomed into the parish school her siblings attended, Mary focused on making that same experience a reality for other families with intellectual disabilities.  Through her work with the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, Mary works with schools and with families in the Archdioceses of Washington D.C. and Baltimore to successfully include students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, embracing the God-given gifts of every learner as they together reflect the Body of Christ.  In addition, Mary has served on the Archdiocese of Washington's CYO Board as well as the Board of St. Joseph's House and is presently a Trustee of the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington.





John '73...John attended St. Aloysius grade school in Caldwell, Immaculate Conception High School, Kean College, and received a BA from Montclair State and a MA from Caldwell College. He is the son of Peter and Veronica Finnegan and comes from a large family of 10, seven boys and three girls. (Pete, Pat, Kathie, Joe, Mary, Bob, John, Ray, Jim and Ronnie.) John bartended at the Torn Hat in West Orange for 15 years for IC alums Art and Carolyn Tierney. He began his career in education teaching Physical education at St. Thomas Moore in Fairfield and St. Valentine in Bloomfield. He began his coaching career in 1976 at Immaculate, coaching track and then freshman football at Essex Catholic in 1979. In 1986, ICHS hired John as Head Football Coach and Social Studies teacher. He later served as IC's Athletic Director for 15 years. In 2003 John's career was taken to Seton Hall Prep, as Head Football Coach and U.S. History teacher. He returned to coach at his alma mater in 2019, completing 30 years as a head coach. John has had a 38-year career in Catholic education.
The Star Ledger has named John Coach of the Year in Track, Essex County Coach of the Year, and Essex County Coach of the Decade ('90's). He is a member of the Immaculate Hall of Fame and the Essex County Coaches Hall of Fame. He has also been honored by the National Football Foundation, the Mercier Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
John is happily married to his wife Ann (Ciccotti) who comes from a family of eleven and honeymooned in Ireland. They have three children: Nolan, Jacqueline and Bryan. They reside in Caldwell with their three dogs, Cujo, Kobe, and Shadow. Ann and John enjoy the shore, auctions, visits to Sussex County, long drives, car shows, and concerts.
Coaching record:
ICHS (17 years) 115-62-2 5 Conference titles, 2 State Championships
Seton Hall Prep (12 years) 84-40 4 Conference titles
Track 15 State titles, 8 Conference titles, 6 Essex County Championships

Ray '74...

Jim '76...Jim is the President of Growth Restaurants LLC of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, operating The Famished Frog Restaurant, Legends Sports Bar and HOPS Craft Beer & Wine Bar in Morristown, and The Thirsty Turtle Restaurants in Florham Park and Cranford.
Jim grew up in Essex County - living in Caldwell and attending Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair. He is the ninth child in a family of ten siblings (seven boys and three girls). Jim learned his strong work ethic from his father while assisting his dad on projects around their Caldwell home and the family rental home in Lavallette, which is now a family vacation home that he shares with his siblings.
Jim began his hospitality career in 1976 as a waiter and maître d' for the Robin Hood Inn in Clifton. He then managed the Magic Pan in Paramus Park Mall in Paramus and Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack.
Jim joined Growth Restaurants in 1983 and became General Manager of The Office Restaurant in Montclair. While at The Office Jim was an assistant varsity football coach for Immaculate Conception High School for 6 years.
Jim married the late Linda Smith (they met at Montclair State University) in 1987. Each of their children was born in conjunction with a change in Jim's responsibilities at Growth. Nicole (30), with the opening of Willie's Taverne in Bedmister; Shannon (28) with the opening of Readington's Roadhouse in Readington Township; Kathleen (26) when Jim took over Growth Catering (Off Premise Catering Division) in Millington; Victoria (24) with the opening of the Thirsty Turtle in Bernardsville; and James Jr (22) the opening of The Famished Frog in Morristown They have been residents of the Stirling section of Long Hill Township for over 30 years.
Jim has been an active volunteer in his community. He volunteered as a grammar school basketball coach for four years and re-established the Girls High School CYO Basketball program after it was dormant for three years. At St Vincent de Paul school in Stirling he served as the Athletic Director and President of the Association of Students Activities. Jim also was Chairmen of the "Renaissance Project" raising over $50,000 to renovate the school's "cafegymatorium" (multi-use area) and developing a new school sports mascot logo for the Marketing Committee. In 2005 Jim received the Hospitality Good Scout Award from the Patriot's Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Restaurant Association; The Raritan Valley Community College Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program Advisory Board, Restaurants and Institutions Product Evaluation Panel; The New Jersey Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation, The Somerset Chamber of Commerce Board of Tourism, and The Business and Education Partnership of Somerset/Hunterdon Counties " Teacher in the Workplace" program.




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

Jack's Store, 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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