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-The Blue and White Gala-
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HIGH SCHOOL
"Weekend in Nantucket"
Silent Auction bidding
Sunday, April 30, 2023, to Friday, May 5, 2023
The Main Event
Friday, May 5, 2023
-The Finnegan Family-
Mary '70, John '73, Raymond '74, Lucille '76, and James '76
-The Malkinski Family-
Michael '73, Katherine '74, Andrew '76, Thomas '78, Edward '82, Steven '85, and Brian McCrone '98
-The 50th Anniversary Class of 1973-
Live Auction - Silent Auction
Distinguished Young Alumni Wall of Wine
Restaurant Row - 50/50 Raffle
16 Eagle Rock Avenue
7:00 pm Cocktails and Preview
8:00 pm Dinner and Program
10:30 pm Dancing Music by: "The Finish Band"
THE IMPACT AWARD
...bestowed annually at The Blue and White Gala, acknowledging "One who truly supports the mission of Immaculate Conception High School, gives selflessly of his/her time and talents, demonstrates the quality of compassion, and recognizes that every student deserves to realize his/her dreams of high school, college, and a successful future."
-The Finnegan Family-
Mary '70, John '73, Ray '74, Lucille '76 and Jim '76
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 "2021 Outdoor Coach of the Year" in Track, "2023 Essex County Indoor Coach of the Year," and "Essex County Coach of the Decade" ('90s.) His other awards are NJ Milesplit 2023 NJ Team of the Year-Seton Hall Prep, and NJ Milesplit-Coach of the Year 2023.
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. They honeymooned in Ireland. They have three children: Nolan, Jacqueline, and Bryan, and reside in Caldwell with their three dogs, Cujo, Kobe, and Bo. Ann and John enjoy the shore, auctions, visits to Sussex County, long drives, car shows, and concerts.
ICHS (17 years) 115-62-2, 5 Conference titles, 2 State Championships
Seton Hall Prep (12 years) 84-40, 4 Conference titles
Track 17 State titles, 14 Conference titles, and 12 Essex County Championships
Ray '74 and Lucille (Giammella) Finnegan '76 Ray was born in 1956, the son of Peter & Veronica Finnegan. His dad was born in County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1910, and immigrated to the United States in 1928. He grew up in Caldwell and attended St. Aloysius School. As a boy Ray learned the ethic of hard work from his six brothers and parents. During the grammar school years he completed odd jobs for neighbors and others, worked at the Grover Cleveland birthplace, and was a paperboy, following in the footsteps of his older brothers. He and his dad spent nights and weekends building a wood and canvas canoe. After completion, they gained a permit from Essex County to launch and use the lake at Verona Park with his brother Jim. Ray was also a boy scout, with his brother Joseph as scoutmaster.
Ray attended Immaculate and played football and baseball, and ran track. He attended Seton Hall University for a short period before his work life began. He traveled two summers with Father Francis Burla to several western states. Fr. B / Fr. Frank became a great family friend and married and baptized many of the family.
Ray married his wife, Lucille (Giammella) '76, in 1979. They initially lived in Brick, NJ, but relocated to Dublin, Ohio in 1995. They raised four children, who attended St. Brendan School in Hilliard, Ohio and St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, where they are still parishioners today and Ray is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Lucille is a graduate of both Immaculate Conception Grammar School AND High School, where she was a cheerleader for four years. After graduation she attended cosmetology school and has been a stylist for her entire career. Her volunteer activities include preparing meals at the Memorial Tournament in Muirfield Village (donating her compensation to Nationwide Children's Hospital), and being team manager and videographer for all of the teams in which her children were involved. She has operated many salons in Columbus-area retirement communities and currently operates Darby Glen in Hilliard and New Albany Rehabilitation Center in New Albany. Lucille is committed to rescuing abandoned dogs, most of whom she has fostered and adopted as part of the family!
Ray's career has included Territory Manager at Therma-Tru Doors, Territory, Regional & National Sales Manager of The Shield Family CO's ( Peachtree Doors & Windows, Weather Shield, Vetter, Visions, Crestline), and National Account Executive at GridPoint, Inc. He can proudly say he has donated over four gallons of blood and is working on number five!
Ray has maintained his love for sports by coaching youth baseball, hockey and lacrosse, and has served on the Capital Amatuer Hockey Association Board for five years, two years as President. During his term as President he received licensing from the National Hockey League to have teams skate as the CAHA Capitals, consisting of 18 house teams, and CAHA Columbus Blue Jackets consisting of 9 travel teams. In his spare time he enjoys sailing and golf (admittedly a much better sailor!) and has volunteered at the Memorial Tournament and President's Cup at Muirfield Village in Dublin.
Ray and Lucille appreciate the love and support of all of Finnegan siblings throughout the years, especially during the rebuilding of their home following Hurricane Sandy. They are proud of their family dedication to Special Olympics, and look forward to all future summers in Lavalette, NJ.
"With FAMILY all things are possible."
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 restaurants 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 six years.
Jim married the late Linda Smith (they met at Montclair State University) in 1987. Each of heir children was born in conjunction with a change in Jim's responsibilities at Growth: Nicole (33), with the opening of Willie's Taverne in Bedminster; Shannon (31) with the opening of Readington Roadhouse in Readington Township, Kathleen (29) when Jim took
over Growth Catering (Off-Premise Catering Division) in Millington, Victoria (27) with the opening of the Thirsty Turtle in Bernardsville, and James Jr (25) with 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 is also Pop Pop to two grandsons, Bennett, 2 and Connor, 3
Jim has been an active volunteer in his community. He coached grammar school basketball 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 was also Chairman of the Renaissance Project, raising over $50,000 to renovate the school's "Cafegymatorium" (multi-use area) and developed a new school sports mascot logo for the Marketing Committee. In 2005 he 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 and to humanity," "love one another," "family first," "values/faith," and, of course, "sense of humor/Irish Blarney," are synonymous with each of them!
Recognizing your extraordinary commitment to Immaculate, to your communities, to humanitarian efforts, and to "all things faith and family," we proudly present you with
"The 2023 Impact Award."
Sláinte to all the Finnegans!
THE "HEART OF A LION" AWARD
...presented annually at the Blue and White Gala to a member of the Immaculate family who "exemplifies the values set forth by the founding Sisters of Charity and who has achieved a lifetime of distinguished service and unmitigated spirit...one who truly possesses the "Heart of a Lion."
The Malkinskis - An IC Family!
Michael '73, Katherine '74, Andrew '76, Thomas '78, Edward '82, Steven '85, and Brian McCrone '98
Ann and Andrew Malkinski lovingly welcomed seven children (in true Irish/Polish tradition!) and settled in the Downtown section of East Orange. The children attended Holy Name of Jesus grammar school which was a well-known feeder school for Immaculate Conception!
The Malkinski/Immaculate connection began in 1969 when Father Frank Burla "recruited" Michael to help restart the football program. That connection continued years later with Father Burla marrying each of the Malkinski children. "Mrs. Mal" attended Our Lady of the Valley but converted from a Valley Knight to an IC Lion. She became legendary by ringing her cowbell at various sporting events while annoying our opponents and embarrassing her children at the same time! She also worked as a part-time secretary at IC ensuring that Edward and Steven stayed out of trouble.
"Mr. Mal" was a proud Navy man and World War II vet as well as a hardworking East Orange Fire Captain who made sure his voice was heard at IC games.
In addition to the PRDE the Malkinski family has for their Immaculate Conception relationship, they are extremely proud of the Eddie Mal Association, The family started the organization after losing brother Edward to cancer at the age of 33 in 1996. The Eddie Mal Association is a non-profit charitable organization. The family's goal is to continue "Eggy's" goodwill and free spirit by benefiting others through various gifts of charity. The organization has raised over $250,000 for friends and families in need.
Michael '73 After playing three sports and helping resurrect the IC football program, Mike went on to play at Seton Hall University and Montclair State, where he received his BS in Marketing. While working for AT&T, Mike met the love of his life, Kathleen. After honeymooning in Ireland, they quickly started their family, welcoming Norah, Christine, and Kelly. Mike returned to IC in 1980 to coach his brothers, Edward and Steven, in football where he continued to coach for almost 40 years. After 40 years with AT&T, Mike retired from corporate life, however, retirement didn't last long. The Immaculate community decided it was the right time to leverage his business experience and dedication to IC, electing him as its third President. After close to two years in that role, Mike shifted to the Business Manager role and now continues to regularly "consult" at IC. Mike is active with his church and community activities. He and Kathy enjoy traveling, summertime in Lavalette, and entertaining family and friends at their home in East Hanover.
Katherine '74 After graduating from ICHS, Kathy went to work at Gibraltar Savings and Loan in Vailsburg. This may sound silly, but the love of her life, Michael, walked into the bank one day! They were married at Immaculate Conception Church by Father Burla. Their three children, Brian, Laura, and Marianne, were baptized there as well. Kathy was elected to the IC Hall of Fame in 2016. Her bowling skills and cheerleading are still a topic of discussion among her brothers! Currently Kathy and Michael spend their retired life shuffling between the Jersey shore and North Jersey where they enjoy their grandchildren, Aiden and Bryce. Kathy is grateful and blessed to have a life filled with faith, family, and friends. "No one is a failure who has friends." (It's a Wonderful Life)
Andrew '76 BEST CLASS EVER (per Andrew...)
Andrew attended Rutgers University and Montclair State after leaving IC. He joined the Bloomfield Fire Department in 1979 and retired as a Captain after 30 years of service. While on the fire department, he joined the Montclair Rugby Club and eventually played with his four brothers. Andrew met and married a most wonderful and understanding woman, the lovely Donna DenBraven of Nutley, NJ. They had two children, Andrew E. and Elizabeth (Lizzy.) Since retiring, Andrew has played a lot of golf (three holes in one...) and travels with Donna and friends.
Thomas '78 "T Mal" worked for Prudential before following his family's legacy and joining the Bloomfield Fire
Department. He retired after 30 years of service as Deputy Chief. He continues his desire for firefighting by working at the Morris County Fire Academy. During his time at the Pru, Tom met a fellow named Mark Keown who convinced Tom to join his rugby team. That triggered the five Mal boys to eventually join the Montclair Rugby Club as well. The Malkinskis made an indelible mark on the club as well as their bodies! Tom has been honored as the 2015 Deputy Grand Marshall of the West Orange Saint Patrick's Parade, the 2016 Essex County Emerald Firefighter of the Year, and the 2022 Shillelagh Man of the Year. Thomas resides in Parsippany with his lovely wife of 33 years, Kathleen. They have two children, Thomas Patrick ("T Pat") and Molly.
Edward '82 Edward was a four-year mainstay on the IC football team. He was continuously involved in IC school activities like the school play ("Anything Goes") and there were a few social events at the family home and elsewhere. His obsession with the Grateful Dead led him to traveling across the country. After graduation, "Eggy" followed his dream and joined the U.S. Navy where he traveled the world. After his Honorable Discharge, he continued his life of service by becoming a Newark firefighter. Edward was a free spirit who spent his life bringing joy and laughter (funniest Malkinski?) to everyone he knew and loved. After he passed away in 1996, used his spirit to form the Eddie Mal Association which has supported many firefighter families and friends throughout the years.
Steven '85 Steven followed his five siblings to IC - he didn't have much of a choice! He played football and baseball at a high level. "Pitt" attended Lincoln Tech following graduation which led to a career as a union sprinkler fitter. Like his brothers before him, Steven then joined the Bloomfield Fire Department. He also followed his best friend (and brother), Edward, in his love for the Grateful Dead. He was very involved in establishing the Eddie Mal Association. Steven married Lisa at Immaculate Conception and they were blessed with Alicia, Mackenzie, Daniel, and Morgan. We lost Steven in 2019 and he is dearly missed as he was a wonderful son, brother, husband, and father, loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Brian '98 Brian McCrone is a second-generation Lion, following in the footsteps of his mother, Katherine Malkinski. McCrone, and five uncles. His father, Michael McCrone, went to Essex Catholic (we won't hold that against him...) During his four years at IC, he was captain of the cross country and baseball teams and lettered in four sports (cross country for three years, baseball for three years, basketball for three years, and football for one year - his senior year when his uncle Michael coached him! ) Brian is still sorry about leaving cross country and his coach, Mr. Dyer. Brian was named Student-Athlete of the Year and the baseball team's MVP as a senior. Brian graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2002 and spent 20 years as a journalist, including stints at the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC. In 2022, he joined Westinghouse Electric Co., a nuclear energy company, as an external communications manager. He currently resides in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife Heather. He is in a book club that includes JoAnn Degnan, his favorite teacher at Immaculate, who taught him English and Creative Writing, and James Lauterhahn '89, Brian's great friend and mentor.
The Malkinski family is large in number, but even larger in "heart." Having contributed three generations of love, grace, and service to ICHS, they have enabled our little gem on Cottage Place to shine! Michael, in particular, provided key stewardship during his tenure as our President when faced with the overwhelming challenges of the Covid years. Their leadership and dedication to others is not only demonstrated at Immaculate, but also with their establishment of the Eddie Mal Association.
With loving appreciation for lives well-lived, this evening we are delighted to acknowledge you with...
"The Heart of the Lion" Award
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
The Immaculate family salutes
-THE 50th ANNIVERSARY-
CLASS of 1973
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This evening may you
take the time to reminisce,
take pride in the knowledge that you were and are a part of something special,
take notice of our Young Lions and their dreams for the future.
"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere!"
Immaculate proudly presents...
Lucas Hunt, Auctioneer
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Bidding begins Sunday, April 30, 2023, and ends on Friday, May 5, 2023 (time TBA)
REGISTER above. BID by phone.
You will receive a text if another guest outbids you. Then it's YOUR TURN.
Winning bidders will receive their items at the Blue and White Gala, if in attendance.
"Remote" winners must pick up their items May 8 - 12, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, or by appointment,
at the Lions' Den, 18 Cottage Place, Montclair.
973-744-7445, Ext. 26
-Silent Auction Categories-
(inspired by Nantucket)
(for the home)
(for the wee ones)
-Join the Immaculate Family in Saluting our Sponsors-
"Blue Hydrangea" Sponsor
In Honor of the Class of 1976
"For all that was, and all that continues to be..."
Joseph Norton '85/Norton Travel Network
Investors Foundation, Inc.
"Bluff Walk" Sponsor
The Finnegan Family
"Whale Watch" Sponsor
The Brogan Family
The Gertrude Triggs Scholarship Fund
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Patricia and Kevin Cummings
The Pierson Family Foundation
Stetz, Belgiovine, Manwarren, and Wallis, P.C.
Mara Codey, Trustee, and Wilfrido DelSalto
"Climbing Roses" Sponsor
Susan Forber '65
William C. '57 and Jill Slattery
Jeanne Smith, Trustee
"Harbor Cruise" Sponsor
Anne D. Kunzman '56
Adriana '69, Trustee and Mark Mazza
Patrick O'Brien '78
"Weathered Cottage" Sponsor
Sharon and Bobby Bainbridge
Anita Coiley '54
Kevin Dougherty '78
Phyllis Fasone, Trustee
Eileen Cummins Lott and James L. Lott, Jr. '80
Michael Cianciotto Plumbing & Heating
Assemblyman Tom Giblin/Friends of Brian Boru, Inc.
Arthur N. Martin, Esq., Trustee
NW Financial Group, LLC
Travis J. O'Brien
Kathleen and Edward '61 O'Dowd
Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Maryjane '70 and William C. Reilly
Salomone Redi-Mix, LLC
Seton Hall Prep
ZogSports NJ LLC
Maureen O'Mara Keenan '73
"In recognition of the 50th anniversary of my graduation from ICHS (class of '73). Thank you for continuing to provide students with a wonderful education. I am proud to be an alumnus."
"Lobster Trap" Sponsor
Timothy Bishop, Iconic Equities
The Brunetti Foundation
Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody, & Agnello P.C.
Country Club Services, Inc.
Governor Richard J. Codey
Sal Freda '78: "Congratulations to all the honorees!"
The Grube Family
Irish American Society of the Oranges: "Congratulations to the Malkinski family! We are proud to support such well-deserving members with this honor. Slainte!"
The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute
William Lipkus '82
MCM Mechanical Corp.
McCormack Plumbing and Heating
NJM Insurance Group
MaryKate Noonan '75
Peapack - Private Wealth Management
Colleen Powers '74
Caridad Rigo-Beard '69
Ellen and Michael Schum
Shotmeyer Brothers/Charles P. Shotmeyer
Jeanne Smith, Trustee
Larry Stetz '82
Kevin Williams '85
Catherine and Robert Zimmermann
Joseph Kiernan '83
"Island Breeze" Sponsor
Airwick Professional Products/Anthony La Motta
E-tomic General Contracting
Fanwood Crushed Stone Co./Weldon Materials
Flynn O'Hara Uniforms
Jean Pascuiti '66
Jane Ellen Regan, Esq.
The Rosemaureen Williams Family
"Picket Fence" Sponsor
Dennis Daniel Barrett
Wellington Brown '61
Budget Print Center
Caggiano Memorial Home
Knights of Columbus, Montclair Council No. 1277
Kathy Larsson '71
The McCue-Shaffer Family
Michael Mc Mahon
Christopher O'Brien '79
Yvette Palmer '67
Pomptonian Food Service
Judy Sweeney Thanhauser '77
Frank T. Van Morrelgem
"Sand Dune" Sponsor a Teacher or Religious
Catholic Cemeteries/Archdiocese of Newark
Frank DeLorenzo '74
Robert Deso '61
Mary Haack '58
Robert Kaslander/Kaslander Lumber
Joseph Lennon '64 (two teachers)
MAP International Import and Export Corp.
Montclair Tree/Landscape Experts/C.J. Miller (two teachers)
Patricia Nolan '69
O'Boyle Funeral Home
Judy Schmidt '69
Msgr. Timothy J. Shugrue
Sky High Waterproofing Co.
Walter Bauman Jewelers, Inc.
"Oyster Shell" Sponsor
American Royal Hardware
Karen and James Boutillier
Kimberly Carrillo '06
Future Generation, Inc.
Nicholas Cannone, CPA
Raymond J. Finnerty DDS '61
Marilyn Fogarty '74
Lydia and Ben Ho
Karen and Paul Hugus, IMO James Pascuiti '64
Dan Koebel '83: "On to victory!"
Kyocera Document Solutions
Kathy and Bobby '58 Lamb: "Congratulations to the Malkinski and Finnegan Families for this well deserved recognition."
Napoli Trattoria and Pizzeria
Mirabel Nkenke '12
M. Ellen O'Rourke '58
Anita Rowe '77
Barbara Sheridan '70
Teresa Stevens '64
Peter Wojtal '73
Dr. Jean M. Kirk '62
Montclair Golden River
Mary Scott '66
Kareem Brown '02
Mary and Saverio Cereste
Joseph Fatatis '79
Madeline and Gerard Gallagher
Sharon Stephens Sutton
Immaculate Conception High School
gratefully acknowledges the generosity and spirit of those who have contributed to
"The Wall of Wine"
Kareem Brown '02
Kimberly Carrillo '06
Eryn Lewis '00
Mirabel Nkenke '12
Gary Stetz '80
-Thank you to our neighbors who generously partner with us in support of our Young Lions-
3 Sons Thai Kitchen - Roseland
Alstede Farms - Chester
Angeloni's Restaurant - Caldwell
Ani Ramen House - Montclair
Bareburger - Montclair
Bartlett's Greenhouses and Florist - Clifton
Bagel Box - West Orange
BlueMercury - Montclair
Budget Print Center - Bloomfield
Caldwell Nursery - Caldwell
Chevy's - Clifton
Chipotle - West Orange
Crunch Fitness - Verona
Danahers Irish Pub - Fairfield
Doin' Dishes - Montclair
Dolly Moo - Montclair
Ed's Antiques - Montclair
Fairchild's Market - Roseland
Faubourg Restaurant and Bar - Montclair
Fitzgerald's 1928 - Glen Ridge
Fleet Feet - Montclair
Fume' Cigar Lounge and Shop- Montclair
Fun Fore All - Cranberry Twp, PA
Golf Galaxy - East Hanover
Guerrierro Gelato - Montclair and Caldwell
The Highlawn - West Orange
Jack's Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar - Montclair
Jack's Store - Montclair
Just Jake's - Montclair
Laboratorio Kitchen - Montclair
Thank you to our neighbors, continued...
La Cucina Piccola - Roseland
La Pizza - Roseland
Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, PA
Marra's Deli and Restaurant - Roseland
Merit Fine Wines - Montclair
Montclair Golden River - Montclair
Montclair House Grill - Montclair
Napoli Trattoria and Pizzeria - Montclair
Playa Bowls - Montclair
Pleasantdale Nurseries - West Orange
Porta - Montclair
Samba - Montclair
Shannon Rose - Clifton
Soho Pizza and Grill - Montclair
Spuntino Wine Bar - Clifton
Total Wine & More - West Orange
Verona Yoga - Verona
A Note of Thanks...
...to the ICHS Board of Trustees
...for your undying commitment to the future of IC.
The Immaculate community is blessed by your generosity, faith, and vision,
and the success of the Blue and White Gala is proof of your dedication.
...to our Advancement Team - "The Den"
(Michael Seeback, Patrick Dyer, Andrea Adams, Mary Ann DiGiaimo, Brian McCloskey, and Elaine Balestro)
...for the endless hours that each of you put in to assure that the Gala, and IC in general, will be here to celebrate
our 100th birthday...and beyond!
It is an absolute pleasure to work with you EVERY DAY!
...to the Faculty and Support Staff of ICHS
...for your extraordinary dedication to the school we love! Your efforts to educate and mentor our Young Lions are remarkable. May they always look back on their years here and know that they were loved and supported.
And...thank you for your time and talents in orchestrating the Gala.
May our attendees raise their paddles HIGH for your Live Auction contribution!
A Message of Thanks, continued...
...to Patrick and Susan Dyer
You are the original Mr. and Miss Immaculate.
Immaculate and I are truly blessed by your dedication to our beloved IC.
But especially...thank you for the laughter.
...to Russ and Gery Gil
Thank you for lending your love, friendship, and enthusiasm in all that you do!
(especially...THE WALL OF WINE!)
...to Mary Ann and Chuck DiGiaimo
The Immaculate family was blessed the day you walked in the door.
Thank you both for your support, expertise, and sweet friendship.
...to our VOLUNTEERS
Chuck Di Giaimo, Jackie Dorman, Debbie Durning, Mary Plaia, Mary Jane Manfra, Anna Pence, Gery and Russ Gil,
Donna LaVitola, Ashley Bishop, Nick Bucce, Pat Rademaker, JoAnne DiAgostino, Tom Rosen, and Judy Thanhauser.
You are ALWAYS at the ready to "do what it takes"
Your time, creativity, and inspiration lend beauty and success to the Gala.
...to Mike Ramundo
...who is ALWAYS doing things behind the scenes to keep "all things" IC and our events in good order!
...to a couple of people who love to be anonymous
Simply - thank you xo
...to our Immaculate family
Without YOUR extraordinary support and love, the Blue and White Gala, and Immaculate Conception High School in general, simply would not still be that "little gem on Cottage Place." I am sure that the Sisters of Charity from 1925 look down on you with a smile, knowing that their vision endures, while we are proudly looking forward to celebrating that incredible milestone of a 100th birthday! Yes, God is good.
Remember...It's GALA season-
Recognize the value in our Young Lions...
Raise your paddles high and frequently because YOU ARE CHANGING LIVES.
Wishing you and your family continued health.
Nora Sweeney Bishop '76
Director of Events and Alumni Relations