The annual Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner took take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens. Shining bright, the ICHS community joined together to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction honorees and to celebrate the true sisterhood of ICHS. The gala benefits academic excellence and student tuition support.
The focus of the evening was to honor and showcase outstanding individuals for their unyielding commitment to ICHS including Hall of Fame recipients; Dr. Melissa Alvarez ‘06, Joann De Peri Beatrice '79, Sister M. Ramona Borkowski, C.S.S.F., Nicholas & Fannie DiDomenico '68, Ben DiNallo Jr., Diane Laurita, Gregory Liosi, Davida Gotha Ostrander '00, Sister Rose Marie Smiglewski, C.S.S.F., and Gina Camerano Zegler '88. In addition, the Alumane Association honored exceptional alumnae with the Women of Distinction award including Maryann E. Ciesla ’68 (posthumously), Denise Poulos King ’89, Jenna Calvitti Ross ’02, and Margaret Calvitti Yanez ’00.
“The award recipients are history makers, dreamers, and believers in the mission and core values of ICHS.” shared Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal. As master of ceremonies, Mr. Azzolino kept the audience captivated and entertained throughout the evening. From heartfelt speeches to tears and laughter; it was a truly extraordinary night.
The evening also featured “Shooting Star” awards. The Shooting Star Award was created to spotlight current ICHS students for their amazing energy, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to the Felician Core Values. The students who received the award were Seniors, Gabriella Cano, Maria Elisa Escobar, and Renee King; Juniors, Abigail Matejko-Lima and Meaghan Reck; and Sophomores, Danielle Sancilio and Alanna Wunsch. As a special surprise, the night’s highest honor, The Centennial Award, was presented to Sister M. Virginia Tomasiak, CSSF, past ICHS principal and dear friend of the school. With an impressive turn-out of over 230 guests and community support from the following sponsors: Felician School for Exceptional Children, Felician Sisters of North America, Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., Bergen Catholic High School, Lisa C. Buono ’75, Wanda Huderski ’67, Felician Services, Inc., Sanzari Companies, Inc., and Suzanne Weir; the evening ended with a closing prayer by campus minister, Sister Alexander Marie Siegel, CSSF.
“So many people have put heart and soul into ICHS and to honor them as well as our Felician Sisters was just magical. It is heartwarming to know that there are so many kind souls in the world. ICHS is truly blessed and we are already looking forward to next year’s gala celebration”, Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal.