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Alumni Raise over $1.2M at Reunion Weekend

New Rochelle, NY (May 20, 2015) Iona College alumni and friends raised over $1.2M in celebration of Iona’s 75th anniversary at the annual reunion weekend May 15-16.
Graduating years ending in 5’s and 0’s were honored by over 500 alumni and friends who attended the two-day event. Weekend highlights included a Golden Gaels luncheon for alumni who graduated 50+ years ago, a presentation of the Iona Forever campaign, heritage-trail tours of campus, a barbecue and Reunion Mass.  Our Jubilarians, alumni celebrating their 50th reunion, participated in the procession of the Friday evening Baccalaureate Mass followed by the Jubilarian Dinner. The weekend concluded with the annual Reunion Gala at Beckwith Pointe on New Rochelle’s Sound Shore.
The Reunion Gala paid tribute to seven alumni for service and achievement: Bartley F. Livolsi ’70, ’74MBA and Stephen V. Reitano ’72, ’75MBA, The Brother William B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College, Monica L. Judge ’70, The Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association, Patrick Quinn, The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Humanitarian Service; and, for the Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement, Domenick Ciaccia ’80, Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA and Angela A. Pearson ’90, ’96MBA.
“We are so proud of our alumni award recipients for your professional accomplishments, commitment to service and humanitarianism,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs and emcee for the Gala. 
The Class of 1965 had the highest class participation and most money raised towards their reunion gift.  The Class of 1990, celebrating their 25th anniversary, were recognized with 25 year medals.  The Class of 1975 celebrated their 40th reunion with one of the largest groups in attendance. All gifts received through June 30, 2015 will count in the final Reunion totals for alumni in the 5’s and 0’s reunion classes.
“It is because of your generosity and participation that Iona is able to continue to grow and stay competitive in this ever changing landscape,” Claire Luppi Mungiguerra ’75, ’78MBA, president of the Iona College Alumni Association board of directors, told alumni and guests who gathered for Reunion.   
Some notable Reunion accomplishments from younger alumni included the Class of 2005, which doubled its donors from last year and achieved their Reunion fundraising goal.
Kayla Kosack ’17, vice president of the Student Government Association, gave remarks on behalf of the student body. “I look at all of you tonight and I see memories, traditions, love and success, you have paved the road for students like myself to have these opportunities.  And for that, I thank you, she said.”  “I promise you that I will attempt to continue that road to success and carry on the Iona tradition of fighting the good fight.”

About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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