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Over $1.8M Raised at Annual Reunion Weekend Celebration

New Rochelle, N.Y. (May 31, 2015) Iona College alumni and friends raised over $1.8M at the annual reunion weekend celebration May 13-14.
Graduating years ending in 6’s and 1’s were honored by over 500 alumni and friends who attended the two-day event. Weekend highlights included an Iona Forever presentation, Golden Gaels dinner celebrating the class of 1966, a barbecue and Reunion Mass. 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:  The Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement to  Vincent Beni, Ph.D., ’71, ’74MS and Matthew P. Byrne ’81, The Brother William B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College,  Linda M. Bruno ’76, ’79MSEd and Michael P. Hegarty ’66  The Brother Patrick B. Doyle Award for Distinguished Service to the Alumni Association, Claire Mungiguerra ’75, ’78MBA, The Brother John G. Driscoll Award for Humanitarian Service to Nesta Felix ’01; and, for the Brother Robert A. Durning Rising Star Award to Evita T. Robinson '06.

“We in the Iona community are so proud of the examples our alumni award recipients represent in their personal and professional lives. They are truly moving the world and reflect well on the mission of our beloved Iona College,” said Paul J. Sutera, senior vice president for Advancement & External Affairs.

This year 58 Jubilarians from the class of 1966 attended, the largest group for a reunion weekend. Overall class participation increased 39 percent from last year.

“We are extremely proud of our Class of 1966 Golden Jubilarians and the award recipients who are joining us this evening,” said Monica Judge ’70, president of the Iona College Alumni Association board of directors. “I would like to thank the Internal Affairs Committee of the Alumni Board for their diligent hard work in choosing the candidates that we are honoring tonight.”

Jean-Carlos Polonia ’17 gave remarks on behalf of the student body. “My Iona experiences have shaped the person I am today and the person I will be in the future,” said Polonia. “Everyone always says there is never a last day at Iona and all of you perfectly exemplify that. I hope to walk in your footsteps one day and sit in your very place as a Golden Gael.”

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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