On Saturday, April 14, over 100 alumnae gathered at the Basque Cultural Center, some to celebrate their milestone reunions, and others to share in pride for their alma mater.
The day began with a lively social hour and a welcome from the ICA Cristo Rey President, Sister Diane Aruda, OP. Sister Diane shared the Mission and Vision of the Alumnae Association: “The foundress of our school, Mother Pia, believed in women’s education. 135 years later, we continue her Mission with joy and deep faith. ICA Cristo Rey’s enrollment continues to increase; 100% of our scholars are accepted into college, many who are first in their families to attend higher education. With their academic diploma, our students also take with them a professional work resume earned throughout their years of participation in the Corporate Work Study Program. We have much to be proud of and we look forward to the growth ahead of us.” Sister Diane also shared that we will launch our last appeal of the school year. We have received an anonymous gift of $100,000 from one of our alumnae, and we have $500,000 further to go to reach our fundraising goal. She asked all in attendance for help in making this appeal come to fruition as true partners in our mission.
Sister was thrilled to have Patty Cavagnaro’s (1960) husband Bob, son and daughter-in-law Robby & Pam, and granddaughters Daniela & Alexandra in attendance to announce the Patricia Cavagnaro Scholarship Fund in honor of Patty’s many years of faithful, loving service to ICA Cristo Rey. This scholarship will be given annually to a deserving student entering the tenth grade. The family and the Academy is looking to raise up to $100,000 for this endowed scholarship, which is currently at $36,900.
After lunch an inspirational video about Veronica Calderon ‘09 was shown to the guests. Women celebrating their 40-, 50-, 60-, 70-, and 75-year anniversaries were introduced and given certificates and medallions.
We were delighted to have Carmela Saitz Nilan ‘43 and Catherine Dunn, Ina Shea, and Hilda Solis ‘48 joining us.
Alumnae Association Manager Rhonda Hontalas welcomed all and thanked everyone who has embraced her in her new position at ICA Cristo Rey. Rhonda asked those present to share one of three things: their time, talent, or treasure. Rhonda also introduced current students who shared a “mini” Leadership Luncheon with our alumnae.
The program ended with a rousing rendition of the Alma Mater lead by Sister John Martin Fixa ’58. The day continued with most of the women staying to catch up with each other. It was a wonderful afternoon of memories and friendship!
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