Sacred Heart Academy hosts “Under the Tuscan Sun” fund-raising event

Experience the tastes of Tuscany with hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, and Italian desserts at Sacred Heart Academy’s signature fund-raising event — The 2015 Live and Silent Auction — Under the Tuscan Sun on Saturday, March 28. “This year’s Auction promises a fun filled, wonderful, and exciting evening — a memorable event with a great theme, stunning staging, divine cuisine, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind, must-have items,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,’71″…The Auction is our signature event and chairs Jeff and Fran Pellegrino Granquist ‘80 and their committee are working tenaciously to make this a tremendous success. I am so grateful for their support of the Academy,” she added.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with complimentary wine and beer, appetizers, buffet dining, and silent auction followed by desserts and live auction with renowned and spirited guest auctioneer, Eric Hummel. This year’s special guest is Marc Garofalo, as master of ceremonies.

Jeff and Frances Pellegrino Granquist ‘80 of Wallingford, are spearheading “Under the Tuscan Sun” along with a committee comprised of more than 75 parents, alumnae, and friends of the Academy.

Kristin McMahon

Kristin McMahon

Members of this year’s Steering Committee include Gift Chairs Michael and Dana Ajello of North Haven, 2014 Chairs David and Kristen Falls of Hamden, Construction Co-chair Gilbert Earl of Hamden, Refreshments Chair Thomas Giglietti of Hamden, Program Chair Maureen Hayes of Old Wethersfield, Display Chair Alberta King of Hamden, Basket Chair Marianne Lawlor of Cheshire, Hands Up for Heart Chairs Rob and Kristin McMahon of Fairfield, Silent Gift Chair Lisa DeFrancesco Pyne ‘88 of Wallingford, Reservations Chair Karen Walsh Reidy ‘74 of Northford, Construction Co-chair Mario Ricozzi of Branford, Decorations Chair Lori Schommer of Cheshire, and Finance Chairs Carole Stackpole ‘67 of Wallingford and Susan Vitale of Naugatuck.

Rob McMahon

Rob McMahon

Fairfield residents Rob and Kristin McMahon are chairing the “Hands Up for Heart,” part of Sacred Heart’s Auction. With a simple hand in the air, guests donate to the Tuition Assistance Program, enabling young women in need of financial assistance the opportunity to attend the Academy.

“We would never have imagined in 1991 when we attended the first Sacred Heart Auction that 24 years later we would be this year’s chairs. It seems like only yesterday that Frances graduated and now this year our daughter, Maria, will graduate. Over the years, supporting the Academy has been easy for us…we believe the fine, well-rounded education is matched by no other area school. Like the fine wines of Tuscany, Sacred Heart only gets better with age. The administration and faculty stay true to the school’s motto – Excelsior – continuing to reach “ever higher,” encouraging the girls to be the best they can be and preparing them to support the world around them. Working with a wonderful committee, putting together magnificent items to bid on, stunning decorations, and a delicious menu has been so much fun. Please join us for what is certain to be a fabulous night Under the Tuscan Sun,” offered Jeff Granquist.

Up for bid this year is a Ten Day Escape to Sicily, a Week at Florida’s Marriott Grande Vista and  a Week in Aruba, Five Days in Vegas, a Vespa Scooter, sports tickets including Yankees, Red Sox, NY Giants and more, a Walking Tour of New Haven, a NYC Scavenger Hunt, golf packages, catered dinners, electronics and much, much more.

Adding to the festivities is the $10,000 Cash Raffle. Tickets, at $20 each, are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Academy at 203-287-8181, x372. To download a raffle ticket order form, visit sacredhearthamden.org/auction. The drawing will be held at 9:00 p.m. the night of the Auction and winner need not be present.

For additional information on the Auction, including the latest items available and menu, or to make your reservations for “Under the Tuscan Sun” visit www.sacredhearthamden.org/auction or contact Maryanne Pisani at 203-287-8181, x372 or [email protected] Tickets are $70 per person and tables of 10 are $700.

Sacred Heart Academy, an independent Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, successfully prepares young women in grades 9 – 12 for learning, service and achievement in a global society. Over 500 students hail from New Haven, Fairfield, Middlesex, New London and Hartford counties.

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