APRIL 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angelic Evening Includes Tributes to Two AHA Alumnae

Demarest, NJ: Each spring, the Academy of the Holy Angels hosts Angelic Evening, the Academy’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event was held at the Edgewood Country Club, and included tributes to alumnae Patti McGovern Hill (AHA ’78) and Colleen Corbett Staff (AHA ’89), both of whom are residents of Oradell. Proceeds from the gala will support renovations to the school auditorium.

AHA President Melinda Hanlon congratulated the AHA Advancement Department for their extraordinary work on the March 22 gala.

She also thanked AHA Athletic Director Patti Gorsuch for returning to her role as auctioneer.

“A big thank you to everyone here at AHA who helped as volunteers, donors, and a special thank you to all who were able to join us at the Edgewood,” President Hanlon added. “The new venue was spectacular and it was great to see so many of you there -- and on the dance floor too!

“Angelic Evening is our single largest fundraiser and we are all working together for a common goal to renovate our auditorium. I hope you know how very grateful I am for all your hard work and support of this event.”

During the celebration, Patti McGovern Hill received the Distinguished Alumna Award for her extraordinary fidelity and commitment to advance the mission of the Academy of the Holy Angels.

While she was an Angel, Hill was a member of the ski club and the basketball, softball, and track teams. In addition, she volunteered her time with AHA Athletic Association, and worked on the yearbook, school newspaper, and literary magazine.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross. She later served on the Holy Cross President’s Council and was a class agent.

Hill joined the AHA Board of Trustees in 2013, after having invested six years as president of the AHA Alumnae Association. Hill also served on the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. In 2006, she spearheaded the revival of the Mother Daughter Fashion Show tradition, and was event co-chair for seven years.

The honoree has been a member of the Regis High School Parents’ Club and co-chair of the RHS Auction Committee. She was also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Parents’ Club at Bergen Catholic High School.

In addition to her contributions to her children’s alma maters, Hill is also an active volunteer in her parish community. Her many contributions include service as school board president and as a member of the St. Joseph Church Finance Council in Oradell.
Hill and her husband Peter are the parents of Brian, Lindsay ‘08, Kevin, and Sheila ’13.

Honoree Colleen Corbett Staff was presented with the Legacy Award for her generous service to the Academy and commitment to the charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Staff is the daughter of Maureen Lewis Corbett (AHA ’65) and is the mother of two Angels (2017 and 2019). During Staff’s years at Holy Angels, she was involved with the ski club, the History Society, and the yearbook staff.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in finance, and later a Distinguished Alumna Award, from Salve Regina University. Staff began her career as an internal wholesaler in the mutual fund division and is currently a Realtor associate for Special Properties.

This active AHA alumna has spent three years as president of the Parents’ Athletic Association. She has served on the Angelic Evening Committee since 2013, and was event co-chair in 2016. Staff’s contributions to AHA include her work with the Mother Daughter Fashion Show Committee and the Alumnae Association Steering Committee.

Staff’s volunteer work includes seven years of membership on the board of Julia’s Butterfly Foundation, where she is now an honorary board member. She has also been involved with the Junior League of Bergen County.

Staff and her husband Michael are the parents of Katherine ’17, Caroline ’19, Thomas, and Jack.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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