APRIL 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angelic Evening Proceeds to Outfit Kelleher Hall Classrooms


Demarest, NJ: The Angelic Evening fundraiser has been an Academy of the Holy Angels tradition for two decades. Held at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, this year’s event was particularly notable, as all proceeds will outfit Kelleher Hall, the former AHA convent that will soon include up-to-the-minute labs, art studios, and classrooms, and an archive for materials relating to AHA’s sponsors, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. 

“On Friday, March 31st, we celebrated our 20th annual Angelic Evening, as a sellout crowd of our friends and supporters joined in support of our school,” AHA President Melinda Hanlon stated. “Against a sparkling New York skyline, we enjoyed a lovely evening in a new venue. Many thanks to all our parent volunteers, Angel volunteers, faculty, and staff who helped make this event such a success. All the funds raised will contribute to new equipment and furnishings for the classrooms in Kelleher Hall.”

Commenting on the venue, President Hanlon said, “We have returned to our roots here at this beautiful location overlooking the very Palisades that Sister Nonna Dunphy climbed almost 140 years ago when she founded the Academy of the Holy Angels in Fort Lee in 1879. Today we have embarked on an exciting chapter in our school’s history with the creation of Kelleher Hall and are truly blessed to have all of you with us in support of this endeavor.”

Attendees included members of the SSND Provincial Council, the AHA Board of Trustees, alumnae, faculty, staff, friends, and parents of Angels -- past, present, and future.

“At Holy Angels, we chose these words from Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, ‘In unity is our strength’ as our theme for this school year. This sentiment certainly rings true on an evening such as this when we all come together to support our beloved school. Tonight’s celebration is the result of the hard work and support of so many members of our school community and beyond. Special thanks to Sister Genevieve Kelleher, Sister Eileen Casey, Sister Henrice Eckert, Sister Carole Tabano, and Sister John Vianney Zullo for their assistance with tonight’s video presentation.  Angelic Evening would never be possible without the extraordinary support of our school families and sponsors. To all those who supported us with tickets, journal ads, sponsorships, and baskets, we are most grateful. Many parents took on leadership roles for this evening as committee chairs. We thank Danielle Borelli, Fatima Semedo, Mary Asencio, Rosanne Taufield, Lisa O’Donoghue, Colleen Corbett Staff ’89, Pauline Pellegrino, Nadine Behrens, Angela Luongo, Meaghan Williams, Kimberly Terjanian and Cecelia Sargenti for all their hard work. I am very grateful to Dorrie Voulgaris, Barbara Burklund, George Ballane, Kathleen DiGiulio, Rachel Gramuglia, Theresa Young, Priscilla Bishop, Julie Collins, Jillane Ferreira, Bob Shanney, and Luis Mendoza who all worked to make tonight’s event a success. Many thanks to Patti Gorsuch who returns as our auctioneer tonight,” President Hanlon added.

This evening of fine dining, live music, and dancing also included the opportunity to bid on several exciting auction items. Prizes included an African safari, tickets to professional sporting events and concerts, cooking classes, dance lessons, a stay at the W Hoboken with dinner at Augustino’s, and an Italian feast for six made by AHA’s own S. Carole Tabano and S. Henrice Eckert. Experiential prizes that were up for auction will allow students to shadow a cardiac surgeon, a banking executive, an art curator, a radio sportscaster, a CBS TV executive, and the creative director of a major advertising agency.


Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.

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