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Iona Prep Turn 100, Kicks Off Centennial Campaign For $10M

Iona Prep has kicked off its 100th anniversary year and capital campaign.
Iona Prep has kicked off its 100th anniversary year and capital campaign. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.-- Iona Prep is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The year-long celebration began with a President's Dinner at Glen Island Harbour Club and Centennial Campaign for Excellence kickoff.

The campaign has a goal of $10 million for facility enhancements and instructional improvements.

Those upgrades include a renovation of the Library and Technology Center at the Lower School, complete with a Makerspace and Storytelling room, and an expansion of the Paul Verni Fine Arts Center at the Upper School to include additional instructional space and a 435-seat auditorium.

Brother Thomas Leto, President, announced that $7.5M has already been raised toward the $10M goal.

The Founders' Award was presented that evening to Virginia and Thomas Hughes. Hughes is a 1975 graduate. Centennial Co-Chair Bill Harrington (1975 graduate) presented the award.

In addition to supporting Iona, they donate much of their time to work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and have helped to raise more than $20M through their own philanthropy and the Wall Street Charity Golf Classic, which Tom founded in 1987.

Tom is chairman of Kings Point Ventures, one of the largest Dunkin Donuts franchisees in the nation, said a release.

The Founders’ Award recognizes those who are strong in faith and who model Edmund Rice by “standing in solidarity with those marginalized by poverty and injustice.”

“As we celebrate and share our history over the last century, we are equally excited to be part of the collective that gets to set the stage for Iona Prep’s next 100 years," said Chief Advancement Officer Mark E. Hogan, a graduate of the Lower and Upper Schools. Hogan was emcee at the recent dinner.

Centennial upcoming:

  • Art exhibit, Feb . 6-10
  • Centennial Olympic Day & Carnival, time capsule and President's dinner, Nov. 17.

For more information on the Centennial Campaign for Excellence, contact Mark E. Hogan at (914) 600-6158.

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