Sketch Club 2018 - A Fantastic Night!

On Friday, January 5th, more than 150 hardy souls braved the sub-zero windchill to attend the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation Annual Sketch Club. Attendees were treated to performances by Jeff Radosevich (P '27), Justin Patterson (P '24, '27), Kelly Strain (P '24, '27, Faculty), Danielle Higgins (P '27), Paul Miller (P '25), Vicky Dussich (P '25, '27), Kieran Foley (P '27), Brian "Bugsy" Moran (GP '26, '28), and Mr. Dan Mullen (Faculty), whose tremendous talents resulted in a net overall contribution to the Annual Fund of $17,847, representing a 21% increase in dollars raised over the 2017 Sketch Club net of $14,738

Thank you to our bar sponsors who donated libations, supplies, and labor at no cost:

Tracy and Michael Borelli (P '23)
Brenda Panzera and Edward Butler (P '20, '23, '27)

Francie and John Doherty (P '26, '26)
Karina and Fred Mamoun (P '22, '23)
Kate and Tim Waters (P '23, '23, '24)

Thank you to Amy and Charles Devigne (P '23) who donated their time, labor, and all food to further increase the bottom line while reducing expenses over 2017.

Thanks to Michael Borelli (P '23) for the donation of the raffle prize - a rare bottle of John Walker & Sons King George V Blended Scotch Whisky.

A special shout out to all who gave their time and talents behind the scenes to make the night a smashing success:

Father Donald Baker
Ms. Caroline Walker

Ms. Kathleen Murphy
Mr. Brad Slepian
Mrs. Irene Rodriguez
Edward Butler (P '20, '23, '27, Sketch Club Committee Member)
Eddie Chang (P '26, Sketch Club Committee Member)
Nancy Esposito (P '23)
Tom Gaffney (P '23, '25)
Adele Ganly (P '20, '20)
Sara Laytham (P '23)
Jason Magnus (P '23, '26)
Paul Miller (P '25, Sketch Club Committee Member)
Jillian Ruggiere
Lauren Walker
Kate Waters (P '23, '23, '24, Sketch Club Committee Member)

And to that Saint Stephen's cast of clean-up crew members who voluntarily coalesced at evening's end to ensure the auditorium was clean, safe, and basketball-ready for the next day's game at 9am - thank you!

Save the date - Sketch Club will return Friday, January 4, 2019!

2017 Mary Claire Bonner Award Recipient - Gerardo Garcia

Christopher Kelly presenting Gerardo Garcia with the 2017 Mary Claire Bonner Award

Christopher Kelly presenting Gerardo Garcia with the 2017 Mary Claire Bonner Award

Christopher Kelly, the Foundation Board President, gave the following speech at this year's graduation ceremony in honor of Mary Claire Bonner.  Congratulations to Gerardo Garcia! 

“Good morning parents, community members, faculty, administration, and Class of 2017.

The Mary Claire Bonner Award was established by the School and the Board of the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation to honor long time volunteer and Foundation Board co-founder, and Secretary,  Mary Claire Bonner.

A word about Ms. Bonner: Mary Claire retired from Aetna as Senior Vice President and as one of the highest ranking women in the history of the US insurance industry. Mary Claire has been named by Crain’s New York as one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business, but it is her volunteer activities that are most impressive: she  has volunteered and served  on Boards as diverse as our own Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation, the NYC  Partnership for the Homeless, Loyola School, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, and serves today as a Trustee of Gettysburg College. 

Mary Claire came to Saint Stephen’s six years ago after she read an article in the NYT.  She is not an alumna, or parent or even parishioner; she just came to the school, knocked on the door and asked, “How can I help”?   As she likes to tell it, her first job that day six years ago was washing the windows of the science lab—and true to form,  she has been making things clearer and brighter ever since.  

After thousands of hours on leadership Board,  Foundation matters, and as trusted adviser to multiple administrations, Mary Claire leaves us now to chair Loyola School’s Board of Trustees.  No student of Saint Stephen’s in the last six years has had a better friend or advocate whose name they may never have known.  

But no more, ladies and gentlemen, no more.  Today in this Award we give name and face to all the qualities so difficult to quantify,  but which are ultimately the yardstick and currency by which we measure all that matters to living a life full of meaning.  In Ms. Bonner’s honor, the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation Mary Claire Bonner Award is to be given at graduation to that eighth grader who, in the view of the School’s Administration,  most embodies, by a demonstrated history of assisting others, the qualities of kindness, generosity of spirit, and ongoing belief in the children of Saint Stephen of Hungary School so exemplified by Mary Claire herself.

Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s winner was difficult to choose, but for all that he has done for others, and the bright promise of what he will do in the future,  please join me in congratulating the 2017 Mary Claire Bonner Award winner, Gerardo Garcia.”

Congratulations Graduates!

We are incredibly proud to share the list of high schools the Saint Stephen of Hungary School 8th Grade Graduates will be attending in the Fall.

Academy for Software Engineering
Art and Design High School *
Archbishop Stepinac High School
Baruch College Campus High School*
Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District*
Bronx High School of Science
Cathedral High School
Christ the King Regional High School
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Dominican Academy*
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Fordham Preparatory School*
Frank McCourt High School
Iona Preparatory School*
La Salle Academy*
Loyola School*
Marymount School of New York*
Mount Saint Michael Academy
Notre Dame School*
N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies
Professional Performing Arts High School
Regis High School*
Saint George Academy
Saint Jean the Baptiste
Saint John’s Preparatory*
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Science, Technology and Math Institute at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math School
The Loomis Chaffee School*
The Ursuline School
Xaverian High School
Xavier High School*

*Student is attending.

We wish them the best of luck!

Sketch Club 2017 was an Incredible Success!

The Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation’s 2nd Annual Sketch Club on Friday, January 6, 2017 was yet again, a roaring success! An entertaining night full of comedy and eclectic music raised more than $21,000, making this year’s event even more successful than last year’s.

Of course, this night could never be so successful without the substantial help from our committee solely dedicated to making this evening so spectacular. Huge thank you to the Sketch Club Committee - Ed Butler (P ’20, ’23, ’27), Eddie Chang (P ’27), Paul Miller (P ’25), and Kate Waters (P ’23, ’23, ’24).

The leading reason this particular event is such a special one is because of the involvement of our community who selflessly volunteer their time and talent on our school stage. While we ordinarily boast about our students, this event highlights another talented facet of our community – our students’ parents, faculty members, and this year, a Saint Stephen alum.

Thank you to our wonderfully talented entertainers of the night – Donald Vega (P ’25, ’27), Kelly Strain (P ’24, ’27), Danielle Higgins (P ’27), Justin Patterson (P ’24, ’27), Vicky Dussich (P ’25, ’27), DP Kelly (P ’22), Will Simbol (Faculty), Dan Mullen (Faculty), Rob Salandra (Faculty), Isaiah Negron (’16), and all of our other musical volunteers.

Thank you to all who came out to support this event and especially all of our volunteers who helped set up and clean up the night of.

See you next January for the 3rd Annual Sketch Club! 

Save The Date for Our Upcoming Events!

Holiday Cocktail Party
Join us for an evening of cocktails this holiday season!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
SSH Auditorium

Sketch Club
Join us for a night of comedy and music performed by our very own community! Tickets on sale soon!
Friday, January 6, 2017
SSH Auditorium

8th Annual Auction
Parents, parishioners, grandparents, faculty, and friends of the School come together to celebrate and support initiatives in enrichment programming, such as technology, fine arts, physical education, French language and culture, library, vocal training, and violin. Invitations hit mailboxes in January!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Tribeca Rooftop

6th Annual Golf Outing
The Golf Outing raises money for the programmatic needs relating to physical education and athletic programs.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Pelham Golf Course, Bronx

We hope to see you at our events this year!

Golfing for a Good Cause!

The Fifth Annual Golf Outing is right around the corner.  Please join us as an individual golfer or foursome for a day filled with BBQ lunch, a round of golf, fantastic cocktails & dinner, raffles and prizes.

Golfing for a Good Cause! 
All proceeds from the Golf Outing will support the following for the Saint Stephen of Hungary School:
- Padding on the gym walls
- Benches for Basketball Games
- New gym equipment and storage

Proceeds will further subsidize:
- Physical education classes
- Basketball and track teams
- Field Day

Tuesday, May 17th

Pelham Golf Course, Bronx, NY
11:30am - Registration & BBQ Lunch
12:30pm - Shotgun Start
5:30pm - Cocktails, Dinner, Raffles & Awards 

Individual Golfer - $200.00
Foursome - $750.00
Dinner & Cocktails - $75.00

Tee Box - $175.00
Putting Green - $300.00
Golf Cart - $550.00
Dinner - $2,000.00
*Please note all sponsorships must be purchased by Friday, May 6th to be recognized in the print at the Golf Outing.



Sketch Club Success!

On Friday, January 8, The Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation put on the first ever Sketch Club fundraiser – an evening full of comedy and music from our very own talented community.

The event began with comedians Joan Weisblatt and Doug Karpf followed by musical talent including Justin Patterson (P ’24) as the show’s M.C., cabaret by Vicky Dussich (P ’25) featuring Stephen Michael Thornton on guitar, music by David Patrick Kelly (P ’22) featuring Brandon Ellis on cello and Erica Swindell on violin, as well as Out of Office, our second grade teacher Mr. Dan Mullen’s a cappella group, which includes Gattlin Miller, Becca Hare, Heather Foye, Natalie Budnyk, Nicole Holm, Mark Lee, and Gabriel Denham.

With the generosity from our community who came and supported the event, we raised over $14,500! Big thanks to our Sketch Club committee who made this night possible in the first place – Ed Butler, Nancy Olecki, Kate Waters, Eddie Chang, and Charles Devigne. An additional thank you to the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation Board for their support. Needless to say we hope to see this as a continued tradition in years to come! 

The Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation presents The Sketch Club on January 8, 2016.

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Songs and Music by David Patrick Kelly (P '22)
Cabaret by Vicky Dussich (P '25)
Mr. Dan Mullen's a cappella group, Out of Office
Comedy by Joan Weiss and Doug Karpf

Friday, January 8, 2016
(Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Saint Stephen of Hungary School Auditorium

Cash Bar & Cheese Boards Available

VIP Table: $1,000.00
(includes 8 seats, 4 bottles of wine, and a cheese board)

Reserved Table: $500.00
(includes 8 seats and 2 bottles of wine)

General Admission: $40.00

21+ Only