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Stepinac HS Honors Alumni, Raises Scholarship Funds

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- John Cahill received the Distinguished Graduate Award at the second annual Archbishop Stepinac High School Trustees Awards Reception Tuesday night at 42 in White Plains Ritz Carlton.

Cahill, a Yonkers resident, graduated from the Catholic school in 1977. Since, he has served as general counsel and commissioner of New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation, and as secretary and chief of staff for Gov. George Pataki. The attorney also co-founded a strategic consulting firm called the Pataki-Cahill Group.

"We are honoring a stellar group of individuals and businesses," said William Plunkett, a member of the class of 1958 and chairman of Stepinac's board of trustees, in a press release.

The Trustees Awards Reception recognizes distinguished alumni, faculty and supporters, as well as raises funds for enhancing Stepinac's educational and athletic programs.

Also honored Tuesday were Stepinac Principal Paul Carty with the Student Enrichment Award, the law firm Bleakley Platt & Schmidt with the Partners in Education Award, and Hudson Valley Bank with the Corporate Citizenship Award.

The proceeds from the event, which cost $250 per person, will go toward scholarships for students, Carty said. Cahill was happy to hear that because, he said, it allows kids from Yonkers and Mt. Vernon to get the same opportunities he did.

"I think about the teachers who taught me, the people that nurtured my faith and the friends I made," Cahill said in his acceptance speech. "Through all of my education, I can't think of better times than my four years at Stepinac."

Last year's awards reception raised $300,000 and went toward funding the athletic field, a project that cost $2 million, William Plunkett said.

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