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Stepinac High School Honors Alumni, Partners At Fundraiser

Frank Portanova (center) with the Stepinac HS cast of Billy Elliot. The cast performed a sneak preview. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Father Tom Collins, President of Stepinac, welcomes Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R). Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left: Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, Loira Kiernan (HV Bank), Matt McCrosson (O'Connor/Davies), Lisbet Acuna (HV Bank). Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Dr. Jesus Jaile-Marti (with wife, Diane) received the Community Citizen's Award. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From left: Tom Martin, Patrick Finn, Father Tom Collins, Dylan Pereiras, of Stepinac HS. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Frank Portanova (R) is congratulated by Father Tom Collins (L) and Tom Martin. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Stepinac HS students (from left): Francisco Jaile, Dylan Pereiras, Brandon Coleman and Joseph DeSanctis, presented awards. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
From Left: Tom Martin, Frank Portanova, Joseph DeSanctis of Stepinac HS, Father Tom Collins. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
William Plunkett received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, with wife Caryl. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
William Plunkett (L), with Carll Tucker and Caryl Plunkett. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Family members pose for a photo with Frank Portanova. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Members of the Finn family pose for a photo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A chef slices meat for the dinner. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School’s 2015 Trustees Awards reception - honoring distinguished alumni, community and corporate partners who have supported the school - was held Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

More than 400 distinguished guests, including Father Thomas Collins (Class of ’79), Stepinac’s president,  gathered to congratulate the Trustees Awards honorees.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino joined the gathering to congratulate the honorees and to present Stepinac with a proclamation.

Prominent attorney William F. Plunkett, Jr. (Class of ’58) received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Father Collins noted that Plunkett's wife, Caryl, was also being honored for “her accomplishments as a successful business woman, administrator, public servant and an active charitable volunteer."

In a special recognition of William Plunkett’s service as its first chair, the Board of Trustees announced that they were dedicating a special Chairman’s Room in his name and presented him with the plaque that will be affixed to the room’s door.

“Bill Plunkett is certainly one of Stepinac’s most distinguished alumni as a prominent attorney and business and civic leader," Father Collins said. "It is fitting that he is saluted by the Stepinac community particularly at this moment as he steps down as Chair of the Board of Trustees this year, following five years of incredible progress for Stepinac.”

“During his tenure, the school’s student enrollment increased 53 percent for the 2014-15 school year, significant infrastructure improvements and enhancements were accomplished and educators across the nation and internationally recognized Stepinac as a model in developing the first-of-its-kind digital textbook library.”

Cisco Systems, Inc. a leading, multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment, received the Partner in Education Award. Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Patrick Finn (Class of ’81), accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Dr. Jesus Jaile-Marti, Chief of Neontology, White Plains Hospital Center, and his wife, Diane, received the Community Citizens Award, and Frank Portanova (Class of ’93), Stepinac’s Vice Principal for Academics and Curriculum, was awarded the Student Enrichment Award.

All proceeds from the year’s biggest fundraiser will go toward providing financial aid to help deserving students continue their education

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