Iona Preparatory School recently honored former board members and husband and wife Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. and Margaret (Peggy) Parlatore Kelly during its President’s Dinner Centennial Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, raising more than $1.2 million in the process.
More than 630 alumni, benefactors, faculty and parents packed the national landmark, formerly known as the Bowery Building, on Nov. 17 as school spirit soared into the 65-foot rafters. It was the largest turnout in the school’s history, befitting the celebration of “100 Years of Excellence in Education.”
Funds raised from the gala catapulted Iona Prep past the $10 million mark of its Centennial Campaign for Excellence. In the coming year, those monies will be used to renovate and enhance the Brother J. Kevin Devlin Lower School Library & Technology Center with the addition of a makerspace, storytelling room and extra classroom space. Almost simultaneously, the Upper School will see an expansion of the Paul Verni Fine Arts Center to include a 435-seat theater and six additional classrooms. Iona Prep plans to announce more details on those projects in 2018.
Margaret and Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. are the quintessential Centennial couple. Al is 1976 graduate and, together with Peggy, the alumni parents of Alfred III ’05 and Jack ’12. They have welcomed the Holy See to New York, brought the 2014 Super Bowl to the tristate area and organized it, and served on countless boards. Each has served terms on Iona Prep’s Board of Directors, and Al was also the inaugural president of the Alumni Association. Iona Prep is Westchester’s only all-boys K-12 Catholic institution to make the “Best Catholic High Schools in New York State” and “Best Private High Schools in New York State” on Niche.com.