Past Events


Saturday, March 4, 2017

God's Transforming Justice and Mercy - a morning of renewal and reflection for Alumnae, Parents, Trustees, Faculty and Staff

SHA Dinner Dance

Friday, March 24, 2017

7:00 p.m.

The Garden City Hotel

Join us as we celebrate the Sacred Heart Academy community and honor those who embrace and support our mission to educate and empower young women who Lead with Heart.


Career Day

Friday, April 15, 2016

Over 25 alumnae participated in  a day that inspired us all.  Career Day at Sacred Heart Academy provides alumnae with the opportunity to have a positive impact on the young women who will follow in their footsteps.  Nothing quite compares to the genuine connection that exists between alumnae and SHA students.  Their efforts will inspire our young woman to learn, to connect with others, to never give up and to find the path that best suits their gifts and talents so that they may lead with heart.

We gratefully acknowledge the following alumnae for their participation in Career Day:

Allison Cabbibo ’06

Lynn Cipriani ’05

Jacqueline Coleman ’07

Michelle McAree Freel ’83

Mary Galligan ’80

Katie Voight Hoey ’02

Marissa Cipriani Jakovcic ’03

Natalie Kovac ’03

Catherine Jahn ’03

Wendy LaBella ’02

Amanda McKelvey ’11

Siobhan Moran ’79

Kaitlin McTague ’04

Jennifer Minogue ’02

Colleen O’Connor ’09

Colleen Mcginn O’Neill ’88

Carol Pernice ’97

Bonnie Huber Porzio ’92

Laura Roche ’88

Elizabeth Speck ’05

Caitlin Sullivan ’04

Ariel Tassy ’05

Jennifer Pujdak Tuschong ’95

Lauren Vaicels ’00

Irene V. Villacci ’82

Patricia Butler Woicik ’81

Click here to learn more about our participating alumnae and read their bios. 

SHA Dinner Dance

Friday, March 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The Garden City Hotel

At the SHA Dinner Dance on Friday, March 18th, we honoured extraordinary alum for the differences they have made in their professions, in their communities and in the world.  We paid tribute to  Mary Ellen Duffy, '89; Victoria Hall Gmelich, '87; and Leona O'Brien Velazquez '90, P '16. These alum have taken the lead in their professional lives and just as importantly, in service: as ministers to those in spiritual and physical need and as advocates for Catholic education.

Each alum stood confidently at the podium at The Garden City Hotel as they humbly gave thanks to their family, to God and to Sacred Heart Academy for providing the foundation for their successes. 

We invite you to read our honorees bios and to click on the links below to learn how Sacred Heart Academy impacted their lives.

Mary Ellen Duffy '89: "...of all the things that my parents did for me that gave me the foundation to be successful in life was to send me to Sacred Heart Academy.  Everyone I know who has been educated at Sacred Heart Academy is a success."

Victoria Hall Gmelich '87: "All of these experiences, both good and bad, made me who I am. What made me able to achieve and enjoy the good things and endure and withstand the bad things was an underline faith and confidence in my very being. I believe that began and solidified itself in me during my years at Sacred Heart."

Leona O'Brien Velazquez '90: "Girls that leave here will succeed in academics, but you get something more..."

Alumnae Career Symposium

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The symposium is a professional experience designed to provide alumnae and SHA upper classwomen with additional tools to succeed in today's marketplace.  Doors open at 11:00 and the event kicks-off with attendees sharing their biographies or career path, making connections and forming an instant circle of new friends and professional contacts.

Click here for more information about the program and panelists.


2015 Golf and Tennis Outing

The 2015 SHA Golf and Tennis Outing took place on Monday, May 11 at The Hempstead Golf and Country Club and Rockville Centre Links.  Tennis players took to the courts early at Hempstead and enjoyed spirited play followed by an elegant luncheon with Sister Jeanne Ross, CSJ ’66, President and Sister Joanne Forker, Ed.D., Principal.  The golfers participated in on-course contests after a plentiful brunch and were provided with an exceptional dinner.  SHA Dads past and present were joined by alumnae on the course including a special foursome from the class of 1969 Susan Biondo DeVerna, Joan Colligan O’Hagen, Kathleen Cunneen Walsh and Aileen Bolkcom Kevane who traveled in from Michigan.  Megan Quinn ’02 and Mary Kate Quinn ’06 rallied young alumnae who joined the event for dinner.  The outing raised over $105,000 dollars.  Sacred Heart Academy is grateful for the dedication and support of the Golf Committee, co-chaired by Bill Hogan P ’17, ’19 and Bill Gerneglia P ’17.

The following senior Dads received lifetime achievement awards for their commitment to and support of the SHA Golf Outing.
James Corcoran P ’09, ’12, ’15
Mark Fitzpatrick P ’07, ’11, ’15
Bob O'Connell P ’08, ’12, ’15
Daniel O'Connell P ’10, ’15
Roger O'Donnell P ’15
Greg Raphael P ’15
Richard Seery P ’11, ’15
James Tomlin P ’15

Closest to the Pin:
  Dom Castoro
Longest Drive – Men: Ryan Raphael
Longest Drive – Women: Mary White
Rockville Links Winners: David Donnelly P ’16, ’18, Fred Halikias P ’16, Elliot Weiss P ’16
Low Net: Bill Gerneglia P ’17, Nick DeMartini P ’14, ’17, Jim O’Hara P ’14, ’17, Roger O’Donnell P ’15
Low Gross: Mark Fitzpatrick P ’07, ’11, ’15, Mike Hannan, Jim Kessler P ’07, James Corcoran P ’09, ’12, ’15

Alumnae Families Met the Cast of Annie

Sunday, March 8, 2015  2:00 p.m.
Following the 2:00 performance of Annie, alumnae and their families were invited to the cafeteria to meet the cast and enjoy refreshments.  There were photos and autographs and throngs of delighted children and parents.



This fall the following classes returned Sacred Heart Academy to relive memories and spend time with the people who helped create them.  Alumnae enjoyed tours given by current SHA students and a special Mass in the Sister Virginia Crowley Theatre followed by a celebration off campus.


Alumnae Reception: D.C. Chapter

Sacred Heart Academy hosted a reception at the curebar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Tuesday, June 24.  Approximately 20 SHA alumnae in the D.C. area attended this event and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and re-connect over refreshments.  S. Jeanne Ross, President of Sacred Heart Academy, was in attendance and expressed her appreciation for their continued interest in Sacred Heart.  

Are you interested in hosting an Alumnae Reception for your chapter? Email or call 516.483.7383 x331.  


2015 SHA Dinner Dance

Three outstanding alumnae were honored at the 2015 SHA Dinner Dance on Friday, March 20.  Noreen O’Keefe Costello ’70, Danielle DiBari ’98, and Karen Danca Smith ’91 are true leaders in their professions and their faith.  They are proof that a single sex education can empower women to be the best that they can be and that a Catholic education provides moral and social understanding that remains with our students throughout their lives.  They have the courage to lead with heart, they are committed to making a difference in the world, and their compassion is evident not only in their personal lives but in their professions serving people as city counsel, as pharmacist and as teacher.  S. Jeanne Ross presided over the Dinner Dance for the final time before leaving SHA for sabbatical and she was thanked for her many contributions to SHA over the last 18 years and she was serenaded by seniors and alumnae with the school song. We give special thanks to our Dinner Dance Committee, chaired by Maria and James Corcoran P ’09, ’15.  Everything from the amazing and clever auction items to table seating and event support was done by committee members. Regular meetings at SHA gave us the opportunity to connect with these families who give their time so generously and encourage others to do the same.   Our community is vibrant, strong and committed. When we are in each other’s presence, the energy is unmatched.

Read our honorees’ bios and special messages from SHA supporters in our Dinner Dance Journal 


Annual Golf Outing 2014

An amazing $30,000 was raised at this year’s Annual Golf & Tennis Outing, held on Monday, May 12th, at the beautiful Hempstead Golf & Country Club.  The weather was perfect as 22 tennis players took to the courts and 80 golfers enjoyed a round.  The evening culminated with a delicious BBQ, raffles, and a robust live auction.

Special thanks to the Golf & Tennis Committee members, Golf co-chaired by Joe Finnerty P ’14 and Bob Tolan P ’14 (both off to the 19th hole), and Tennis chair Terry Terrana P ’15, ’17, who work tirelessly to make the day a success.