Sixty donors comprised of alumnae, parents, and friends joined together in the Information Commons for dinner, community, and entertainment provided by the incredibly talented students of IHA’s Voices.
The evening began with Ms. Patricia Molloy, president, welcoming donors and thanking them for their generosity. Mr. Jason Schlereth, principal, then shared a school update where he highlighted the accomplishments of our students for the 2018-2019 school year. It was the keynote speaker of the night, Kathleen Moriarty Mockler’84 P’08, ’20, ’21, whose moving words of thanks had all in attendance looking for a tissue.
The parent and alumna reminisced on her time at IHA as a student and shared memories of when her daughters, Kyla Heinz Picerno’08, Aimee Mockler’20, and Lauryn Mockler’21, were accepted to IHA. While she expressed great appreciation for these moments, Kathleen said that it was when grief unexpectedly struck her family with the passing of her husband, Jeff, that she couldn’t have been more grateful to be a part of the IHA family.
“To say our lives turned upside down would be a grand understatement…the immediate financial burden was frightening and overwhelming,” Kathleen said. “The possibility of Aimee and Lauryn not being able to continue at IHA was becoming all too real. The last thing in the world I wanted was to not have our girls continue at IHA.”
Due to the generosity of donors, Ms. Molloy informed Kathleen that both Aimee and Lauryn’s fees and tuition would be taken care of. After Mrs. Mockler expressed her gratitude at the dinner, Aimee and Lauryn spoke about their IHA experience and thanked donors for their kindness and generosity.
Mrs. Angelique Morelli, director of development, closed the program, thanked donors again for their continued support, and invited Mrs. Sarah Shutrop, director of formation, to bless the food and give the closing prayer. The Office of Advancement would like to thank all who attended and send a special thank you to our outstanding student performers and the Eagle Ambassadors.
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