Join Us Under the Tuscan Sun – Saturday, March 28

March 16, 2015

Experience the tastes of Tuscany with hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, and Italian desserts at our annual benefit—The 2015 Live and Silent Auction—Under the Tuscan Sun on Saturday, March 28.This year’s Auction promises a fun filled, wonderful, and exciting evening…a memorable event with a great theme, stunning staging, divine cuisine, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind, must-have items,” The Auction is our signature event and chairs Jeff and Fran Pellegrino Granquist ’80 and their committee are working tenaciously to make this a tremendous success. I am so grateful for their support of the Academy,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,’71.”

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with complimentary wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, and Silent Auction followed by desserts and Live Auction with renowned and spirited guest auctioneer, Eric Hummel. This year’s special guest is Marc Garofalo, as master of ceremonies.

Jeff and Frances Pellegrino Granquist ’80, are spearheading “Under the Tuscan Sun” along with a committee comprised of more than 75 parents, alumnae, and friends of the Academy. Members of this year’s Steering Committee include Gift Chairs Michael & Dana Ajello, 2014 Chairs David & Kristen Falls, Construction Co-chair Gilbert Earl, Refreshments Chair Thomas Giglietti, Program Chair Maureen Hayes, Display Chair Alberta King, Basket Chair Marianne Lawlor, Hands Up for Heart Chairs Rob &Kristin McMahon, Silent Gift Chair Lisa DeFrancesco Pyne ’88, Reservations Chair Karen Walsh Reidy ’74, Construction Co-chair Mario Ricozzi, Decorations Chair Lori Schommer, and Finance Chairs Carole Stackpole ’67 and Susan Vitale.

“We never would have imagined in 1991 when we attended the first auction that 24 years later we would be the chairs. How quickly time goes by! It seems like only yesterday that I graduated and now our daughter, Maria, will graduate this year. Supporting the Academy has been easy for us…we believe the outstanding, well-rounded education is matched by no other area school. Like the fine wines of Tuscany, Sacred Heart only gets better with age. The administration and faculty stay true to the school’s motto – Excelsior – always reaching “Ever Higher,” encouraging the girls to be the best they can be and preparing them to support the world around them. We are impressed with the energy and excitement that fills the halls and with the passionate faculty, all of whom instill a desire to learn in their students. Working with the committees, planning stunning decorations and a delicious menu, and gathering magnificient items to bid on has been so much fun. Please join us for what is certain to be a fabulous night Under the Tuscan Sun,” offered Fran.

Up for bid…a Ten Day Escape to Sicily, a Week at Florida’s Marriott Grande Vista and  a Week in Aruba, Five Days in Vegas, a Vespa Scooter, sports tickets including Yankees, Red Sox, NY Giants and more, a Walking Tour of New Haven, a NYC Scavenger Hunt, golf packages, catered dinners, electronics and much, much more.

Adding to the festivities is the $10,000 Cash Raffle. Tickets, at $20 each, are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Academy at 203-287-8181, x372. To download a raffle ticket order form, visit The drawing will be held at 9:00 p.m. the night of the Auction and winner need not be present.

For additional information, including the latest items available and the menu, or to make your reservations for Under the Tuscan Sun visit or contact Maryanne Pisani ’81 at 203-287-8181, x372 or Tickets are $70 per person and tables of 10 are $700.

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