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December • 2015 e-Newsletter


Our alumni love to hear about how our current sports teams are doing these days. The fall season at Immaculate saw a tremendous amount of success. Four of our athletic teams advanced to their respective state tournaments!  In addition to the excellence displayed on the fields and cross country trails, our teams did amazing things outside of games and meets.  For example, our Cross Country team recently ran 26 miles in remembrance of each of the lives lost 3 years ago in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Please read the Athletic Newsletter for all of details on the great fall season at Immaculate.  We know that you will be proud of those who have followed in your footsteps.

In looking back on 2015, I cannot help but smile as I remember the many ways that our alumni came back, reconnected and gave back to Immaculate.  Alumni games, Career Day, Gala, Class Reunions, Mass of Remembrance, Golf Outing, Turkey Trot, and the 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend were just some of the ways that you reunited with your alma mater and with each other.  We look forward to the start of 2016, as we continue the celebration of this milestone year with a 50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame event in March, the Golden Gala in April and the 50th Reunion of the Class of '66 in June! This first group of "Golden Mustangs" will be invited to partake in our 50th commencement ceremony, as we begin a new tradition at Immaculate.

We are in the midst of our Alumni Giving Challenge.  Currently, the class in the lead has 4% of their graduates having donated to the I AM Immaculate Fund.  I know that as proud alumni, we can do better!  Believe me when I say that Immaculate needs our support. While we celebrate 50 years of excellence, our facility is also 50 years old.  We humbly ask for your support in these closing days of 2015 to help ensure that the next 50 years are as great as the first.

I am personally grateful to be able to work with such an amazing group alumni!  We are over 6,000 strong and our school community is grateful to have our ongoing support and involvement.  Immaculate is a better school because of the commitment, friendship and dedication of our alumni. Thank you for your role in making 2015 a great year at Immaculate.  On behalf of everyone at Immaculate, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for all of God's blessings in 2016!

Best regards from Immaculate,

Denise (Henry) Suarez '87
Director of Alumni Relations



Chris Bruno is the owner of Foundry Kitchen and Tavern in Sandy Hook, CT. He has come to Immaculate to speak to students about his profession at our annual Career Day and has been a generous supporter of Immaculate’s 50th Anniversary celebration and the Immaculate Fund.

At Immaculate, Chris was involved with athletics and student council. His initial goal was to become an architect, however, he worked at Chuck’s Steak House while in high school. Chris started as a dishwasher and was cooking before his 17th birthday. He fell in love with it! Chris then decided to attend Johnson and Wales University of Culinary Arts and worked in restaurants in Providence. Upon graduation, he worked in various notable restaurants in Cape Cod, Ridgefield and Westchester before opening Fiddler’s in Brookfield, where he was for 20 years. Chris has consulted extensively in the restaurant industry and 3 years ago opened Foundry Kitchen and Tavern. “It has been the most challenging, exciting and rewarding time of my career,” said Chris. The restaurant features hormone and antibiotic free meats and fish. “We seasonally source from numerous local farms. It lends well to my progressive cooking style, allowing us to let the quality of the ingredients we use to shine through.”

Chris currently resides in Danbury and has two children, Michael and Meghan. Four of his five siblings graduated from Immaculate. In addition to spending time with his children, Chris enjoys keeping up with the needs in his community so that he can try and have an impact in helping others.

Chris shared, “My time at Immaculate was instrumental in my development, particularly in regards to building structure and organizational skills. But, most importantly, Immaculate taught me the importance of compassion. Many teachers and administrators went above and beyond the call of duty to help me, and it lent an excellent example of how I could one day impact others positively.”

Immaculate High School can attest to this, as we are grateful for all that Chris has done to support his alma mater. We can also share that many of our alumni have raved about Foundry Kitchen and Tavern!  Congratulations to Chris on his success and much thanks for all of his support.


Alumni Football Game

Over 20 alumni participated in the annual game on November 28th. Thank you to Tyler Archer ’06 for organizing the event and to Pippa’s for hosting the gathering after the game and donating a portion of the procees to the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund. A great day was had by all!

Alumni Games -
Ice Hockey (new date), Women's and Men's Basketball

There are 3 alumni games in the coming weeks: Ice Hockey on Saturday, 12/26 at 8:30 p.m. (please note that the event has been rescheduled from 12/20 to 12/26), Womens Basketball and Mens Basketball on Saturday, 1/9 at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. respectively.  To find out more information or to register today,  please click here!  Alumni game shirts/jerseys provided with registration.
Young Alumni Pasta Dinner

On Saturday, January 9th we invite all of our alumni who are home from college to join us for a pasta dinner at Immaculate hosted by the Mustang All-Sports Club. While it will be a great opportunity for our recent graduates to gather while home for the break, all alumni are welcome to join in the fun. The dinner goes from 5-8 p.m. and coincides with our Women's and Men's Alumni Basketball Games.  Visit your alma mater, have a great meal, catch up with old friends and watch a game! To register, click here!



We had many great class reunions take place over the course of 2015. Thank you to all who organized these events! As we look ahead to 2016, the 6's and '1's take center stage. To date, the Class of '66 and '71 have reunions in the works. Please click here for details on planned events or how to organize your reunion. Mini-reunions are also gaining in popularity.  The Class of '66 is holding a gathering on January 29th at 12 noon, at Bongos in St. Pete Beach, FL. All '66 alumni are welcome to attend!

Turkey Trot

(Pictured from L-R are alumni Andrea Westervelt ’10, Makela Stankey ’11, Amy Loya ’10, Amanda Loya ’14 and Meghan Loya ‘12). With warm temperatures and sunshine on Thanksgiving morning, over 270 participants and over $8,000 was raised for the Donald Hassiak Memorial Scholarship at IHS. Thank you to all who organized this event and to those who ran, walked or just came down to cheer others on. It was another great day to be a Mustang!

MIA Alumni

Currently, we only have contact information for approximately 1/3rd of our over 6,000 alumni. We can only inform alumni about upcoming events, reunions and news if we have their contact information. If you would like to work on updating information for your class, please contact Denise at Please also help us to update our database by forwarding this newsletter to fellow alumni and sharing the link to Update Your Information!


There are so many ways to support Immaculate.  We have created a fun, spirit-filled challenge to see which class has the highest participation rate of giving to the I AM Immaculate Fund by 12/31/15, as well as many opportuntiies for alumni and alumni-owned businesses to support the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.  This scholarship is given annually to one student per grade who is the child of an alum.  Please take a moment to listen to Gina Arconti tell of her experiences as an IHS student and you will quickly see how your gifts are making a difference in the lives of our students!

Alumni Giving Challenge 

Two weeks remain in the Alumni Giving Challenge and the CLASS OF 1967 is in the lead with 4% of the class having made a donation to the Immaculate Fund. The Classes of ’66, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’78 and ’81 are close behind with 3% participation! All gifts are tax deductible, so please consider making your donation before 12/31. This is our school and this is our time! As we celebrate 50 years, Immaculate is asking all of our alumni to participate, at any level!!  $10, $15, $25...every donation makes a difference.

Will your class lead the charge?


Alumni Legacy Scholarship 

Please note that all donations made at the time of online registration for various alumni events and reunions help to fund the Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund. As scholarship recipient, Sean McCoy ‘16 recently wrote in a thank you note to the Alumni Association, “As I am about to finish my four years at Immaculate, there is nothing that I can say but thank you. Finishing my high school years as Student Council President, and helping IHS prepare for the 50th Anniversary celebration, have taught that you have given me more than an education; you have given me a lifelong family. I will make sure to give others the family and community that you have given me.”

Gina Arconti '16

We wanted to share with our alumni, the speech that Gina Arconti '16 gave at the recent Leadership Recognition Society gathering about her experience as an Immaculate student.  Gina is a shining example of students who grace the halls of IHS each day, and who are grateful for the support of those who share their time, talents and treasure with Immaculate. These gifts ensure that Gina and other students will have the same experience that she shares in her speech.


Letter from Giulio Grilli '66

Giulio Grilli '66, was the first International Exchange Student to attend and graduate from Immaculate. Giulio recently sent IHS a letter and copy of his diploma, stating, "I am very proud of my IHS Diploma which is a first in the history of Immaculate, as I was the first international exchange student to come and graduate there!" Giulio shared, "How lucky I was to be in such a great environment and always well surrounded and helped by many friends! I am sure that there have been many other exchange students who came after me and I hope that all of them have benefited from this experience during their personal and professional life  as much as I have. I see IHS as a tree that has grown so well during these 50 years having its roots well planted in Danbury, but with its branches spanning over many countries in the world. After completing my University education in Italy, I can say that IHS has been very important in my career as it allowed me to work in a great professional environment with the European Space Agency."  Thank you Giulio, for sharing your experience at IHS and your diploma.  Immaculate has many exchange students today.  Thank you for paving the way!

Immaculate Ornament Sale

Decorate your tree with an ornament that commemorates your child's years at IHS, or give as a gift! 

We are having a special from now until Christmas to purchase these commemorative ornaments.  There is a limited quantity and once they are gone...they're gone!  Click here to order yours today for pick up at IHS or to be shipped to your home.

$10 each or 2 for $15!

Jim Hannigan '10

Please join Jim Hannigan, IHS '10 and guest presenter at St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield for a special presentation titled, "Mentoring Makes a Difference."  This presentation will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, 12/19. 

The event is sponsored by Men's Ministry and will feature a discussion of Jim's non-profit work at Harlem Children's Zone, as well as the Catholic mentors and role models who inspired him to grow in his faith and turn it into action in helping others.  Bagels, juice & coffee will be served.

Sierra Stein '13

Sierra Stein was one of three members of the University of New Haven women's soccer team to have been named All-New England selections by the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association. Sierra finished second on the Chargers with a career high 5 goals and 11 points this season, starting in all 17 matches that she appeared in. Congratulations, Sierra...Mustang Pride! 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 26
Alumni Hockey Game
Danbury Ice Arena - 8:30 p.m.
Alumni Gathering @ Pippa's immediately following the game

Thursday, December 31
Alumni Giving Challenge Deadline
Donate Here

Saturday, January 9
Young Alumni Pasta Dinner
IHS Cafeteria • 5-8 pm
Click here to register

Saturday, January 9
Alumni Women's (5:30 pm) and Men's (7 pm) Basketball Games in IHS Gym, followed by post-game gathering at Pippa's

Monday, January 11
Alumni Association Meeting - 7:30 p.m.
IHS - Conference Room

Saturday, March 5
50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony
Ethan Allen Hotel • 6:30pm
Registration Info Coming Soon!

Saturday, April 2
The Golden Gala
Amber Room Colonnade

Friday, April 8
Career Day




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Kathryn (Katie) Hartsburg Bernet is the daughter of former long-time IHS English teacher Mrs. Susan Hartsburg. Katie works for the Government Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. and shared an internship opportunity with IHS.  The GAO (Government Accountability Office) is currently hiring undergraduate and graduate student interns for summer 2016. Read the position description and application information for Student Volunteer Interns here. Deadline for application is 12/31/15.

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