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January • 2016 e-Newsletter


COME BACK ~ RECONNECT ~ GIVE BACK…Our alumni continue to live the motto of the IHS Alumni Association.  We saw alumni come back over the last month for events such as the Alumni Hockey Game, the Alumni Basketball Game and the Alumni College Panel.  We also had our first monthly Alumni Association meeting of the year, which was filled with enthusiasm for the many events and initiatives in the year ahead.  The ‘70’s decade led the way in our Alumni Giving Challenge, which resulted in two classes tying for the lead in Immaculate Fund participation. Congratulations to the Classes of ’72 and ’78!!!  They will all be invited to our Leadership Recognition Reception next fall. Thank you to all alumni who have donated to the fund. Our fiscal year closes on June 30, so there is still time to help IHS reach its annual goal. 

We are grateful for your ongoing support and prayers as we look forward to the year ahead.  We have many exciting events, which continue the 50th Anniversary celebratory year.  Please join us at the Athletic Hall of Fame event on March 5, and/or the Golden Gala on April 2.  We will conclude our year-long celebration with the 50th reunion of the Class of ’66 on June 4th...our first Golden Mustangs!  As the number of classes holding reunions each year continues to grow, we hope that if you are from any of the classes in the 1’s or 6’s, that you will reach out regarding a reunion for your class in the coming year.

Lastly, with a sophomore at Immaculate and an incoming freshman, I can tell you firsthand how great Immaculate is doing today…academically, spiritually, on the fields and stage, and in giving back to our community.  My 8th grader joined countless other accepted students to the Class of 2020 at a reception at Immaculate this week. The number of legacy families looks to be growing, as I saw so many alumni in the crowd with their incoming freshman!  If you are interested in learning more about Immaculate’s admissions process, please contact Tom Burns, Director of Admissions at (203) 744-1510 x148.

Thank you for all you do for IHS!

Warm regards,

Denise (Henry) Suarez '87
Director of Alumni Relations



David Cappiello ’86, pictured left with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, was recently featured in a News Times article (click here), announcing David’s plans to start his own consulting firm in Danbury.  With a five-year, $25 million campaign coming to an end at Ability Beyond Disability, David will be opening a government relations and consulting firm. The focus will be state, local and federal government relations (lobbying) and consulting/business development, representing businesses, non-profits, and associations who need help in navigating the various levels of government.

After graduating from Immaculate in 1986, David went on to graduate from Western CT State University with a B.S. in Justice and Law Administration. Prior to joining the Ability Beyond team, David served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus in 2009, and as Campaign Manager for U.S. Senate candidate, Linda McMahon, in 2010.  He served five terms as Connecticut State Senator. First elected in 1994 to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Danbury’s 138th District, Senator Cappiello served two terms before being elected to the State Senate in 1998. Prior to his service in the state legislature, he was elected to the Danbury City Council in 1993.

For several years, Senator Cappiello held the position of Deputy Minority Leader.  As a legislator, David has been recognized by a number of organizations for his legislative and community accomplishments.  In 1995, he was nominated by the Danbury Jaycees for the Distinguished Service Award and served as the Education Chairman for the United Way in 1998.  In 2003, the March of Dimes honored him for his longtime dedication to improving the health of newborns, and was recognized by the Connecticut AARP in 2006.  The American Red Cross of Western Connecticut honored Senator Cappiello in 2001 for his outstanding supportive efforts towards Disaster Relief Services post 9/11.  He was also a recipient of the WeCAHR 2003 Public Service Award, the National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business Award, as well as numerous other honors from organizations such as the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, the American Heart and Lung Associations, the Connecticut Association of Non-Profits,  and Connecticut Community Providers. 

David currently serves as Vice Chair of the Immaculate High School Advisory Board, and was formerly the Vice President of the Alumni Association and a member of the Development Committee.  He lives in Newtown with his wife Christine and their two sons, Jack (10) and Jude (8), both of whom attend St. Rose of Lima School.

In regards to his experience at Immaculate, David shared, “I credit much of my success in life to the educational, moral and spiritual foundation that I received during my four years at Immaculate.”  He added, “I am also fortunate to say that the closest friends I made in high school are still my closest and most-trusted friends today.”

David shows his gratitude to his alma mater by sharing his time, talents and treasures with Immaculate.  Whether it be serving on a committee, attending the Gala or annual golf outing, or sponsoring scholarships to help enable students to experience the same gift of an Immaculate education that he received.  For all of the above, we are grateful to David and wish him much success in his new venture.  Mustang Pride!


Alumni College Panel

Alumni from the Class of 2015 re-visited Immaculate to share their first semester experiences at Villanova, Notre Dame, Manhattanville College, Marquette University, Southern University, Charleston College, Cornell University, Roanoke College, American University, Fordham University, Syracuse University, Mt. St. Mary's College, University of New Haven School of Criminal Justice, Providence College, Catholic University and Massachusetts College with students of the Classes of 2016 and 2017. Read More.

Alumni Hockey Game

Over 20 alumni participated in the annual game on December, 26 at the Danbury Ice Arena. Each year, our alumni play against the current team.  It is wonderful to see the camaraderie between past and current players before, during and after the game! Just prior to the start of the game, everyone joined together for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the new NFI locker room. Thank you to Coach Larry Vieria for helping to organize the game and for all of his efforts, and the efforts of many volunteers, in constructing a first-class locker room for our team!
Alumni Basketball Game

Our annual Alumni Basketball Game saw many alums return to the IHS gymnasium, from the '70's through the '10's!  The teams were led by former coaches Dan Murphy and Bob Nelson.  It was a great game, with many fans cheering our alumni on (and, yes…they’ve still got game)!  Thank you to Ken and Kenny Decker for organizing this annual favorite.
If you would like to organize an alumni game, please contact our alumni office at


50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame - March 5th

We are excited to welcome a new class of inductees into the Hall of Fame, including the 1986 State Championship Football team, Nikki Baker ’06, Moira (Deakin) Finney ’93, Amanda Genova ’06, Paul Myott ’86 and Maureen Arsenault ‘69.  To register for the March 5th event, view sponsorship opportunities, or learn about special hotel rates, please visit  We invite all members of the IHS family to join us for this special opportunity to celebrate 50 years of Mustang Pride. If a former teammate is being inducted, please consider sponsoring a table at the event (includes 8 tickets) and showing your support!

50th Reunion - Class of '66 - The Golden Mustangs

We look forward to our first 50th reunion!  The Class of ’66 has booked the event at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury for Saturday, June 4.  All ’66 graduates will be invited to join us for Immaculate’s 50th Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 1st. A "Save the Date" email with more information will be going out next week. If you have contact information for anyone from '66, please email it to

The Golden Gala - April 2nd

Registrations are open for the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Amber Room Colonnade. Click here! Our 50th Anniversary Golden Gala Celebration, is an amazing event with fun activities, dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing! Please join us, as we honor Anthony M. Rizzo, Jr. with the Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Award and George F. Landegger with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Many alumni attend this annual event.  We hope that the 50th Anniversary celebration will bring an increased number of our graduates back for this special celebration.


Al Lupenski '80

Immaculate alumnus, Al Lupenski has been confirmed for promotion to brigadier general, a little more than a year after he began leading the 439th airlift wing.  President Barack Obama nominated Col. Lupenski for the promotion in November and the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination on December 10th.  Lupenski was commissioned to the military in 1985 and his career has been with the Air Force National Guard and Air Force Reserve. He was promoted to colonel in 2008. As cited in the article, Master Sgt. Andrew S. Biscoe commented, “It speaks of his leadership abilities. He has a considerable responsibility. It is one of the largest wings in our Air Force Reserve.”  Immaculate is proud of the Al’s accomplishments and grateful for his service to our country.

Abby Elliott '05 

One of our alumna has just landed a spot on Forbes annual “30 under 30” list.  Congratulations to Abby Elliott ’05!  Abby was involved in fine arts/theater at IHS, playing the leading role in Grease as a senior.  As cited in a Bravo article, "Given how often she makes us laugh as Jill’s sister-in-law Brooke Bon-Weber on Odd Mom Out, we’re not in the least bit surprised that the Saturday Night Live vet is being honored by the publication.”  Congratulations, Abby!  We look forward to watching you on Odd Mom Out.

Ian Smith '87


IHS alumnus, Ian Smith, is a #1 bestselling author, physician and TV personality! With 12 books to his name, best-selling author Dr. Ian Smith knows how to motivate people to "shred" the pounds. Now he is sharing more health and fitness tips with his latest book "The Shred Power Cleanse."  In recent weeks, Ian has been spotted on Fox and Friends, The View and Live with Kelly & Michael, among other shows. Congratulations, Ian and best wishes for continued success.


Alumni Giving Challenge Results

The gauntlet was thrown and the '70's met the challenge!  We have co-champions, with the Classes of '72 and '78 both achieving a 5% Immaculate Fund donor participation rate for the first half of our fiscal year. This spirit-filled class giving challenge pitted the classes of 1966 through 2015 against each other to see which could earn the highest participation rate. Please click here to see the final results. The winning classes will be invited to our annual Leadership Recognition Society Reception in the fall. The reception recognizes and celebrates the leaders of our annual fundraising success.

There is still time to help your alma mater meet our annual Immaculate Fund goal. Click here to make your donation today. Thank you for your support!


Calling all #MustangMates!!! Whether you met in homeroom, at a school dance, or at a reunion years later, your connection to Immaculate High School is what brought you together.  As we look to build our February Alumni Newsletter, we are looking for pictures and stories from IHS alumni couples! We know that there are many of you out there, so please help us tell the story in next month’s issue by emailing our Director of Alumni Relations at Or, just send a picture with your names! #MustangMates


Would you be interested in joining the Immaculate High School Alumni Association as a Class Representative? The Association is a very active body of alumni that meets monthly to do the work of sustaining the mission of serving our alma mater, while serving each other.  It is an exciting time in our association and our school  We would love for you to be a part of it!  We are currently seeking Class Reps from the following classes:  ’67, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’75, ’78, ’80, ’82, ’85, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’09, ’12 and ’14.  If interested in joining our group (note: you do not need to attend every meeting), please contact our Director of Alumni Relations at

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 22
Alumni Association Meeting
Main Conference Room • 7:30pm 

Saturday, March 5
50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony
Ethan Allen Hotel • 6:30pm
Register today by clicking here!

Saturday, April 2
The Golden Gala
Amber Room Colonnade

Friday, April 8
Career Day




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