Mara Sisters Lend Support to San Miguel Academy of Newburgh

Pictured below, L-R: Maureen Mara Brown - Greenwich, CT; Colleen Mara McLane - Harrison, NY; Ann Mara Cacase - Rye, NY; Father Mark Connell, executive director, San Miguel Academy of Newburgh; Sheila Mara - Stamford, CT; and Susan Mara McDonnell - Harrison, NY.

Pictured L-R: Maureen Mara Brown – Greenwich; Colleen Mara McLane – Harrison, NY; Ann Mara Cacase – Rye, NY; Father Mark Connell, executive director, San Miguel Academy of Newburgh; Sheila Mara – Stamford, CT; and Susan Mara McDonnell – Harrison, NY. Photo: Simon Feldman

The Mara family, owner of the New York Giants, has long been a supporter of San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, a tuition-free school for 68 ‘at risk’ boys in grades 5-8 that breaks the cycle of poverty through education.

Continuing with the philanthropic tradition, five Mara sisters recently attended the school’s annual Defying the Odds benefit dinner at the Westchester Country Club.

This year at the  “Defying the Odds” Dinner at the Westchester Country Club on October 26, 2017, the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, a school for at-risk boys honored  Helena & Gary Dulanski of Chappaqua, Gary Dulanski is president of The Dulanski Group in Purchase, NY;  William Porter of Sleepy Hollow, NY, who is also director of Admissions for the Harvey School in Katonah; Julie Pipolo of Newburgh, NY, owner of SkinWestchester, a Best of Westchester skincare salon in 2016, 2014 & 2013; and Joseph Sperduto of White Plains, NY, co-owner of Sperduto Spector & Company, CPA firm in White Plains.

San Miguel Academy of Newburgh is a tuition-free school for 68 ‘at-risk’ boys, grades 5-8, in what is called the ‘Murder Capital of New York. It does not receive funding from any institution – not the state nor NY Archdiocese. It needs benefactors who give time as well as financial contributions to stay alive. San Miguel has sent school has sent 68 boys to high schools and 40 to college.

“Our IMPACT Awards recognize not just financial contributions, but those of service and time because that is what it takes to keep us alive. Without their selfless work, and that of so many others, all of these young men would not be defying the odds stacked against them. I thank the entire Westchester, Fairfield and Orange county communities for their ongoing support of both time and money,” said Father Mark Connell, founder, SMAN executive director and director of the Graduate Success Program.


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