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Scarsdale Residents Play Big Role In Iona College Gala

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SCARSDALE, NY -- It should be one of the school’s most exciting events of the year when Iona College honors Mr. and Mrs. Mariano Rivera and Robert LaPenta next month.

The gala will be held Friday, April 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Members of the Gala Committee represent an impressive array of business executives and alumni.

This wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of a distinguished and dedicated group of business leaders and alumni including Scarsdale resident Bartley F. Livolsi ’70, ’75 MBA, Managing Director of Citigroup Global Markets.

Also noteworthy is that Alfred F. Kelly Jr., will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the gala. Kelly graduated from Iona in 1980 and received an MBA in 1981. He served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.

As part of the gala, the Riveras will receive The Blessed Edmund Rice Humanitarian Award for their extensive commitment to community service, while LaPenta will be presented with Iona’s Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual’s lifetime accomplishments.

This year’s honorees join a who’s who of prominent and successful leaders including Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York Governor Malcolm Wilson, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the New York Police Department, and the 15 Iona alumni lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala will support student scholarships. For more information, visit the dinner website online at

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