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Vito and Patricia Gagliardi will be inducted into the Union Catholic Hall of Fame on Saturday

Vito and Patricia Gagliardi will be inducted into the Union Catholic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30. Credits: Photo courtesy of Union Catholic

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Vito and Patricia Gagliardi, two of the biggest supporters to Union Catholic’s mission, will be inducted into the UC Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Gagliardi’s, who live in Mountainside, gave their two sons the gift of a Union Catholic education, Vito III ‘12, and Greg ‘13, and have remained steadfast in their involvement at the school.

Patricia, born and raised in Philadelphia, attended Archbishop John J. Carroll High School before attending Rutgers where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Then she received her Juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA.

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Patricia, who she’s served on the Mountainside Planning Board, the Holy Trinity Interparochial Advisory Board, and the School Council for the Archdiocese of Newark, has been a member of the Union Catholic School Consultative board Since 2011, serving on the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Governance Committee.

Vito Jr., who graduated from Johnson High School in Clark, attended the University of Notre Dame, where he served as Executive News Director and assistant Sports Director for WVFI-AM and WSND-FM. He earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Mr. Gagliardi, currently Managing Principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, has represented numerous school districts including Union Catholic in various legal matters. He recently earned the Chief George C. Tenney Service Award given by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

Vito serves on the Union Catholic Sports Committee, is a guest lecturer in the Digital Journalism class, and volunteers as a color commentator for the livestream broadcasts of Union Catholic’s varsity basketball games. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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