YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The ninth annual Shamrock Auction Dinner Dance hosted by the St. Patrick’s School Parent Association will be held Saturday, March 18, at Villa Barone in Mahopac. This year’s theme is “Masquerade.”
Since its inception, the Shamrock Auction event has raised more than $350,000, all directly benefitting the students of St. Patrick School. In years past, money raised has helped purchase a sound system for the gym, refurbish floors and purchase gym mats, promoted activities and school trips and supplemented educational programs. Last year, the auction raised money for the purchase of an iPad cart with 20 iPads for the lower grades to use with blended learning and technology education programs.
Every year at the event, the School Parent Association recognizes people who have dedicated time and resources to the school. Being honored this year are Laura Torrisi of Mahopac and Bob and Patty Girolamo of Yorktown.
Torrisi has been a teacher at St. Patrick’s School for more than 20 years and is currently the fifth-grade homeroom teacher and a sixth-grade math teacher. She started as a substitute teacher in 1994 and was quickly hired as the second-grade teacher. Torrisi grew under the mentorship of Sr. Teresa and Sr. Barbara for many years, and still keeps pictures of these two women in her classroom today. While she has taught for many years, one of Torrisi’s hallmark legacies was preparing her students for their sacraments of First Penance and Holy Communion.
In 2009, she was promoted to fifth grade, which allowed her the opportunity to prepare students for middle school. During her 22 years, she has had a tremendous impact on hundreds of children and families.
Bob and Patty Girolamo are parents of a large family at St. Patrick’s School. Bob started his time at St. Patrick’s in first grade and graduated in the class of 1970. As one of six children, he and all his siblings attended St. Patrick’s School, beginning when his oldest brother started first grade in 1959.
Bob and Patty have continued their love and support of Catholic education with their six children and will be finishing their St. Patrick’s enrollment in 2017 as their youngest daughter, Caroline, will be graduating this June. Each of their other children also graduated from St. Patrick’s: Katie (2001), Michelle (2004), Daniel (2007), Thomas (2010) and Emily (2014).
Bob Girolamo is an owner of the Girolamo Agency in Yorktown and Patty works for Westcop Therapeutic Nursery School.
This year, the School Parent Association is looking to raise money for a new science lab. The “Wish upon a Shamrock” science lab initiative is the school’s goal to add more resources and technology to the science program. If anyone is interested in attending the Shamrock Auction, helping the school through sponsorship or donations, or is interested in helping with the science lab initiative, please call St. Patrick’s School at 914-962-2211.