East Village, N.Y., May 17, 2018 – Nearly 700 guests attended La Salle Academy’s 27th Annual Spring Gala at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan on Thursday, May 10th, which raised nearly $1.8 million and counting for student scholarships compared to just over $1 million generated at last year’s Gala. As a result, La Salle is on pace to cap off the 2017-18 academic year with approximately $2.7 million in total fundraising revenue, making it the most successful funding period in La Salle’s 170-year history.

The evening celebrated the school’s successes over the past year including a 99% college acceptance rate for La Salle’s Class of 2017, an additional floor of their school building, a third consecutive wait-list freshman class, accreditation as a National Blue Ribbon School from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and an exceptionally positive review by the Christian Brothers of the District of Eastern North America in the Lasallian Mission Assessment Process.

“La Salle’s 27th Annual Spring Gala was a major success thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our alumni, donors and friends,” said Dr. Catherine Guerriero, President of La Salle Academy. “They allow us to relentlessly and successfully carry out the school’s mission to provide a high-quality Catholic education to young men most in need. Our goal is to make sure that no young man is turned away from La Salle because of his family’s inability to pay.”

Salvatore LaRocca ‘82, Chairman of La Salle’s Board of Trustees, served as emcee for the evening as well as Co-Chair of the event alongside fellow La Salle alumnus Vincent S. Tese ’60, Executive Chairman, Florida Community Bank. LaRocca said, “The hard work and tireless efforts of Dr. Guerriero and her team are incredible. I am beyond proud to serve my alma mater as Board Chair and especially proud to be part of this fantastic event each year.”

The 27th Annual Spring Gala honored four distinguished men for their constant support and extraordinary commitment to La Salle: Brother Ralph J. Darmento, F.S.C., Deacon James A. Detura, R.Ph. ’74, Robert G. Schoenberger ’68 and T. Howard McGee, Ph.D. ’58.

2018 marks 170 years of La Salle Academy providing a rigorous, college-preparatory Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition to those most in need. For more information about La Salle, please contact Ismini Scouras at 212-475-8940 ext. 204, email [email protected] or visit


The mission of La Salle Academy, a rigorous college-preparatory high school, is to educate students of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds with special out-reach to those most in need. We provide a nurturing environment, which fosters spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional and physical growth in the Roman Catholic tradition and the Lasallian spirit, as embodied in St. John Baptist de La Salle. We create experiences of community within the school and encourage each student to develop their gifts and talents for their own growth, as well as engage in the caring service of others, through its academic, extra-curricular and spiritual programs.