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St. Thomas to Bestow Aquinas Medals

and Founders Awards at Annual Tribute Dinner!


(Sparkill, NY, September 29, 2010) –St. Thomas Aquinas College will bestow the Aquinas Medal upon James and Colleen Donaghy (Old Tappan, NJ), and the Founders Awards upon the Sr. Maureen Bradshaw, O.P. (Sparkill, NY), at the College’s Annual Tribute Dinner at the Hilton Pearl River on Friday, October 15, 2010. Tickets for this event are $300 per person. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James and Colleen Donaghy Scholarship and Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Scholarship Funds. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 845-398-4020.

Jim Donaghy is Chairman of Structure Tone and part of the founding family ownership of the company.  He has participated in every role within the company from plan clerk to vice president and prides himself on being a “hands on” principal.  Leading by example, he sits on the Board of Directors or is a committee member for United Way, Capuchin Food Pantries, Covenant House, the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Boy Scouts of America, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Colleen Donaghy serves as independent consultant to Food Matters NYC, an organization dedicated to culinary nutrition and nutrition counseling.  Prior to joining Food Matters NYC, Colleen worked at the Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties in New Jersey, facilitating early intervention strategies for children with developmental delays. There, Colleen spearheaded support groups for mothers with special needs children and in-home play therapy with siblings.  She also worked as an Assistant Director of an Adult Day Program for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia where she ran support groups for caregivers.  She is also a former member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities, where she served two years in the Children and Family division. 

Sr. Maureen Bradshaw, O.P. has been associated with Thorpe Senior Center since it opened in 1975, first as a volunteer and since 1978, as its Director.  Her specialty includes reaching out to all seniors and their families, visiting those homebound, and in hospitals.  She has worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of each person she encounters. 

 “Each of our honorees is an exemplary role model in their career and the College is pleased to recognize such outstanding individuals,” commented Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., President of the College.
The College has established more than 100 commemorative scholarships to benefit its students.  For more information on the College, its scholarship program, or to contribute to the one of the 100 Scholarship Funds, please contact the Office of Advancement at 845-398-4020.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located in Sparkill, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,700 full and part time students can choose from almost 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across five divisions: Humanities; Business Administration; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Teacher Education programs. For more information visit




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Sparkill, NY 10976



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