Spring Scholarship Gala

2019 Spring Scholarship Gala Photos

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2019 Saint Mary High School
Distinguished Patrons of the Year

Richard Pigott
Class of 1957

Richard is one of the most dedicated and committed Alumni Class Representatives, as well as, one of our most generous alumnus. Richard excelled as an attorney of law for 32 years at Prudential. Richard represented Prudential’s Real Estate Group, the largest real estate investor in the United States at the time. Richard credits the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary High School for preparing him for college and for being offered a full scholarship to attend Seton Hall University. Upon graduation, Richard briefly served in the United States Army before choosing to attend law school at Seton Hall. He married his wife Maureen in 1964 and began his successful career with Prudential.

William Einreinhofer
Class of 1970

Born and raised in Rutherford, William is the son of former Mayor of Rutherford, William A. Einreinhofer.  William developed a talent for writing when he was on the staff for the high school’s newspaper, The Highlander.  His passion for writing lead him to direct the documentary “Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began”.  The documentary traces the roots of American involvement back four years earlier to an unlikely place: Shanghai, China.  William had a successful career developing and producing programming for PBS News Hour, Good Morning America, and HBO.  William is a three-time Emmy Award winning producer and director.

Janet Mariano Merli
Class of 1968

Janet is the proud daughter of Vincent Mariano, Class of 1941, one of our first Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Janet’s career in higher education spanned 44 years at several institutions.  Janet recently retired from her position as Director of Financial Aid at Felician University. Janet returned to St. Mary as a volunteer to meticulously enter every graduate into our new alumni database. As a class representative for the Class of 1968, Janet played an integral role in organizing her class’ 50th Reunion this past fall.  Janet is married to Joseph Merli, retired Captain of the Rutherford Police Department. Janet and Joe have a 28 year old daughter, Bridget.

Christopher Brancato
Class of 2004

Chris has devoted his life to helping those in need and has worked with Catholic Charities in various capacities since he was a teenager.  Previously, he served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for the Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) and prior to that, he was the Director of the Fitzpatrick House Group Home in Pompton Lakes.   As Director of Development and Public Relations for DPD, he organized, grew, and chaired one of the largest and most successful golf outings in the world.

Chris earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in 2010 from William Paterson University. He is a past Board Member of the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) and a current Board Member of the Jefferson Township Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of the New Jersey Association of Fundraising Professionals, a Member of the Knights of Columbus (#3835 Our Lady of the Highway Council), a Rotarian, and a member of DPD’s People Need Friends Volunteer Group.  Chris and his wife, Jaclyn were recipients of the 2013 Diocese of Paterson, Vivere Christus Award for service and he was also the Paterson Federations 2017 Knight of Columbus of the Year for his service to the Order.