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IHC planning second annual Founders’ Day dinner


For $50, one can have an elegant dinner and commemorate a 132-year-old Jefferson County tradition.

Immaculate Heart Central School will hold its second annual Founders’ Day dinner at 7 p.m. on April 27 at Savory Downtown Cafe at the Best Western Carriage House Inn, 300 Washington St., to support private school education while celebrating history and the community. Cocktails will be offered beforehand at 6 p.m. The event is black-tie optional.

“IHC has been a landmark in this community for well over a century,” said Executive System Administrator Christopher E. Hornbarger. “We thought that would be worth celebrating. We also wanted to celebrate the Sisters of St. Joseph.”

Last year, 160 guests at the event helped raise more than $23,000 for the school’s endowment.

Mr. Hornbarger hopes to have 200 attendees this year.

All proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Immaculate Heart Scholarship Fund.

“Last year, it went to the endowment, but this year we wanted a more immediate impact in the community,” Mr. Hornbarger said.

He said space is limited and encourages those who hope to attend to make reservations soon.

“More important than the fundraising goal, it is more about community-building,” Mr. Hornbarger said.

Four Immaculate Heart alumni — Rose Frattali, James M. and Elizabeth J. Coughlin and Melvin J. Busler — will be honored at the event for their professional achievements as well as for their service to the school and community.

Mr. Hornbarger said the event committee had been whittling down the award winners from the time its members started planning the event in September.

“Next year, we’re going to solicit nominations from our entire alumnus community,” he said.

Additionally, a few works of art and craftsmanship made by members of the IHC community will be offered in a silent auction.

Mr. Hornbarger said those who cannot attend the dinner are welcome to sponsor a dinner for a sister of St. Joseph or a school staff member.

“Obviously, you don’t have an institution last 130 years and not be an integral part of what it is to live in Watertown,” said Mr. Hornbarger. “We’re strengthening bridges with the community, because we feel we are an integral part of the community.”

Information about the event can be found on the school’s website, To reserve a seat by April 17, call 221-3785.

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