Gala Honors Joan Hope MacNaughton

Joyce and Samantha Carrell, daughters of Joan Hope MacNaughton; Marty Bevilacqua, founding member of the De La Salle School; Gala honoree Joan Hope MacNaughton; Sen. Todd Kaminsky; De La Salle School Executive Director William Gault; and Past Executive Director of the De La Salle School Brother Thomas Casey

A good education can make a world of difference, and those who attended the De La Salle School’s 15th annual Spring Gala on May 12 played a vital part in changing the lives of young students.

Held at Chateau Briand Caterers in Carle Place, the gala helped support academic programs for economically disadvantaged students at the De La Salle School in Freeport. The Catholic school serves to provide a quality education for young men in grades five through eight.

The event honored Joan Hope MacNaughton, who has been involved as a volunteer and fundraiser at the De La Salle School for many years and as chairman of the school’s luncheon fundraisers, which have grown to welcome more than 300 guests. MacNaughton has actively volunteered at the school, teaching social dance to the students before the annual Mother-Son Valentine’s Dance and is a longtime member of the gala committee. In addition to her many charitable endeavors, MacNaughton is also the artistic director of Leggz Ltd. Dance in Rockville Centre.

The festive gala affair included a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, silent auction and basket raffles featuring a variety of prizes.

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Betsy Abraham
Betsy Abraham is senior managing editor at Anton Media Group and editor of The Westbury Times and Massapequa Observer. She also writes for Long Island Weekly.

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