“We have a group of engaged volunteers, donors and parents who help the school and parish grow every year,” said Jill Nicolois, president of the school’s Endowment Committee. “The individuals in the Hall of Fame have bee the lifeblood of our school.”
St. Stan’s was founded in 1930. The St. Stan’s Players, a theater and music club made up of students, also performed at the event.
This year’s honorees included:
• Katie McCague grew up in Maspeth and attended Saint Stanislaus Kostka Grammar School, where she was active in cheerleading, softball, swimming and youth ministry. Her roots in St. Stanislaus span over 90 years, with great-grandparents Edward and Mary Gallagher, grandparents Ken and Margaret O’Grady, and parents Gerard and Rosemary McCague all members of the parish.
McCague is currently working at the OWL Academy Early Intervention Program as an ABA instructor. At St. Stan’s, she co-leads the St. Stan’s/Transfiguration Youth Ministry teen group.
She has also helped organize numerous fundraising drives for service personnel in Iraq and was an EM at Midway Nursing Home.
• Vincenzo “Vinny” LaPuma spent his early educational years at St. Stanislaus, where he developed a love for CYO basketball. He also played high school baseball at Cathedral Prep, where he won an MVP award and led the team to its first CHSAA City Championship.
In 2012, LaPuma obtained his NYS real estate license and joined the team at Nest Seekers International, one of the largest brokerage houses in the city.
What started out as a potential side gig quickly flourished into a booming career in real estate. LaPuma has sold over $50 million in properties in his short career at Nest Seekers and currently has over $20 million in exclusive listings in conjunction with top broker Ryan Serhant.
Over the years, he has donated time and financial resources to St. Stan’s to help keep it vibrant and thriving.
• Robert Flannery has lived in Maspeth for the past 27 years. During his childhood in Hampton Bays, he participated in track, winning multiple awards and setting a track record at his high school.
He brought his athletic and coaching skills to St. Stan’s, where he coached instructional basketball and his son Tyler and daughter Ryan Anne’s basketball teams for more than a decade.
He is a familiar face around St. Stan’s, helping at the school’s basketball program at Martin Luther nearly every weekend.
• Born in 1966 in Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Sicily, Nicoló and Rosalia, Father Robert Adamo is the second of two sons. He attended St. John’s University, where he pursued a degree in Business with a minor in Psychology.
In 1992, Adamo entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington to begin his formation for the priesthood.
Since being ordained in 1998, he has served the people of the Diocese of Brooklyn in Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bensonhurst, and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Windsor Terrace, having spent ten years there as the only assigned priest. He now serves as pastor at St. Ephrem in Dyker Heights.
Father Robert is also very much at home in the kitchen. With Lidia Bastianich as his model, he can match Rachael Ray any day with a 30-minute meal or compete with Martha Stewart in setting an elegant table and producing a six-course meal for ten or more.
In the company of good friends and good food, he is renewed and energized for more work among God’s people.
• Benita Brucia has been the school’s financial secretary for five years. Her primary responsibilities involve tuition management, working with families to access available financial aid programs, and assisting in the daily office routines.
After graduating from St. John’s University, she began a 44-year teaching career, 39 of which were at St. Benedict Joseph Labre School in Richmond Hill, followed by five years at St. Mary Gate of Heaven.
She credits her family and educational experiences for her strong desire to serve others through the Catholic school system.
• Brittany Madlinger, a graduate of St. Stan’s, attended Christ the King and then St. Joseph’s College in Clinton Hill. During her college years she worked for the Mets, giving her a great look from the inside at her favorite team.
She became involved in Youth Ministry in the seventh grade, enjoying all the meetings through high school.
Understanding that Youth Ministry at St. Stan’s meant so much in her life, she took on the task of helping lead the group as an adult. She says she knows she is making a difference in the lives of young people.
• Jolanta Neubauer was born in Poland and raised in Maspeth. She is co-chair of the Board of Directors for St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy, the group that manages the direction of the school.
As someone who was raised in Maspeth and attended Holy Cross School, she is a firm believer in the power of Catholic education and is committed to helping Catholic schools thrive.
She is also a member of Bishop DiMarzio’s Diocesan Pastoral Council, meeting quarterly to discuss guidelines for pastoral policy.
Neubauer has been coordinator of the Religious Education Program for the past 24 years, promoting the knowledge of faith and encouraging every child to do their best.
• Joe P. Arzaga is a familiar face around the church, as he has served as an usher in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church for 16 years. The church relies on the kindness of dedicated volunteers such as Arzaga. He enjoys welcoming parishioners to mass while serving the needs of his church.
Born in the Philippines and emigrating to the United States at the age of seven, Arzaga and his family settled in Greenpoint, where he was raised. He attended Salesian High School in Goshen, New York. He now resides in Maspeth.