Trustee Antoinette Petrocelli to be honored


Madison, NJ (March 20, 2015) — Assumption College for Sisters, Mendham, NJ, will honor FDU Trustee Antoinette Petrocelli at the 14th Annual Caring Basket Gala on March 26, 2015, at the Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ.

The gala event features a silent and oral auction, a gift basket raffle, cash raffle and unique wine pull. The gala is open to the public. For tickets and information or to make a donation, contact 973-543-6528 Ext. 227, email at or visit

The college will grant the Education Award to Antoinette Petrocelli of Mendham, NJ. Petrocelli demonstrates a deep concern for higher education in the State of New Jersey and beyond. With more than 30 years of experience in education, her passion and expertise is evident. She is an ardent admirer of the work of Assumption College of Sisters, recognizing the unique mission of the college in educating women from the U.S. and the developing world through sound academic and spiritual foundations.

A graduate of Hunter College, New York, and State University of New York at Geneseo, Petrocelli holds a master’s degree in education and taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She served for nine years on the North Brunswick Board of Education, holding the offices of President of the Board and Vice President for three years each.

Petrocelli is a Trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University, assuming the term of her late husband, Anthony J. Petrocelli. In recognition of the Petrocelli’s dedication to higher education and generosity, the University dedicated the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies in 2005.

Additionally, Ann is committed to her parish community, St. Joseph, Mendham as a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Human Concerns Committee. In discovering rewards in life, Ann says “Find something challenging; take initiative and you will stay interested and engaged. “


About Assumption College for Sisters

Assumption College for Sisters is a fully accredited two-year college which exists primarily to educate women called to consecrated life and of service in the Roman Catholic Church. Currently, 49 students are enrolled at the college, representing 12 different nations. Since 1999, the mission expanded to a global focus by educating women from religious communities located in Africa and Asia. Many international sisters come from developing nations wherein higher education, especially for women, is a challenge. As a result, since 2004, Assumption College for Sisters awarded 20-25 full scholarships annually to Sisters from developing nations.  

The Caring Basket Gala is a major funding event for the scholarship program. “As one can well imagine, the college relies on its friends and benefactors to make all this possible,” said Sister Joseph Spring. “Our motto ‘Teach a Sister…Touch the World,’ captures the true essence of the mission as our alumnae who serve throughout the world are equipped with the professional and ministerial skills needed for their great work.”

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