Villa Maria dedicates performing arts center

STAMFORD—The dedication and blessing of the Peggy O’Malley Performing Arts Center took place at Villa Maria School in Stamford on Friday, May 17 with Bishop Frank J, Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport officiating. Thomas and Mary Alice O’Malley from Greenwich have been generous benefactors to the school since their daughter, Peggy, attended Villa in the 1970’s.

Opening remarks were given by the head of school, Diane McManus. In the multipurpose room, the entire Villa Maria student body sang “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “My Shot” from Hamilton, and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

The honoree, her family and guests then proceeded to the hallway by the performing arts center where Peggy unveiled the plaque and the bishop did the blessing. A choir of eight students sang, “Children of Tomorrow, Children of Today.”  Peggy O’Malley unveiled her portrait in the performing arts center and gave remarks.

A power point expressing the school’s gratitude to the O’Malley family was shown for over 40 members of the O’Malley family and their invited guests, members of the congregation’s council, the head of the board and trustees, Villa Maria’s administration and teacher representatives and Peggy’s former teachers.

Villa Maria School is a non-profit, co-educational school in Stamford, Conn. serving students with learning disabilities.

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Pictured: Thomas O’Malley, Mary Alice O’Malley, Sister Carol Ann, Peggy O’Malley Sudderth, Richard Sudderth, and Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport.