Toll Society Members Celebrate the Legacy of John Toll
Reception at Stony Brook on March 24
toll receptionDeborah Toll, wife of the late Stony Brook University President, John Toll, was the guest of honor at the John S. Toll Heritage Society reception at the Wang Center on March 24. The reception was a celebration of John Toll's legacy, as well as the generosity of Toll Society donors, their legacies, and legacy giving. More than 80 alumni and friends of the University gathered to enjoy good food, great company and special seating for Hooray for Hollywood at the Staller Center.

The evening began with Deborah's remembrances of Stony Brook's early days, and our journey to becoming one of the nation's top public academic research universities. Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed the musical talents of three musical Staller Scholar recipients.

Ralph Fresolone, an attorney with Tartamella, Tartamella & Fresolone, spoke of the lasting impact of his clients and dear friends, Phil and Carolyn McGrath, who made a bequest of nearly $400,000 to both the Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital and the Cody Center for Autism Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Their gift was matched by the Simons Foundation and an anonymous donor for a total impact of $1.57 million. Fresolone was able to assist the McGraths in their intention to devote a major portion of their estate to the care of children by helping them to make a bequest to Stony Brook Children's and the Cody Center.

To cap off the reception, Ava Nicolleto '14 who is this year's Amie Hanes Memorial Scholarship recipient, spoke about how her scholarship has transformed her life, and Richard Vaudrey '12, Staller Scholar Cellist, spoke of the impact Stony Brook donor's have had on his future. The evening concluded with a performance of Hooray for Hollywood at the Staller Center for the Arts.

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