GREENWICH, Conn. – Cathy Lavaty will be installed as the grand marshal of the 42nd annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade by the Greenwich Hibernian Association on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the organization’s annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance.
The parade will be held on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
Lavaty is a lifelong resident of Greenwich. She graduated from St. Mary Grammar School and St. Mary High School before attending Berekley Business School in White Plains, N.Y. After graduation, she went to work for the National Broadcasting Company in New York where she worked for 38 years before she retired in 2005.
At NBC, she worked in the news division as program manager for the Nightly News, then the Today show and finally, for Dateline.
She is involved with her church, St. Mary of Greenwich, both as a trustee and as chair of the parish social concerns committee. She is a board member of the NBC New York Employees Federal Credit Union and is also a board member of the Today Show Charitable Foundation, Inc.
She met her husband, Walter Kelly, a retired New York City police officer, on St. Patrick’s Day 1975. They were married in 1980. When not overly busy at home, she and her husband enjoy their second home on Cape Cod. Last September, they made their first trip to Ireland. Her Irish roots go back to her grandparents, George and Catherine Kelly, who came from County Cork in the late 1800s.
The dinner dance will be held at the Redmen’s Hall, 17 East Elm St. For ticket information and parade updates, visit Greenwich Hibernian’s website here .
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