Thank you 26th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards Sponsors!

We are grateful for our 2022 sponsors!

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Jenny and Nick Semaca

 

SILVER SPONSORS

 

Rev. Albert Adamich
Eileen and Gordon Fitch
Mary Ann Harrington
Halpin Family.
Stephen and Margaret Lombardo
Patricia and Michael Musto
Mike and Mary Maloney
Anne Matz
Margaret A. Schermerhorn
Joseph C. Zuercher, Jr. and Julie Zuercher

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 

Denise Coughlin and Ralph Levy 
Therese Dokman
Mary Ann Ryan Dooley
Amy and Thomas Ewert
James and Kathleen Eaton
Michael J. Hogan
Carole and Don Kash
Ruth G. Lochner
Joan and Leo Marubio
Kathleen and Robert Murray
Rosemary and Leonard Palicki
Joanne Rooney
Kathleen and William Riordan
Daniel J. Raven and Wencke Braathen
Patricia L. Shaw
Timothy and Elizabeth Uligian

 

COPPER SPONSORS

 

Janet Cullen Abowd
Alfred and Amy Avakian
Rev. James Barrett

     - Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Gail A. Brandt
Charlene O'Donnell Baizer
Lynn and Benjamin Brand
Mary Beth and Michael Boland
Mary Jo and Hal W. Brewer
Joanne Bookstein
Peter J. Coffey and Molly Cavanaugh
Patricia and John J. Coffey III
Thomas V. Crowley
Peggy and Ken Cunniff
Marguerite Delacoma
Christopher Deger
Dolores Deasy
Bernadine Drasler
Dolores Deasy
Madelaine P Finn
Fabry, Inc.
Katherine Gehrke
Joseph B. Green
Rachel and John Heuman
Margaret and Daniel Henrick
Mary Ellen and John Healey
Chris and Susan Hofstad
Patricia Heidkamp
Judi Heikes
Maureen Hanlon
Patricia and James Johnson
Judith Janowiak
Joanne and Michael Kelly
Raymond and Susan Kehm
Maureen Kaucher
Paula Kowalkowski
Carole and Don Kash
Maureen Kaucher
Timothy J. and Janet F. Murtaugh
Siobhan O'Neill Meluso and Edgar Meluso
Helen Murtaugh
Carlotta Miller
Kathlyn Myers
Kathleen and Robert Murray
Madonna Rodgers McCutcheon
Maureen Garrity McCarthy
Pilar Meyers
Carmen Maso
Paul and Suzanne Betts
Rev. Robert H. Oldershaw
Edward and Maryjo Osowski
Marilyn Oetringer
Kathleen Beaulieu and James Peterson
Renate Reichs
Dorothy Rosch
Jean Ryan
Jean Ryan
Lizabeth Riggs
Mary Ryder-Marsden
Jerry Rhea
Rev. Michael Solazzo
Thomas and Gladys Smith
Ruth French Sender
Mark and Donna Smith
Elvira Steele
Nancy Sheila Simonian
Robert J. Schwendau
Joanne Spata
Anita Thies
James and Jean Welter
Iva Williams
Don C. Winslow

DONORS

 

Britta Bolin
Pamela J. Babler
Wilma and Claude Brown
Ludelle R. Castro
Annette Dluger
Mary Ann Ginocchio
Kimberly Borchers Jockl
Tim Johnson Landscaping, Inc.
Judith Kennedy
Janice and John Mayr
Marianne Littau and Jean O'Keefe
Kathleen and Richard Pfleeger
Mary Ellen and John Quinn
Theresa Randall
Mary Beth Schulien
Robert and Katherine Sherman
Arthur and Rosemary Whiteside

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Difficult Decision Regarding the 26th Annual Testimonial Dinner

 

Dear Friends,


Looking forward with an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Testimonial Dinner, previously scheduled for June 8, 2022, at the Park Ridge Country Club. It is with immense concern regarding the rising threat of Covid and the most recent escalation of cases, that we have come to this decision.
 
We are deeply disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to gather with you, our friends, and our supporters. However, we feel the health and well-being of those who mean so much to us, like you and your family, must be considered first and foremost.
 
The cash Raffle will still be held, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Noon, privately at the monastery during the Sisters’ lunchtime. This informal ceremony will be filmed and posted to our Website, for anyone to view at their convenience. Sponsors and Donors will be listed both in the next Sacro Speco and on our Website.
 
Those who were to be honored at this time, are very special people and each has truly helped to make the world a better place. We are most grateful to our Spirit of St. Benedict Awardee Jerome McDonnell, for sharing his time and talent to help us better understand the pressing need for conservation of our city, the Great Lakes, and the world. And through the efforts of our Monastery Green Team, the recipients of our Spirit of St. Scholastica Awards, Sisters Patricia Coughlin, Mary Melady, and Rita Nowak, we further understand and commit to the important work of caring for God’s creations.
 
Thank you for your most generous donation toward the care and support of our Sisters and their ministry. Given that we are canceling our event, please let us know if you would like us to return your donation. You have always been a wonderful friend to us and we would certainly understand.

With your support, together we serve the people of God, in the spirit of the Gospel. We remember you and your loved ones in our daily prayers and we give thanks for your presence in our lives.
 
Gratefully,

 

Judith Murphy, O.S.B.
Prioress

 

This annual fundraiser for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago begins with a cocktail reception & silent auction, followed by dinner, dessert, and the awards presentation.

As you know we will be honoring award-winning journalist, radio host, and environmental activist, Jerome McDonnell who will receive the Spirit of St. Benedict award at the Annual Dinner. 

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Additionally, we are very pleased to announce the Spirit of St. Scholastica Awardees who will be honored at the 26th Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, which will be held at the Park Ridge Country Club. Please join us in celebrating the "Green Team" who have worked tirelessly to ensure the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago continue to Care for God's Creation as outlined by Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si. Sisters Patricia Coughlin, Mary Melady, and Rita Nowak will be recognized for their environmental efforts and leadership for our community at this year's celebration.

There are plenty of opportunities to support the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago by attending the dinner and through ad book sponsorship, silent auction donations, and purchasing raffle tickets. Please view and download the Sponsorship Form here.

If you would like to RSVP to attend the dinner or purchase raffle tickets, please contact Joanne Spata.

For event sponsorship or questions, please call Joanne Spata at 773.764.2413 x233 or email her at jspata@osbchicago.org

 

We are grateful to everyone who participated in the 25th Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Park Ridge Country Club.  It was a great success, thanks to everyone who prayed, donated, or attended.  Next year's dinner will be on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Enjoy photos from the 2019 evening below or see the full album on our Facebook page here.

 

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Photos:

(row 1, left to right) (a) Photo of Sister Judith Murphy, OSB, and Sister Mary Melady, OSB (b) Ellen Samuelson and Sister Judith Zonsius, OSB (c) Honoree, Sister Benita Coffey, OSB with Sister Stella Akello, OSF and Honorees: Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB, Br. Michael Gosch, CSV and Fr. Corey Brost, CSV.

(row 2, left to right) (a) Members of the Schermerhorn family  (b) Maloney family table (c) SSA Chicago '69 alumnae with Sister Benita Coffey, OSB.

 

We are grateful for our 2019 sponsors!

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

 

C & C Power, Inc.

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Jenny and Nick Semaca

 

SILVER SPONSORS

 

Clerics of St. Viator
Patricia and Brian Abrams
Nancy P. Bryers and Jean Slifer
Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin
Carol and Jerome Crowley, Jr.
Joseph B. Green
Mary Ann Harrington
Sylvia Hourihane
Gary and Mary Ann Kono
Stephen and Margaret Lombardo
Judith Matz
Patricia and Michael Musto
Joanne and Patrick Rooney
Margaret A. Schermerhorn

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 

Alfred and Amy Avakian
Debra Bunnell
Carole and Don Kash
Judith Knorst, Ph.D.
Ruth G. Lochner
Mary and John Madden
Joan and Leo Marubio
Paul G. Matz
Shirley Rocco
Elizabeth A. Rochford
Eileen and Alan Samuelson
Anita Thies

 

COPPER SPONSORS

 

Matthew and Maria Ambre

Dorothy Andries

Margaret Barron

Paul and Suzanne Betts

William and Cheryl Blum

Mary Beth and Michael Boland

Joanne Bookstein

Judith Borchers

Lynn Brand

Mary Jo and Bill Brewer

Paul and Carol Brimstin

Judith Berger Byers

Brian Clarke and Margaret Feit Clarke

Peter J. Coffey and Molly Cavanaugh

Thomas and Sharon Coffey

Denise Coughlin and Ralph Levy

Patricia Cowhey and George Courtney

Christopher Deger

Leslie and D. E. Dickerson

Erin and Matthew Doubleday

Martha and Bob Drake

Betty Rose Fatur

Richard Fields

Chris Fox and Irene O'Ryan-Fox

Joan Frazier

Monique Paul  Garrity

Katherine Gehrke

Most Rev. Raymond E. Goedert

Alan Hauser

Richard and Ann Heidkamp

Margaret and Daniel Henrick

Chris and Susan Hofstad

Michael J. Hogan

Loretto and Charles James

Judith Janowiak

Mary Ann Jewell

Marguerite Jung

Joseph and Mary Ellen Kadleck

Maureen Kaucher

Mary Ellen Keenan

Nancy E. and Paul W. Kelly

Philip and Gaye Kenny

Kay and John Kyle

Rev. Karl Langsdorf

Jeffrey and Mary Ann Liautaud

Marianne Littau and Jean O'Keefe

Ruth G. Lochner

Daniel Maloney and Barbara Soricelli

David and Mary Malter

Judith Matz

Maureen McNamara

Katherine McSpadden

Colleen Medeiros

Pilar Meyers

Kathleen and Bob Murray

Mary Nahser

Rita and Ronald Nemchausky

John and Angela Oldershaw

Siobhan O'Neill Meluso and Edgar Andres Meluso Duarte

Judith A. Ordonez

Rosemary Palicki

Michael and Mary Penich

Lirio and Celynia Polintan

Brigid Pope

Arlene and Richard Porter

Jeff and SusanReuscher

Michael and Therese Reynolds

Kathleen and William Riordan

Shirley S. Rocco

Madonna Rodgers McCutcheon

Beverly and Robert Rowden

Mary Ryder-Marsden

Julie and Robert Sawyer

Mary Beth Schulien

Jeanne and John Schutz

Elizabeth Servatius

Leo and Olive Sheridan

Jeanine M. and Dean N. Silas

Mickey Smith

Anne Sobba-Brohan

Rev. Michael Solazzo

Jill Sorensen

Joanne Spata

Marietta Nolan Stevens

Terry Trapp

Teresita Maso Zdunek

Marianne Zelewsky

Agnes Zielinski and Mary Richardson

Joel and Linda Zienty

Benjamin and Priscilla Zintak

 

CONTRIBUTORS

Pamela J. Babler

Marilyn Izzo Ballard

Wilma and Claude Brown

Patricia Campion

Rev. Roger J. Caplis

Robert and Elizabeth Cornella

Chris Fox and Irene O'Ryan-Fox

Doris Haas

Anita Holmes

Rosanne Hugunin

Most Reverend Francis Kane

Maureen Kaucher

Eileen and Edward Kennedy

Robin M. Keyes

Bryan and Karen LeBlanc

Mary E. MacDonald

Evelyn Miks

Joanne Moore

Marie D. Mutz

Mary Nowesnick

Elizabeth and John Pinter

Gayle K. Porter

Mary Anne Quinn

Mary Ann Rushing

Robert J. Schwendau

Noranne and George Siemers

Patricia Glunz Spencer

Lourdes  and Romeo Taan

We are grateful for our 2019 auction donors!

 

Barbara Boland

Kathy Brady

Nancy Bryers

Helen Cameron

Chicago Bears

Chicago Cubs

Chicago White-Sox

Brian Clarke and Margaret Feit Clarke

Bill Conroy

Court Theatre

Carol and Jerome Crowley, Jr.

Mary Cunningham

Donna Dehnert

Peter Feit

Gibson's Restaurant Group

Mary Ellen and John Healey

Maureen Healy

Carole and Don Kash

Maureen Kaucher

Paula Kowalkowski

Lifeline Theatre

Catherine and James Liggett

Stephen and Margaret Lombardo

Lynfred Winery

Maureen Martin

Joan and Leo Marubio

Roberta Michaletz

Caroline Dehnert Moyer

Kathlyn Myers

Daniel J. Raven and Wencke Braathen

Renate Reichs

Rosalie Riegle

Kathleen and William Riordan

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Scandia Catering

John J. Shedd Aquarium

Joanne Spata

Elvira Steele

Union League Club of Chicago

Eugene and Katharin Vix

We are grateful for our 2019 ad book supporters!

 

Benedictine Oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery

Craig Bieganowski-Roberts Plumbing, Inc.

Bredemann Toyota in Park Ridge

C & C Power

Catholic Theological Union

Clerics of St. Viator

Fabry, Inc

Gibsons

Jan Kupiec, Broker Associate - SSA '74

National Decorating Service, Inc.

Daniel J. Raven and Wencke Braathon

Scheller Law LLC - Helen Scheller SSA '76

Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home