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Blackfriars Gala 2017

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On April 28th, we honored three prominent members of our community, participated in a lively and competitive live auction, and celebrated with nearly 600 of our Fenwick friends and family at the 65th Annual Blackfriars Gala.

We are grateful to announce that the evening raised over $450,000 (net) towards financial assistance for our talented and deserving students. We would like to thank you all for this accomplishment: our sponsors, donors, host families, committee members, student volunteers and our guests at the Gala.

At Friday morning’s Awards and Induction Ceremony, Mrs. Loretta Cooney, Mr. Joseph Selvaggio '55 and Mr. Ramzi Farran accepted their awards and addressed the student body.

Watch the Videos

Loretta Cooney

Joseph Selvaggio

Ramzi Farran

View the 2017 Blackfriars Video

You may order your complimentary photo from the event until June 30th. Please contact Chris Guillen to redeem.

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The Madrigal Singers and members of the Fenwick Orchestra kicked off the Awards & Induction Ceremony with a delightfully different musical performance of Aerosmith's "Dream On." 

"DREAM ON" VIDEO

The 65th Annual Blackfriars Gala was hosted by the families of Mr. and Mrs. James '77 and Deborah Hopkinson, and Mr. and Mrs. Brian '78 and Molly Liston.

Honorees

Lumen Tranquillum
Mr. Ramzi I. Farran

Fenwick Hall of Fame
Mrs. Loretta W. Cooney
Mr. Joseph K. Selvaggio ‘55

Read the Honoree’s Biographies

Make your nomination for next year's Hall of Fame and
Lumen Tranquillum here.
 

Hall of Fame

Lumen Tranquillum

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

 

PLATINUM
Mr. and Mrs. Robert, Jr. '70 and Loretta Cooney

GOLD
Cooney & Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Jr. and Judith Herbstritt
Mr. and Mrs. James '77 and Deborah Hopkinson
The Javors Family
Mr. and Mrs. Donald '53 and Joan Leone
Mr. and Mrs. Noel and Michele Moore
Mr. and Mrs. John, Jr. '76 and Kathleen Regan
Mr. and Mrs. Charles '72 and Teresa Wolande and Family

SILVER
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas '76 and Tracy Brooker
Mr. Richard and Ms. Lisa Cederoth
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick '83 and Mary Leone
The PrivateBank

BRONZE
Mr. and Mrs. Brian '77 and Caroline Joss
W & M Krug Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Walter '60 and Jane Morrissey
OneDigital Insurance
Ms. Janice Pyrce and Mr. Gary Kagan

FRIAR
Anonymous
Mr. and Mrs. Don and Mary Bartecki
Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Dawn Beneventi
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory and Mary Cappelli
Crotty & Schiltz, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph '94 and Joanna Esposito
Mr. and Mrs. Tom '72 and Monica Evon
Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Julie Jacobs
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Anna Livingston
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy '72 and Mary Beth Ocasek
Mr. and Mrs. Jim '68 and Maureen Marino
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Mary Mavrogenes
Mr. Patrick Mazza '58
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Carolyn Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Kimberly Trucco
Mark J. Walsh and Company

Wine Donors

Mr. and Mrs. Al '81 and Pam Capitanini
Mr. and Mrs. John and Rosa Castellano
Ms. Karen Cushing and Mr. David Kulhanek
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph '94 and Joanna Esposito
Mr. and Mrs. Donald '67 and Patricia Fitzgerald
Mr. and Mrs. David and Tracey Gau
Mr. and Mrs. Pierre-Louis and Suzie Giacotto
Ms. Deborah Gillespie and Mr. Charles Burbridge
Mrs. Rita Hanson
Mr. and Mrs. Rene and Maria Herrera
Dr. and Mrs. Matthew and Katherine Kelleher
Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Jaimie Kingwell
Mr. and Mrs. John and Angela Lisy
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Merrillee
 Lepore
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Susanne Malagoli
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Katie Mathews
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Mary Mavrogenes
Hon. and Mrs. Michael, Sr. and Patricia Mullen
Mary Ellen Penicook
Ms. Janice Pyrce
 and Mr. Gary Kagan
Mr. and Mrs. John, Jr. '76 and Kathleen Regan
Mr. and Mr. Sean '76 and Joyce St. Clair
Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Katherine Seavey
Mrs. Dolores Tedesco
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Kimberly Trucco
Mr. Wallace Whigham '56
Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Joanne Williams


Auction Donors


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Jr. '98 and Tara Campbell
Chicago Bears
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Helicopter Experience
Chicago White Sox
Chris Guillen Photography
Cindy's at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Mr. and Mrs. Michael '86 and Svitlana Creadon
Mr. Patrick Creadon '85 and Ms. Christine O'Malley
Mr. and Mrs. John and Patrice Decorrevont
Mr. and Mrs. Rick '76 and Jennifer Del Guidice
Mr. and Mrs. David and Jennifer Dowd
Mr. and Mrs. Dean and Maria Dussias
Frank Michael Jewelers
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Jane Gaffigan

Garland Flowers

Mr. and Mrs. David and Tracey Gau
Mr. Trevor Heffernan '04
Hyatt
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Mary Mavrogenes
Mr. Christopher Meegan '04
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel '82 and Mary Carol Murphy
Mr. John Polka
The Romano Family
Mr. Guy Sciortino
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy '74 & Alexis LeFevour
Special T Unlimited
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick '85 and Jane Walsh
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence '74 and Julie Wert
Mr. and Mrs. Charles '72 and Teresa Wolande
Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Lisa Zenk
 

The annual Blackfriars Gala brings the Fenwick community together to celebrate the successes of the institution and the benefits of a Dominican Catholic education. The gala also raises funds to ensure Fenwick’s sustainability and to create opportunities for our talented students in need of financial assistance. 

For more information, please contact Marilyn Nicodemo Frisz '98 at 708-948-0307 or mfrisz@fenwickfriars.com.