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Fenwick hosts three annual institutional fundraising events that support Fenwick’s annual giving program.


Blackfriars Gala

Held annually in spring, the Blackfriars Gala is Fenwick’s largest community event. It is a dinner dance and auction that is a celebration of all things Fenwick, including honoring Fenwick Hall of Fame inductees and the recipient of the Lumen Tranquillum award.

The Blackfriars Gala is also a significant contributor to Fenwick’s annual giving program (a portion of the proceeds).

This year’s Blackfriars Gala is on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook. The Hall of Fame inductees are Loretta Cooney, past parent, long-time Board member and active Fenwick community volunteer, and Joe Selvaggio ’55, an early social entrepreneur and philanthropy innovator. Ramzi Farran, recently retired, long-time and beloved Fenwick chemistry teacher, is the recipient of the Lumen Tranquillum award. Learn more about the honorees here.


Friar Classic Golf Outing

Held annually in June, the Friar Classic Golf Outing is a fun Friday of golf, friendly competition, camaraderie among Fenwick alumni and friends of all ages, and a wonderful way to support Fenwick’s annual giving program (a portion of the proceeds).

This spring’s Friar Classic is Friday, June 9, 2017, at White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, IL.


Pass the Torch

Held annually in the fall, the Pass the Torch golf outing is a premier golf event. In addition to an afternoon of golf at a highly regarded local course, the evening program honors a multi-generation Fenwick alumnus/a who exemplifies the ethos of “lead, achieve and serve.” By the example of his/her life, the recipient of the Torch award personifies what it means to pass the torch—of servant leadership, of Dominican values, of the enormous positive impact of a Fenwick education—to the next generation.

Pass the Torch also supports Fenwick’s annual giving program (a portion of the proceeds).

This year’s Torch is on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, IL.

The Impact of Your Gift

Your gift strengthens the mission of Fenwick High School—"to inspire excellence and educate each student to lead, achieve and serve"—and furthers the 800-year-old legacy of the four core spiritual values of the Dominicans:


Gift acknowledgements for event participation will include the charitable portion of any ticket prices or registration fees that are above and beyond the cost of the event. Per IRS regulations, gift-in-kind donations of auction items or services will be acknowledged with a written description of the gift or service. The donor and his/her tax advisor should determine a value for charitable gift purposes.

For further information about the Blackfriars Gala, please contact Special Events Manager Marilyn Frisz at or 708-948-0307.

For further information about the Friar Classic Golf outing, please contact Director of Alumni Programming Cameron Watkins at or 708-386-0127 ext. 162.

For further information about Pass the Torch, please contact Assistant Director of Sponsored Events and Alumni Programming Mark Laudadio at or 708-948-0321.

Thank you for your support of Fenwick High School!