Caritas brought “the sweet life” to USF

The University of St. Francis celebrated the 55th annual Caritas Ball on Jan. 28. This year’s event embraced the spirit of “La Dolce Vita,” transforming the Sullivan Recreation Center into a whimsical garden setting to warm the deep winter of January. Chairpersons are Tyler & Stephanie Qualio, of Shorewood.

Caritas is one of the oldest black-tie events in the region and has raised more than $3 million to fund scholarships and programs for University of St. Francis students. Chairwoman Stephanie Qualio, USF alumna and local artist, brought her special touch to “La Dolce Vita” (which means “the sweet life”) through stunning décor. At Caritas, USF also recognizes outstanding commitment to the institution and the greater community by bestowing the Caritas Community Care Award. The 2012 award recipient was Terry D’Arcy, president of D’Arcy Motors.

“The Caritas Award is an opportunity for the university and our greater community to recognize and thank special persons for their caring works,” said President Michael Vinciguerra.
D’Arcy has been involved with United Way, Will County Pillars Society, Joliet Park District Foundation, Right Moves for Youth, Joliet Franciscan Learning Center, Joliet Area Historical Museum, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center and Meals on Wheels.

As president of D’Arcy Motors, D’Arcy oversees one of the region’s largest automobile dealerships. His success as a businessman, though, has never overshadowed his unselfish support to numerous area organizations through both personal involvement and corporate sponsorships, according to Vinciguerra.

Professionally, D’Arcy served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association from 2000-2009 and was the chairman of the board in 2006. He also served as chairman of the Board of the Chicago Auto Show in 2007.

D’Arcy is a founding member of First Community Bank of Joliet and serves on its Board of Directors.

D’Arcy has received many notable awards including: Joliet Junior College’s J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award; Community Service Award from Illinois Parks and Recreation Association; Sam Walton Business Award; Philanthropist of the Year from the Southwest Suburban Philanthropic Network (SWSPN); United Way of Will County “Roger Osman” Distinguished Volunteer Award; and U.N.I.C.O. Person of the Year.

D’Arcy and his wife, Sue, reside in Shorewood, Ill. He is the father of four. His mother, Jeanette (O’Donnell) and brother Patrick are USF alumni.

“Caritas is made possible by the work of a creative committee that works almost year-round to plan and execute this very spectacular event for the University of St. Francis. We have a great time working together,” Tyler Qualio said.

The 2011 Caritas Committee included Jay and Lori Bergman, of Joliet; Scott, Jr. and Debra Crowther, of Shorewood; H. Richard and Christianna Hagen, of New Lenox; Mukund and Shirin Komanduri, of Aurora; Jason and Lexi Schladenhauffen, of Shorewood; Jeff and Shannon Serr, of Shorewood; Rod & Renee Tonelli, of Shorewood; and Tony and Kendall Villa, of Frankfort. H. Richard Hagen, Lexi Schladenhauffen and Tony and Kendall Villa are alumni of the University of St. Francis.