Special Events


One of the oldest black tie events in the Will County area, Caritas, founded in 1958, is a major fundraiser for the university. Each January, the Recreation Center is transformed into a ballroom and 500 guests are treated to a themed event. Caritas features top entertainment, gourmet cuisine, the university’s own online auction of luxury items and an exciting raffle. Caritas has raised more than $3 million for scholarships. For more information about Caritas, call (815) 740-3826.

For more information about Caritas, visit us at www.stfrancis.edu/caritas


Brown and Gold

University of St. Francis Athletics has hosted the annual Brown & Gold dinner and speaker for more than three decades. The event, held during the fall semester, features a well-known speaker from college or professional sports, like an athlete, coach or commentator. Brown & Gold includes a buffet-style dinner and an auction featuring sports memorabilia, tickets and more. Funds raised benefit USF student-athletes, many of whom volunteer to work the event.

To view a history of Brown & Gold speakers click here.

For more information on USF athletics click here.


Spirit of Christmas

Listen to holiday music, commercial-free, 24 hours a day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s with Spirit of Christmas on WCSF 88.7 FM, the student-run radio station at the University of St. Francis. More than 200,000 listeners in the greater Will County area listen to Spirit of Christmas, which began in 1992. Christmas classics, music from the big band era and children’s songs are featured, as well as gospel interpretations, vocal instrumental arrangements and contemporary holiday music. Local choirs and bands may also be heard. For more information about Spirit of Christmas, call WCSF (815) 740-3214.

To listen to WCSF “live” on the Internet, click here.


Pat Sullivan Golf Outing

June means golf to University of St. Francis athletic alumni and friends. The annual golf outing brings 40 foursomes together at an area golf course. It’s a shotgun start that begins a day of fun and camaraderie. A continental breakfast and dinner are included, along with plenty of prizes. The golf outing is a fundraiser for USF Athletics. For more information, call (815) 740-3464.