Caritas Will Return to USF Campus for Centennial in 2020

March 7, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

As part of a year-long schedule of festivities in celebration of its centennial in 2020, the University of St. Francis (USF) has announced it will bring the annual Caritas Scholarship Ball back onto campus for one year next January. Caritas: A Centennial Scholarship Gala will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Pat Sullivan Recreation Center located on the main USF campus (500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435).

“We are excited to bring Caritas back onto campus for one year as a component of our plans to celebrate the University’s centennial,” USF Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kristin Short said. “This event will not only allow us to continue raising vital scholarship dollars for students, but it will also serve as a vehicle through which we can celebrate the history of Caritas and, most importantly, the 100-year history of USF.”

In the past six years, Caritas has raised over $1.9 million in scholarship support (over a quarter million was raised through last year’s event alone). These funds go on to help make a USF education possible for so many students.

USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., and his wife, Anne, will host the event, and Diane (Felbinger ’77) and Bill Habiger, and Gloria and Ed Dollinger will serve as event chairpersons. Information about the University’s centennial celebration plans will be released in the coming months and will be made available at and through a variety of University communication channels.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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