Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Virtual Ball, Live Entertainment, Live & Silent Auction, Raffles and Paddle Raise

In this special year, we are inviting our most loyal friends and alumni to join us for this year’s Virtual Caritas Scholarship Ball on Saturday, January 30, 2021. While we may not be able to see you in person, we still want you to dress up, grab some champagne and join us for an evening in celebration of the University of St. Francis and fundraising for student scholarships.

Caritas is one of Joliet’s longest-running black-tie events. USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., and his wife, Anne will be our hosts. This year’s theme is “From Our Home to Yours.”


You can purchase a ticket and attend the event virtually, make a donation, become a sponsor, host a watch party, and/or buy a raffle ticket(s). The first 100 registered guests will receive a USF champagne flute.

Event Registration

Please consider attending the event by purchasing a ticket ($100) which gives you exclusive online access to the Virtual Caritas Scholarship Ball. Once registered, you will receive information on how to join us virtually on the night of the event.

Watch Parties

For extra fun, you can host a watch party with 10 of your closest friends/family and you will receive a Caritas Watch Party Package. For those within 25 miles of the USF campus in Joliet, you will receive sparkling wine, 10 USF champagne flutes, and a USF charcuterie board delivered in a basket to your home. Otherwise, you will be mailed a USF charcuterie board.


Consider becoming a sponsor of our event and receive access to exclusive benefits. Sponsorship packages include special advertising opportunities on the USF website and during our presentation on the evening of the event. The $50,000 and $25,000 sponsorship levels include a 20-second live-stream video greeting/ad opportunity. Sponsorship levels of $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000 are also available with unique opportunities. Please contact Regina Block at for additional sponsorship information.

Raffle Prize

You could win a one-week stay at a three-bedroom, two-bath, waterfront condo in Clearwater Beach, Florida! Raffle tickets are one for $50 and three for $100. Raffle tickets will be included in the invitation. Please return your raffle ticket stub with your RSVP, or you can purchase raffle tickets online here.


For over sixty years, the annual Caritas Ball has served as USF’s primary fundraiser for student scholarships. We know how important of a role this financial support has when it comes to making a college education possible for USF students. Each year, the University of St. Francis provides over $20 million in institutional financial aid for more than 1,200 students, many of whom are first-generation college students. These scholarships make a difference for many students who may not be able to attend and obtain a college degree. Click here to donate now.


Gold Sponsor

wintrust bank logo

joliet bank and trust logo

Silver Sponsors

Diane and Bill Habiger

darcy logo

Bronze Sponsors

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Jay & Lori Bergman—First Secure Community Bank of Joliet
Busey Bank
Crowther Roofing & Sheet Metal
Gloria & Edward Dollinger
Johansen & Anderson, Inc.
Cheryl & Kevin McCarthy
Sentinus, LLC
Streitz Dental Arts—Stephanie & Daniel Streitz, DDS
Patricia & Robert Wheeler


Please direct all Caritas questions to Kelly Larson, Director of Annual Giving, at 815-740-3610 or