61st Caritas Scholarship Ball to be Celebrated Jan. 20

Jan. 4, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Tyler and Steph ’05 Qualio will chair the 61st annual Caritas Scholarship Ball to benefit student scholarships at USF. The black-tie event will feature live music, auctions and a live painting performance by a popular Chicago-based artist.

The 61st Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr., 60490. Hosted by the University of St. Francis, the Caritas Scholarship Ball is one of the oldest black-tie events in the area and has been raising scholarship funds for students that attend the university for six decades. It has succeeded in raising more than $4 million in assistance since its inception.

Event chairpersons this year are Tyler and Steph ’05 Qualio. Steph earned her teaching certificate from the university and views her time here as instrumental in getting her career as a middle-school art teacher underway.

“We are not sure how many people realize that over half of USF’s students are the first to go to college in their families,” said the Qualios. “These students often need financial assistance to make their dream of going to USF a possibility. Therefore, the scholarship money raised at Caritas directly impacts these trailblazers, and as an extension, our community as a whole.”

Each year, the University of St. Francis provides more than $19.4 million in institutional funds to aid students. More than 1,200 students at USF receive scholarships and 100% of the incoming freshman class receives some kind of financial assistance.

University of St. Francis President Arvid C. Johnson and his wife, Anne, will host the event.

“We are so grateful for the incredible generosity of members from the Joliet and Will County communities, which continues to inspire and affirm the important work that is being done by the University of St. Francis,” said President Johnson. He continued: “All Caritas donations are investments in our students, who are our future leaders.”

Every year at Caritas there is something new and exciting for guests to look forward to and this year is no exception.

“This year’s event will include a live painting performance by a well-known Chicago artist, a fantastic lineup of exclusive auction items and a focus on breaking up the long, cold month of January with great night of food, drink and laughter,” promise the Qualios.

The University of St. Francis would also like to thank gold sponsors Wintrust Commercial Bank, silver sponsors Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Brown and bronze sponsors Barnes & Noble, Bill and Diane Habiger and Hollywood Casino.

Reservations are required. Event tickets are $350 per person and seating is limited. To order tickets, please visit stfrancis.edu/caritas.

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 4,100 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.