Caritas Raises Over a Quarter Million Dollars for Scholarships

February 4, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

The frigid, snowy weather on Saturday, Jan. 26 might have kept many people home for the evening, but over 230 University of St. Francis (USF) alumni and friends braved the elements to celebrate the 62nd Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball at the Renaissance Center in Joliet to raise scholarship funds for USF students.

“From our attendees and sponsors to our chairpersons and Caritas committee, we are extremely thankful to everyone who supported this year’s Caritas with their time, talent and treasure. For the sixth year in a row, the event raised over a quarter million dollars in scholarship funds that will go on to help make a USF education possible for so many students. That’s over $1.9 million in scholarship support in just six years!  What a wonderful affirmation of and support for the University of St. Francis’ mission from the communities we serve,” USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., said.

The event, chaired by USF alumni Tracey (Carmack ’92) and Dan Vogen ’93, included a wide variety of live and silent auction items and the music of the USF Jazz Ensemble and Chicago’s High Society Orchestra.

Next year’s Caritas will be a special event billed as a gala to celebrate USF’s 100-year anniversary. Event details will be shared on the university’s website,, in the fall.

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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