Alumni Dan and Tracey Vogen to Chair Caritas 2019

Tracey and Dan Vogen are surrounded by children Jenna, Tyler and Allie.

The next University of St. Francis Caritas Scholarship Ball, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, will welcome Tracey (Carmack ’92) and Dan Vogen ’93 as event chairs.

The 62nd annual event will be celebrated at the Renaissance Center in Joliet, Ill. Caritas is one of the longest-running black-tie events in the Joliet area and raises support for student scholarships. It has succeeded in raising more than $5 million in assistance since its inception – including almost $1.7 million in the last five years.

Dan serves as a global business executive for Bentley Systems in Lisle, Ill. He has led teams in the U.S., Europe, Australia and India in executing global project implementations in technology software for infrastructure and transportation logistics. After graduating from St. Francis as a double major in both MIS and accounting, Dan went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology while working for C.W. Beilfuss and Associates. An avid supporter of higher education, Dan is serving his 10th year as a College of Business Advisory Board member at USF. This role allows Dan to use his industry experience to mentor current business students through activities such as the senior capstone project.

Saints Sweethearts, Dan ’93 and Tracey ’92 Vogen will chair the 62nd Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball to benefit student scholarships at USF.

During her time as a student, Tracey went through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and was confirmed at St. Francis. She graduated with a B.S. in computer science, then earned a master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. She was a developer, and is now a project manager, for Bentley Systems.

Partnering with and supporting higher education is important to the Vogens. It only took attending one Caritas Scholarship Ball for the couple to begin serving on the committee. They now believe the timing is right to give back as event chairs, especially since the “Saints Sweethearts” met at USF and will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary shortly after the 2019 Caritas Scholarship Ball.

“Caritas has been a great avenue through which we can play our small part in helping the university continue to provide a great learning environment, and make a college education and life changing experiences available to the next generation of students,” said Dan. “Tracey and I have seen what our education from USF has done for us. There is only one purpose of the Caritas Scholarship Ball, and it is the students.”

Dan and Tracey have three children. Tyler will be a junior in college and is a mechanical engineering major; Allie will be a senior at Plainfield Central High School and is looking forward to studying speech pathology in college; and Jenna will be a sophomore at Plainfield Central High School.

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