SXU alumnae meet for 25th Annual 49ers Luncheon
Graduates from old campus will visit SXU’s new 49th Street Gateway Arch
Chicago (Aug. 14, 2009) Alumnae from Saint Xavier University’s former 49th Street campus will meet for the 25th Annual 49ers Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Ridge Country Club in Chicago.
The event, which began as a casual gathering of four classmates who were wintering in Florida, attracts more than 70 alumnae each year. Attendees at this year’s luncheon represent class years from 1938 through 1960.
After the luncheon, the alumnae will board a shuttle to Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus to see the new 49th Street Gateway Arch, a replica of the one that welcomed people to the University’s old campus at 49th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.
Joan Guilfoyle ’39 has hosted this event since its inception.
“Walking through the Saint Xavier arch at 49th and Cottage gave me a feeling of being a very special person in a very special place,” Guilfoyle said. “When the arch honors old Saint Xavier, it honors all of us.”
In 2007, The University dedicated a grove of trees at the Chicago campus as “The 49ers Forest” in honor of the alumnae.
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