Saint Xavier University President’s Scholarship Ball a night to remember
Ball breaks all previous records with more than 700 guests
Chicago (April 23, 2007) – More than 700 guests of Saint Xavier University attended the 22nd annual President’s Scholarship Ball in Chicago’s Field Museum on Saturday. Dining and dancing among elephants, massive statuary and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, attendees enjoyed the historic grandeur of the museum while listening to the music of the Ron Bedal Orchestra. Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke was honored with the Shield of Saint Xavier for his service and generosity to the city’s Catholic institutions. Total proceeds exceeded $350,000, a record amount. Net proceeds from the Scholarship Ball benefit the Presidential Scholars Program at Saint Xavier University.
“The 22nd annual President’s Scholarship Ball exceeded our expectations,” said Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “Moreover, we were delighted to honor one of Chicago’s most respected leaders, Alderman Edward M. Burke, for his support of academic excellence, social concern, a personal quest for learning, and a commitment to service. We are also grateful to our Ball Co-chairs, Trustees Daniel Curley and The Honorable Terrence Duffy and their spouses, Maureen Curley and Jennifer Duffy, who contributed so much to the success of the Ball and the most worthy cause that it supports.”
Since the Ball’s inception in 1985, more than 1600 students have received Presidential Scholarship awards ranging from $4,580 to $12,000. Currently there are 324 SXU students receiving Presidential Scholarships.
Burke, 63, has served Chicago’s 14th Ward for more than 35 years. A recognized expert on city budget matters, Burke is the chairman of the City Council Finance Committee and is responsible for all legislative matters pertaining to the city’s finances, including municipal bonds, taxes and revenue matters. Known as the “Dean of the City Council,” Burke became 14th Ward Democratic Committeeman in 1968 and alderman in 1969. He also served as a Chicago police officer from 1965 to 1968. He co-wrote with Thomas J. O'Gorman the recently released book End of Watch: Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty 1853-2006, which examines the remarkable sacrifice of 526 sworn officers of the Chicago Police Department. He is married to Anne Burke, the newest member of the Illinois Supreme Court and a former Saint Xavier trustee.
The President’s Scholarship Ball was the capstone event to a yearlong series of activities marking Saint Xavier’s 160th year as the “First in Chicago” serving the educational needs of the community.
For the fourth consecutive year, LaSalle Bank N.A. was the proud presenting sponsor of the President’s Scholarship Ball. Other major underwriters include American Airlines, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, McDonough Associates Inc., Henry Bros. Co., and Mesirow Financial.
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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.