Plaid and Khaki Ball fundraiser also marks Foundation’s 25th anniversary

The Catholic Education Foundation for the Diocese of Joliet celebrated its 25th Anniversary and toasted its future at its inaugural Plaid and Khaki Ball.

During the event, held on Sept. 11 at Drury Lane Theatre and Events, guests embraced the theme by donning plaid masks representing the plaid uniforms of the 40 Catholic elementary and seven high schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet.

The evening was co-hosted by the Women’s Giving Circle, which highlighted the special classroom needs of Catholic school teachers throughout the Diocese of Joliet through a poignant video focused on the technology needs of St. Mary Nativity School in Joliet. The

Women’s Giving Circle raised more than $26,000 to help fund those classroom needs through their successful grant program.

The evening was full of festive cheer, as it was the first opportunity many had to connect or reconnect since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Bishop Ronald Hicks welcomed the guests. Rep. Jim Durkin provided the keynote address.

Live auction lots included a fabulous selection of vacations and unique experiences, including a catered dinner with the school principal of the winner’s choice and special guest, Rev. Burke Masters, who emceed the event. Following a final blessing by Bishop Hicks, guests danced the evening away to the live music of Hey Jimmy.

Proceeds from the Plaid and Khaki Ball will fund the Annual Scholarship Fund.

“Every year, the Foundation receives applications from over 3,000 families seeking financial assistance,” according to the Foundation’s executive director. “Unfortunately, we are only able to assist approximately half of those families. The funds raised through the Plaid and Khaki Ball will help achieve our mission of making the promise of a Catholic education available to all children who desire it.”

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