More than 325 friends and supporters of Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart raised a record $600,000 at the school's scholarship gala held Sept. 28 at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago Millennium Park. Josephinum, located in Wicker Park at 1501 N. Oakley Blvd., is Chicago's longest-standing all-girls Catholic high school.
"Funds from the gala will help us provide crucial educational opportunities to young women in our city," said Richard McMenamin, Chairman of the Board. "In fact, more than 90 percent of our students receive some type of scholarship or financial aid to attend Josephinum."
The event honored Josephinum supporter and Big Shoulders President and CEO, Josh Hale, with the Blessed Pauline Award, named for the foundress of the Sisters of Christian Charity, Pauline von Mallinckrodt. The award is given annually to individuals who, in their leadership and commitment to education of all forms, demonstrate the qualities and virtues of the Sisters of Christian Charity. Josephinum was founded by the Sisters of Christian Charity and is now a member of the global network of Sacred Heart schools.
"Every young woman in Chicago has the right and responsibility to dream and pursue her passions to positively impact her life and the lives of others," said Hale. "Big Shoulders is proud to partner with Josephinum."
The annual gala raises funds to support Josephinum Academy's mission of offering all girls in Chicago a transformative college-preparatory education. Gala proceeds are included in more than $2 million in scholarships awarded annually to students to attend Josephinum.