A ballroom filled with 350 friends and supporters of Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, raised more than $500,000 at the school's scholarship gala held Sept. 29 at the InterContinental Hotel Chicago. Josephinum, Chicago's longest standing all-girls Catholic high school, is located at 1501 N. Oakley Blvd. in Wicker Park.
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 $1 million in scholarships awarded annually to students to attend Josephinum.
The event also honored long-standing Josephinum supporters Kevin and Jeanne Poorman with the Blessed Pauline Award, named for the school's foundress, 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.
"Kevin and Jeanne Poorman have generously devoted themselves to Josephinum for years and have made a significant difference in the lives of our students and their families," said Richard McMenamin, Chairman of the Board. "We'd like to extend an invitation to all who are interested to join us and support our mission to educate and empower young women in Chicago."