Friday, June 9, 2017 — Founders’ Dinner is Loyola’s signature fundraising event for student scholarships. We recognize alumni, students, individuals, and corporate and foundation partners who exemplify the hallmarks of a Loyola education—leadership and service to others. 
Keynote speaker

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In more than 40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and also cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions and holds more than 25 honorary degrees. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.”

Spirit of Loyola Award

This signature award honors an individual who exemplifies the Ignatian spirit of leadership and service to the community.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9

6:30 PM Cocktail Reception Damen Student Center

7:30 PM Dinner, Keynote Speech, and Program Gentile Arena

Tickets and Registration

Individual Ticket(s) $350 each

Limited availability
The non-tax-deductible portion of each reservation is $100.

Loyola Signature Awards
These awards will be presented during dinner. Damen and Felice Awards will be presented in a private ceremony.

Caritas Award

CME Group Foundation

This award honors a corporation or foundation that has contributed significantly to the betterment of society and the University through extraordinary philanthropy. past winners

Coffey Award

Sr. Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, MUND ’64

This award honors a distinguished alumna of Mundelein College for leadership in the community, accomplishments in industry, and service to others. past winners

Heart of Loyola Award

Mrs. Audrey G. Ratner (BSEd ’78)

This award honors an alumnus or alumna for extraordinary commitment to Jesuit education. past winners

CME Group Foundation

This award honors a corporation or foundation that has contributed significantly to the betterment of society and the University through extraordinary philanthropy.

CME Group Foundation helps today’s students keep pace with dramatically evolving technology, creating a workforce for the future that’s equipped with the skills to meet tomorrow’s global challenges. The foundation supports transformative solutions that promote real, measurable impact.

By bringing together the brightest minds in education to generate fresh approaches to math, computer science, and personalized learning, CME Group Foundation sparks system-wide change that benefits all students, from cradle to career.

Over the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded Loyola $2 million in grants to help establish the Center for Risk Management and the CME Group Foundation Business Analytics Lab within the Quinlan School of Business. This investment has proven transformational, enabling Quinlan to build upon its long history of educating students in financial markets and the futures industry. With support from the foundation, Quinlan has produced a world-class curriculum in finance, leading-edge research projects, and a state-of-the-art lab that is home to the types of advanced tools that provide students with the hands-on experience necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.

In addition, this support allows Quinlan to host academic workshops and public symposia to examine the financial markets. The foundation has also provided scholarship support to 44 Master of Science in Finance graduate students and eight undergraduate finance majors, most of whom have gone on to work for consulting firms, financial regulators, bank trading desks, proprietary trading firms, alternative investment firms, asset managers, and large corporations.

About the executive director

Kassie Davis (MBA ‘78) joined CME Trust in October 2006 as its first executive director and became executive director of CME Group Foundation with its creation in 2008. She is responsible for the overall operation of the foundation and trust, including strategy development, proposal review, grant evaluation, communications, and investment management.

Mrs. Audrey G. Ratner (BSEd ’78)

This award honors an individual for his or her extraordinary commitment to Jesuit education.

Audrey G. Ratner (BSEd ’78) is a lifelong champion and supporter of education. Among her philanthropic passions in this area are students with learning disabilities, the city of Cleveland, and Loyola University Chicago, where she has provided generous financial support to student scholarships and the School of Education.

Upon attending Loyola, Mrs. Ratner graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She also studied at the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago. While living in Chicago, she taught fourth grade at the Francis Parker School, where she helped implement several new academic approaches and is a trustee emeritus.

Mrs. Ratner served at the University of Chicago on the visiting committee to the Department of Far Eastern Studies. She relocated to Cleveland in 1980. In Oberlin, Ohio, she formed and led the World Politics Discussion Group as part of the Adult Education Program of the University of Chicago and was a board member for the League of Women Voters.

She also served as a member of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Community Federation of Chicago and on committees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.

Mrs. Ratner is on the board of trustees of the Musical Arts Association of the Cleveland Orchestra, including the committee that introduced a special program to the Cleveland Public Schools to utilize Cleveland Orchestra musicians and classical music as an educational tool in classrooms.

In 2008, Mrs. Ratner received the Audrey G. Ratner Chair in Learning Development at the Yale University Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. She is active in the International Dyslexia Association of Northern Ohio. She is also an advisor to The Ratner School and has worked with groups in Cleveland to upgrade the city’s public schools.

An interior designer, Mrs. Ratner has worked in this capacity with the Coordination Group in Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cleveland, and the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Ratner resides in Lyndhurst with her husband, Albert. They share five children, 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Sr. Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, MUND ’64

Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, (MUND ’64) grew up in a family centered in faith and education—values that have shaped the direction of her life. Immediately after high school, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a community committed to education. In her 57 years as a BVM, she has lived out her faith as both learner and teacher.

Sister Zollmann’s formal education includes a BA degree with a major in French and a minor in religious studies from Mundelein College, master’s degrees in French literature from Purdue University and in religious education from the University of San Francisco, and a doctoral degree in spirituality from Duquesne University. Wanting nothing more than to communicate a vibrant spirituality to others, she spent 17 years teaching religious studies in secondary schools in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and St. Louis and 20 years at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

In 2000, Sister Zollmann was called to place her gifts more directly at the service of religious life and its mission both nationally and internationally: she was elected to the BVM leadership team, where she served for 12 years as vice president and president. She was also elected president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a position she held from 2001 to 2004. Thanks to the call and the opportunities of those years, Sister Zollmann traveled to be with her BVM sisters in Ecuador and Ghana, represent women religious in El Salvador, attend peace negotiations in Palestine and Israel, and sit down with church officials in Rome. Even as she carried the spirit alive in her to these experiences, her spirituality was deepened and expanded by what she learned from others.

Sister Zollmann continues to live out her lifelong connection between faith and education. She serves on the board of trustees of Loyola University Chicago and Clarke University Dubuque, enjoys writing and creating presentations on themes of spirituality, designs and facilitates retreats for a variety of lay and religious groups, and lives daily in a spirit of joy-filled gratitude.

The Damen and Felice Awards
DAMEN AWARD

Ms. Sandra Cisneros, BA ’76

College of Arts and Sciences
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DAMEN AWARD

Ms. Francesca A. DeBiase

Quinlan School of Business
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DAMEN AWARD

Ms. Lorraine M. Klemz, BA ’90

School of Communication
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DAMEN AWARD

Mr. Thomas C. Wendt, BA ’98

School of Continuing and Professional Studies READ MORE

DAMEN AWARD
DAMEN AWARD

Ms. Stacey A. Paradis, BA ’92

Institute of Environmental Sustainability READ MORE

DAMEN AWARD

Dr. Joel P. Carpenter, MD ’89

Stritch School of Medicine
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DAMEN AWARD

Ms. Mary Ann B. Noonan, BSN ’64, MSN ’79

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
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DAMEN AWARD

Dr. Carole M. Eipers, MPS ’80

Institute of Pastoral Studies
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DAMEN AWARD
FELICE AWARD
Sponsorships

  • Priority placement for 1 table of 10 guests
  • Verbal recognition during Founders’ Dinner awards presentation
  • Recognition from podium at Founders' Dinner by Loyola University Chicago President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
  • Premier placement of company logo at Founders’ Dinner via printed materials, signage, programs, e-mail communications, and microsites at LUC.edu

  • Prime placement for 1 table of 10 guests
  • Recognition during Founders’ Dinner awards presentation
  • Company logo placement at Founders’ Dinner via printed materials, signage, programs, e-mail communications, and microsites at LUC.edu

  • Preferred placement for 1 table of 10 guests
  • Recognition during Founders’ Dinner awards presentation
  • Company name featured in Founders’ Dinner program

  • One (1) table for 10 guests at Founders' Dinner
  • Recognition during Founders' Dinner awards presentation
  • Company name featured in Founders' Dinner program

  • One table of 10 guests
  • Company name featured in Founders’ Dinner program

Event details

Office of Special Events

Public transportation

Take the Red Line to the "Loyola" stop, cross the street and look for signage directing you to the event.

Northern suburbs

Take Sheridan Road south to Devon Avenue and turn left. Go two blocks to Kenmore and turn left into campus, following the road to the parking structure. After parking your car, look for signage or a Loyola representative to guide you to the proper venue.

The city or the southern suburbs

Take Lake Shore Drive north to Hollywood. Turn right onto Sheridan Road and follow it all the way around the curve. The first stoplight will be Kenmore. Turn right, following the road to the parking structure. After parking your car, look for signage or a Loyola representative to guide you to the proper venue.

I-294 or I-94

Take Touhy Avenue east to Sheridan Road and turn right. Take Sheridan Road south to Devon Avenue and turn left. Go two blocks to Kenmore and turn left into campus, following the road to the parking structure. After parking your car, look for signage or a Loyola representative to guide you to the proper venue.

Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn, across the street from the Lake Shore Campus, is providing a room block for Founders' Dinner attendees.

  • 6/8/17- 10 standard rooms available at a rate of $179
  • 6/9/17- 10 standard rooms available at a rate of $179
  • Check-in time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Cut-off date: Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Book online, or guests can call 1-800-426-7866 and request the group rate for the LUC Founders’ Dinner.

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