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Saint Xavier University to Light Up the Night at President's Scholarship Ball

Event to honor Richard H. Driehaus with the Shield of Saint Xavier

Chicago (Feb. 1, 2006) – Saint Xavier University will host its 19th annual President’s Scholarship Ball at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Saturday, March 18. This year, Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus will be honored with the Shield of Saint Xavier in recognition of his support of the university and his commitment to service.

Driehaus, who grew up on Chicago’s southwest side, is founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management. In 2004, he donated Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, an Irish-themed restaurant and pub, and the shopping center where it is located to Saint Xavier University. The university operates Gilhooley’s through its foodservice partner, and has developed an educational program in hospitality management around the pub.

“For years, Richard Driehaus has shaped the city of Chicago through his generous and thoughtful philanthropy. We are delighted to bestow this honor on him for all he has done to help Saint Xavier University become a leading Catholic comprehensive university in the Midwest,” said Judith A. Dwyer, president of Saint Xavier University.

Driehaus will join the company of past Shield of Saint Xavier honorees, including Joanne and Arthur Velasquez (2005), James and Ellen O’Connor (2004), Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, (1999) and Mayor Richard M. and Maggie Daley (1990).

For the third year, LaSalle Bank is the presenting sponsor for the gala. Other major sponsors include Henry Bros. Co. and Mesirow Financial. The event will be co-chaired by Most Reverend John R. Gorman and James and Eve Tyree. Mr. Tyree is CEO of Mesirow Financial.

“This event is always fresh and exciting,” said Steven J. Murphy, Vice President for University Advancement for Saint Xavier University. “Each year brings something new, whether it’s location, special guests, effects or entertainment. The constant is support for our students and scholarships.”

The President’s Scholarship Ball has raised millions of dollars for the President’s Scholarship Program, which provides scholarship aid for Saint Xavier’s most deserving students.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., a program, dinner at 8:30 p.m., followed by dancing to the Bradley Young Orchestra.

The event is open to the public and reservations are $150 per person. After-five attire is recommended. Anyone interested in making reservations should call 773-298-3311 or e-mail specialevents@sxu.edu with “President’s Scholarship Ball” in the subject line.

Tables are available for corporate sponsorship by contacting Sara Miller-Acosta, director of development, at 773-298-3322.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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