The Caring Heart Award pays tribute to alumna Caroline Griffin ‘12. Caroline was a member of the McAuley Golf Team. She also was a heart transplant recipient who never let her congenital heart condition get in the way of enjoying life. While a sophomore at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, Caroline passed away as a result of ongoing heart issues. Her courage and perseverance in the face of hardship can be found in the members of the Frosty Walk and all their work with the Mulliganeers. Caroline’s mother, Georgina Byrnes Griffin ‘76, and sister, Courtney Griffin ‘08, presented the award.
About the Frosty Walk
The Frosty Walk was created in 2009 by the Frost sisters, Lauren Frost Stull ‘08, Colleen Frost Piko ‘10, Kara Frost ‘12, and Emily Frost ‘17, in honor of their late mother, Darlene Whirity Frost ‘81. Because the girls were so young when Darlene passed, the Frosty Walk was a way to share stories and celebrate their mom’s life with family, friends, and neighbors. Darlene was always the person to make everyone laugh and smile, and they wanted a space to embody her spirit.
The first Frosty Walk originated in the middle of winter in Mount Greenwood Park, and all of the proceeds were given to the American Cancer Society. The Frost girls planned to choose a new organization each year to donate proceeds from the walk. They learned about the Mulliganeers in 2010 from extended family, a local non-profit that provides financial support to families in need in the greater Chicagoland area. The Frost family felt connected immediately to this organization and their mission and a long-term partnership ensued. Donating to the Mulliganeers is a way for them to give back to the community that had been so supportive to them when their mother was sick. They have seen the immense impact that the Mulliganeers have made in so many lives and feel like this is their way to say “thank you.”
The Frost girls also felt an extra connection to the Mulliganeers because Caroline Griffin ‘12, who graduated with Kara Frost ‘12, was a recipient. In 2015, the year Caroline passed, the Frost girls decided to put the “fighting bee” emblem with Caroline’s initials on the sleeve of the Frosty Walk shirts. It was their way to honor and celebrate Caroline’s life.
The Frosty Walk grows each year and is currently held every winter at Brother Rice High School. The Frost girls continue to live out their mother’s legacy by lifting up those in the community who need assistance. They truly deserve this honor. Congratulations to the Frost Family and the Frosty Walk. We are Mighty proud of your “Caring Heart.”
With proceeds from the 2020 Fore the Macs Golf Raffle, the alumnae office awarded $1,000 Tradition of Excellence Scholarships to 87 members of the Class of 2025. Your assistance helps make the dream of a Mother McAuley education a reality for many families. Thank you for continuing to support the mission of Mother McAuley and all that our history and heritage commands so we remain an exceptional center of learning for young women across Chicagoland.
"Thank you for selecting me to receive the Tradition of Excellence Scholarship, supporting me, and assisting with my family's tradition of excellence at Mother McAuley. It is continued support, kindness, and generosity from alumnae like you that make a difference for students like me." -Tradition of Excellence Recipient, Class of 2025
"Thank you so much for donating towards this scholarship. The Tradition of Excellence Scholarship helps my parents out financially with their decision to send me to a private school. It means a lot to me because I come from a long line of strong, confident, successful women who graduated from Mother McAuley, and I am proud to continue the tradition of being a Mighty Mac." -Tradition of Excellence Recipient, Class of 2025
On September 24, we celebrate Mercy Day - a day to recognize our foundress, Catherine McAuley, who established the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1827. This year, our celebration here at McAuley is two-fold, as we honor 175 years of Mercy education in Chicago!
For 175 years, young women in Chicago have found the support and resources they need to succeed, have gained the confidence to go after their dreams, and have been ingrained with the knowledge that they can do anything, all because of a small group of Sisters of Mercy, who arrived in Chicago in 1846 and established St. Xavier Academy for Females. When the campus relocated to 99th Street in 1956, the school was renamed Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
The tradition of support and education for women continues at McAuley today, providing the lifetime advantage to current and future students. We are proud to partner with YOU, our Mighty Mac community, to raise funds in support of our mission - educating our young women to be the compassionate leaders of the next generation, helping them explore their passions, and preparing them confidently for the future.
Celebrate Mercy Day with a gift today!
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Open House - October 3, 2021
Join us for our first Open House on Sunday, October 3, 2021!
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
No registration required
First 100 students will receive a McAuley sweatshirt!