Celebration

On February 25, 2021, with the wonderful support of our Board of Trustees, our donors, and our entire McAuley community, McAuley’s annual gala went virtual this year in a fun, upbeat, successful, first-ever Livestream Celebration.  Normally, this event is held in person at Beverly Country Club, but we were inspired by our teachers, staff, and students who have survived and thrived through their experience this year as virtual instructors and learners.

During the gala, emcee Carey Temple Harrington '86, former Vice President of Institutional Advancement, guided over 3,000 virtual viewers through a nostalgic tour of iconic McAuley places - past, present, and future-ready. The virtual gala was a joyous celebration of McAuley, filled with many videos from alumnae, friends, and family who admire the empowered McAuley women in their lives. Also featured, the stars of the show, current McAuley students, who shared their talents of singing and dancing in true McAuley excellence. Many familiar faces made a special appearance including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Alderman Matt O’Shea, Sister Rosemary Connolly, RSM, and comedian Pat McGann and his wife Sara Phillips McGann ‘96, who all shared uplifting messages for our McAuley community.

Boosting the competitive spirit, this event featured a trendy, healthy raffle and a covid-friendly auction that ignited the compassion of record-breaking bidders. We are so grateful for our McAuley community who helped us raise nearly $400,000 for tuition assistance. During this year’s mission moment, viewers witnessed the powerful story of a family who was impacted by the generosity of donors. This overwhelming support is a true testament to how McAuley continues to remain “MIGHTY”  throughout any obstacle.

Watch the Virtual Gala!