This annual endowment fundraiser celebrates individuals who exemplify the charism and values of Catherine McAuley, continue the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to our mission. 

2018 Honorees

Mike and Anne Cullen established the Bridget Anne Cullen Memorial Scholarship in honor of their youngest daughter who passed away at 17 years old while a senior at McAuley. The Cullen family immediately felt the outpouring of love and support from the students, faculty and the entire McAuley community. The scholarship is a testament to the community’s compassion toward the Cullen’s tragedy. It also is a reflection of the community’s commitment to achieve positive outcomes through educational opportunities despite originating from such sorrowful circumstances. The Cullens are grateful that the scholarship continues to provide support to other families who share their value for raising their families in a faith-based community, and their desire that girls experience a Catholic education at Mother McAuley High School.

Raymond Lazzara, together with his brother John was owner of the former Martinique Banquet Complex, a landmark in the Chicago south suburbs for nearly 50 years. As a business owner and parent of two McAuley alumnae, Ray has been a loyal supporter of Mother McAuley and the community. He has been a past sponsor of McAuley’s Celebration and the annual alumnae golf outing, both which benefit student tuition assistance. From 1996 to 2006 Ray served on the Mother McAuley Board of Trustees.

Sister Ruth served as Formation Director for the Mercy community before coming to Mother McAuley in 1969 to work as a guidance counselor, and as Executive Director from 1971 until 1979. She then spent six years serving on the Sisters of Mercy Leadership Team. Returning to education, Sister Ruth served as Principal of Saint Michael’s School in Orland Park. She later became Director of Saint Catherine’s Residence in Milwaukee, assisting homeless and pregnant young women. From 2000 to 2004 she was the Director of The Institute of Women Today in Chicago. Sister Ruth was a member of the McAuley Board of Trustees in 1975 and 1976.

Past Celebration Honorees 

Catherine McAuley Leadership Award

Sr. Brian Costello, RSM
Sr. Colette Jolie, RSM
Martin Ozinga
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
Rose and Matt Lamb
Sr. Catherine Gallager, RSM
Richard and Dorothy Prendergast
Mrs. Jo McGrath Kean
Sr. Rosemary Connelly, RSM
Michael and George Lombard
Sr. Corinne Raven, RSM
Sr. Catherine Mary Norris, DC ‘65
Bishop Raymond E. Goedert, DD
Richard and Christine Guzior
Colleen Lamb Ferrara ‘77
Francis Houlihan
Alderman Ginger Rugai, 19th Ward, Chicago
Raymond and Mary Ellen Schwaller
Joan P. Claussen
Francis Gallagher
Ave Hayes Green
William and Helen Brett
George and Virginia Eck
Honorable Gloria Grace Coco ‘68
Sr. Rose Wiorek, RSM
Stephen and Winifred Gardner Ligda ‘59
Napleton Family
Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S.
The Bigane Family
Mary Kean Coffey ‘63
Fran Robinson '74
Sallie Wiechern King '68 and Ken King
Father Jack Wall
Kelly O'Connor Heneghan '95
John Coleman, Esq.
Mike and Anne Cullen

Distinguished Alumnae Award

Sheila Butler King '64
Sister Honora McNicholas, RSM '50
Mary Carey '63
Mary Kay Barron '82
Sister Sue Sanders, RSM '69
Mary Anne Hennessy Capron '75
Sister Jean McGrath, CSJ '62
Margaret O'Connell Nykaza '72
Anne Edwards Cotter '73
Alex Meneses Simpson '83
Barbara Moore Pasquinelli '57
Laura Shallow '75
Marion McFarland '55
Boyle Family 
Jennifer Costello Fortner '94

Agatha O'Brien Catholic Service Award
Father Marty O'Donovan
Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM

Life Trustees

Francis Houlihan
Robert Kuenster
Sister Teresa Maltby, RSM, D.Mn.
Sister Betty Smith, RSM
Carol Groesbeck Sullivan '68 
Sister Susan Sanders '69 RSM, PhD
Carole Intrieri Wilson '68
Sister Marion “Dolly” Cypser ‘63, RSM
Steve Ligda
Raymond Lazzara
Sister Ruth Mutchler, RSM