Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School held its Celebration Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Beverly Country Club. The annual fundraiser celebrates individuals who exemplify the values of Catherine McAuley. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the new Sister Agatha O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be offered to students who score in the top five percent on the school’s entrance exam, starting with the incoming Class of 2018.
This year, McAuley honored Sallie Wiechern King ’68 and her husband Ken with the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award. The couple truly epitomize the mission of McAuley through their compassionate and endless response to the
needs of the McAuley family and larger community. Sallie has been active on the Saint Xavier Academy/Mother McAuley High School Alumnae Board and has volunteered for more than 30 years alongside Ken.
The event also celebrated the induction of three distinguished members of the McAuley community as Life Trustees. Through their work, volunteer efforts and financial support, they have continuously shown their dedication to McAuley and its students.
Through the years, Francis Houlihan has volunteered, participated on committees and served on the Board of Trustees. In 1993, the school opened a new gymnasium and music facility, the result of a capital campaign he chaired. In recognition of his efforts, Fran was awarded the Catherine McAuley Leadership Award at Celebration 2001.
Robert Kuenster has owned and operated Thompson and Kuenster Funeral Home for the past 30 years. He places great value on the importance of service to the Church and community, as evident through his past and present involvement with numerous organizations, including the McAuley Board of Trustees.
Sister Betty Smith, RSM arrived at McAuley in 1966 as a Social Studies teacher, moving to Department Chair, Senior Dean and Director of Curriculum. Today, Sister Betty remains an avid supporter of McAuley’s fundraising efforts, and also volunteers.