Marian’s Catholic’s golf classic sees record success
September 25, 2013 11:38AM
Marian Catholic High School alums Jonathan Gallagher (from left) , Charles Gallagher, Robert Jones and Timothy Daw with Marian Catholic President Sister Judine Hilbing at the 2013 Marian Catholic High School Endowment Golf Classic. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:03AM
The 2013 Marian Catholic High School Endowment Golf Classic, which recently took place at Olympia Fields Country Club, netted a record $126,000, exceeding the event’s $100,000 goal.
The money will be added to the existing EGC Scholarship Fund, which has grown to become the largest scholarship within the Marian Catholic institutional endowment portfolio.
The fund has posted more than $2.3 million, enabling the school to award more than $100,000 in scholarships to students of solid academic promise and who demonstrate financial need.
This level of giving is possible because of the loyal support from the Marian Catholic community and the stewardship of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and the board.
Officials said the 2013 event — co-chaired by Greg Underwood from Flossmoor and Mark Peifer from Munster, Ind. — was a success with 223 golfers on both courses, spending the day with friends and colleagues.
Family, friends and community members flocked to Olympia Fields to support Marian Catholic.
“My experiences in the classroom and in sports at Marian Catholic instilled values that I have used throughout my business career and in my personal life,” said Bart A. Hoolehan III, an EGC golfer and member of the Marian Catholic class of 1994.
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Endowment Golf Classic to support the school, but since I live in Kansas City it makes participating in the tournament a little more difficult.
“When I heard the tournament was going to be played at Olympia Fields County Club, I knew it would be a first-class event at an outstanding venue.
“Our group had a great time, and I hope to make this an annual event.”
Guests joined the golfers in the evening for dinner and opportunities to bid on high-end silent auction items.
The 260 dinner guests were thanked by EGC scholarship recipient Renae Melone, of Monee, a sophomore at Marian Catholic.
“I would like to thank you for your financial support,” Melone said.
“Without your generosity, my future at Marian would be unknown. Marian Catholic is a very special place for both my family and me personally.
“We have had three generations graduate from Marian starting with my dad’s mother who graduated in 1963, followed by my both of my parents who graduated in 1985 and continuing with my older sister, Miranda, who graduated last year with the Dominican Veritas award, and I will graduate in 2016.”
Established in 1989, the EGC has focused on building a future of scholarships through endowment.
“The balance in the Endowment Golf Classic Scholarship Fund account grows stronger every year,” Marian Catholic President Sister Judine Hilbing said.
“The scholarships we award are funded by the market return on investments, so all the proceeds from this event strengthen the principal investment of the endowment.”