Marian Catholic golf classic raises $126K, exceeds goal

2013-09-25T00:00:00Z 2013-09-26T18:00:20Z Marian Catholic golf classic raises $126K, exceeds goalFor The Times
September 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The 2013 Marian Catholic High School Endowment Golf Classic on Sept. 16 at the Olympia Fields Country Club netted a record $126,000, exceeding its $100,000 goal.

The money will be added to the existing Endowment Classic Scholarship Fund. The fund has grown to become the largest scholarship within the Marian Catholic institutional endowment portfolio, posting more than $2.3 million, enabling the school to award more than $100,000 in scholarships to students of solid academic promise, demonstrating financial need. This level of giving is possible because of the loyal support from the Marian Catholic community and stewardship of the Dominican Sisters and the board of directors.

This year’s event, co-chaired by Greg Underwood, of Flossmoor, and Mark Peifer, of Munster, was a tremendous success with 223 golfers on both courses, enjoying the day with good friends and colleagues. Family, friends and community members flocked to Olympia Fields from far and wide 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,  golfer and member of the 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 an Endowment Golf Classic 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 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 Marian Catholic Golf Classic has focused on building a future of scholarships through endowment.

“The balance in the Endowment Golf Classic Scholarship Fund account grows stronger every year,” said Sister Judine Hilbing, O.P., president of Marian Catholic. “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.”

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