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Celebrating the 65th Annual President's Dinner

On Friday, November 4, members of the Loyola Academy community came together to celebrate the 65th annual President’s Dinner. Approximately 200 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends gathered at the Amazing Space@625 in downtown Chicago to honor Ellen S. and Peter G. Leemputte '75 with the 2022 Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ, Award. Notably, the evening marked the first President’s Dinner under the leadership of Rev. Gregory J. Ostdiek, SJ.
Loyola Academy established the Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ, Award in 1963 to honor those who have provided distinguished service in the cause of youth. The award is named for Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ (1888–1955), who was an example of how one man, born more than a century ago, made a difference in the lives of many young people. Fr. Lord believed in young people, and he believed in ideas and communication. He worked endlessly with the youth of his day and was regenerated by their vigor and their idealism.

In their remarks, the Leemputtees celebrated the tireless work of Loyola's faculty and staff to advance Loyola’s mission everyday. They reflected on the role Loyola has played in their own lives and the importance of the strong Jesuit values that Loyola instills in its graduates.

Special thanks to our corporate underwriters: Wintrust, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Empower Illinois, Guaranteed Rate, and Symphony Financial. 

Our gratitude to the numerous individual underwriters and sponsors whose generous support made this night possible: Kim and Jim Walsh '79, Katie Hacket Baisley '01 and Jamie Baisley '92, Kathy and Chris Perry, Kathy and Brian Johnson, Nancy Paridy and Steve Naughton, The Weshcler Family, Melinda and Christopher Lister, Patti and Dan McGrath, Bill McIntosh '57, Hobie Murnane Jr. '75, Jill and Fred O'Connor '80, Barbara and Robert Perkaus Jr. '54, and Laura and John Podjasek.

Watch this video and relive the fellowship and excitement of honoring The Leemputte Family and Loyola’s Jesuit mission. Plus, don’t miss this tribute story honoring Ellen and Peter.

It's not too late to donate to the President's Dinner! Please consider making a gift—all proceeds benefit our Tuition Assistance Program.

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