On Friday, November 3, members of the Loyola Academy community came together to celebrate the 66th annual President’s Dinner: Excellence in Education. Approximately 300 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the Loyola Academy East Gym to honor five recipients with the 2023 Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ, Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Youth: Helen V. Brach Foundation; Karen and Gary Gardner P '11, '13; Louise V. and Robert J. Sanborn P '13, '13; Susanne M. and Timothy Sullivan P '07, '09, '12; and Dr. Alan W. Yasko (RIP) P '11, '13. '15, '16. Each of these honorees was recognized for their positive impact in the development of Loyola’s STEAM resources and programs.
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 addition, three outstanding faculty and staff members were honored:
2023 Educator of the Year: Ms. Haley Yanarella (Science) 2023 Staff Excellence Award: Mrs. Beth Stanton P '16, '18, '20, '22 (Counseling) 2023 Fausone Medal: Ms. Joan Dowdle (retired, O'Shaughnessy Program)
Special thanks to our corporate sponsors: Wintrust; MPS Law; BonAnno; Broken Shed; and Loyola University Chicago.
Our gratitude to the numerous individual underwriters and sponsors whose generous support made this night possible: The Helen V. Brach Foundation, The Perry Family Foundation, Kim and Jim Walsh '79, William A. McIntosh ‘57, Katie Hackett Baisley '01 and Jamie Baisley '92, Dawn and John Livingston '85, Nancy E. Paridy and Mr. Stephen M. Naughton, The Schirf Family Foundation, Rosemary and Jim Hughes '74, Hobie Murnane Jr. '75, Barbara and Robert Perkaus Jr. '54, and Laura and John Podjasek.
Watch videos of current students honoring our faculty and staff members: