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Caritas Scholarship Ball raises more than $300,000 to help students

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The 2018 Caritas Committee, led by chairs Tyler and Stephanie(M. Ed. '05)Qualio and hosts USF President Arvid and Anne Johnson,was successful in raisingmore than $300,000 for the fourth year in a row. Funds raised help generate and maintain student scholarships at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.[]

JOLIET – On Jan. 20, the University of St. Francis hosted the 61st annual Caritas Scholarship Ball at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.

The event was hosted by university President Arvid Johnson and his wife, Anne, and was chaired by Tyler and Stephanie (M.Ed. ’05) Qualio. For the fourth year in a row, the event raised more than $300,000 for student scholarships.

One beneficiary is Macy Smock, a senior nursing major and a first-generation college student. Smock is the recipient of the Virginia J. Saxon Presidential Academic Scholarship, an Arthur J. Schmidt Foundation Scholar and a Leach Nursing Scholarship recipient.

She is also a Lincoln Laureate nominee, a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society.

The Caritas Scholarship Ball is one of the longest-running black-tie events in the Joliet area and has been raising scholarship funds for St. Francis students for six decades. It has succeeded in raising more than $5 million in assistance since its inception – including almost $1.7 million in the past five years.