St. Rita Hosts President’s Reception


This week, the St. Rita Family hosted the annual President’s Reception Dinner at Beverly Country Club in Chicago.  All President’s Club members – benefactors who have given gifts of $1,000 or more to St. Rita of Cascia High School - are invited to the annual dinner held in their honor.

Last night’s event attracted more than 100 generous benefactors who had the opportunity to learn about the many programs and new initiatives taking place at St. Rita.  The highlight of the night was the keynote speech given by senior Connor Cahill from St. John Fisher Parish.  Connor captivated the audience with his story, his obvious love for St. Rita, and the impact the school has had on him and his entire family which includes his brother, St. Rita sophomore, Patrick.

Connor is a member of the St. Rita Student Government and co-captain and starting center on the varsity football team.  He’s also a member of the varsity baseball team.  He earned second team all-conference honors in the CCL Blue this football season, and he’ll lead the Mustangs this Friday night against Simeon in the first round of the IHSA Class 7A state playoffs.

While most of the typical President’s Dinner crowd is made up of alumni going back to the 1940’s, including Gene Brauweiler ’42, celebrating his 75th graduation anniversary, younger alumni were also represented.  From the St. Rita Class of 2001 former football standout Chris Burhans and Kevin Giltmier were in attendance as well as former baseball and basketball standout Matt Eastman and Matt Zawaski from the Class of 2002.  “These young alums represent the future of St. Rita of Cascia High School, and to see them at an event like this only helps to strengthen the already strong foundation the 24,000-plus St. Rita alumni have laid for the future of the school,” said St. Rita President, Mike Zunica.