2004 American Catholic Press Benefit

The 2004 ACP Annual Benefit takes place September 11, Saturday, at the Flossmoor Country Club. In honor of Sister Mary Paul, O.P., a reception begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m., with grace by Bishop Joseph Perry. After dinner, we pray briefly for the faithful departed. Ambassador Alan Keyes, Ph.D., speaks in commemoration of the September 11 attack on the United States. Sister Mary Jean Traeger, O.P., Prioress of the Springfield Dominicans, had travelled to Flossmoor for the celebration; she reads aloud a message from Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Then, Honorable Angelo Ciambrone reads aloud a proclamation from the City of Chicago Heights.

The Gratiam Dei Award is conferred at 8 p.m. After a brief litany, Bishop Frank Kane gives a solemn blessing. The master of ceremonies, Rick Thiernau, keeps things moving well, throughout the evening. In total, there are 120 guests present, a great tribute to the honoree.


Bishop Joseph Perry at 2004 Benefit
Bishop Joseph Perry says grace before meals. He is a former professor of Canon Law, at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

Bishop Frank Kane, Sister Mary Paul, and Bishop Joseph Perry
Bishop Frank Kane, Sister Mary Paul, and Bishop Joseph Perry. Bishop Kane gave a blessing after dinner.

Margaret Zielony et al.
Margaret ("Gosha") Zielony, Elise Kabbes, Sam & Mary Jean Argento. Margaret works for ACP, in data processing. Sam is an ACP board member; he arranged for The Drama Group to perform this evening.


Ambassador Alan Keyes
Ambassador Alan Keyes, speaking on the September 11 attack on the United States.

The entire address given by Dr. Keyes is available online. If you wish, you can also view a streaming Real Media file of this 17-minute talk at ACP Benefit Address.

Courtesy of WGN, you can also view a profile of Dr. Keyes in video format, online.

Joseph Russo and Maya Keyes
Dr. Richard Venneri, Joseph Russo, ACP board member, and Maya Keyes, daughter of Dr. Keyes. She took time off from school at Brown University, to help her father in his Illinois campaign for Senator.

Dr. Venneri is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Xavier University, Chicago.

Michael Bruni, Director of Development for St. James Hospital
Sister Santina DeLuca, O.P. and Michael Bruni, Director of Development for St. James Hospital. At today's auction, he wins the two tickets to a Notre Dame game.

Mary Weise (left) and Pat Gnaster (right)
Mary Weise (left) and Pat Gnaster (right)

Pat is the president of RS Technologies, a computer networking company.

Sister Mary Jean Traeger, O.P.
Sister Mary Jean Traeger, O.P., head of the Springfield Dominicans.

Sister Mary Paul here receives the Gratiam Dei Award.
Sister Mary Paul here receives the Gratiam Dei Award.

Sister Mary Paul speaks.
Sister Mary Paul speaks to the guests.

The Drama Group
The Drama Group. Over on the right, that's Marty Bramlette on the piano, assisted by Jerry Hesse. In the red dress is Amy Billings. In the black dress is Jeannie Riga. At the microphone, singing, is Judy Felix. On the left, in the white shirt, is Kelly Williams.

Soloist from The Drama Group: Kelly Williams
Soloist from The Drama Group: Kelly Williams. That's Judy Felix on the left.

Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P.
Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., President, Marian Catholic High School

Nancy Dunagan, harpist
Nancy Dunagan, harpist

Rick Thiernau, Master of Ceremonies
Rick Thiernau, Master of Ceremonies, keeps things moving, with humor and gentility.

Rick is the Governor-elect of District 6450 of the local Rotary. He has also served on the Economic Development Committee for the Village of Homewood.

Father Pierre Barr and Ambassador Alan Keyes
Father Pierre Barr and Dr. Keyes

Patrick Wood and Ed Savant
Patrick Wood, student at Marian, and Ed Savant

Julie Savant Galvin and Lisa Savant Cameron
Julie Savant Galvin and Lisa Savant Cameron

Dr. Richard and Collette Wallyn
Dr. Richard and Collette Wallyn

More of the Savant Table
More of the Savant Table. Alex Kuehr, on the left, is a senior at Marian. His mother, Karen, is in the center. On the right is Mrs. Betty Savant.




Rosann and Martin Conroy
Rosann and Martin Conroy, ACP board members.

Rosann is a CPA; she has helped ACP with its bookkeeping and its annual 990 report for the federal Government.

Dave Thompson and Janet Tindall
Dave Thompson and Janet Tindall. Dave has perfect pitch. He is retired from management with Ford.

For many years, Janet has worked with the environment committee at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor.


Susan Vorwerk and Mayor Angelo Ciambrone
Susan Vorwerk and Mayor Angelo Ciambrone.

Susan is a speech therapist; her degree is from Kent State University, Ohio.

Since 1990, Mayor Ciambrone has been an advocate for preserving San Rocco parish and for its restoration. In 2002, he welcomed Cardinal George to the new San Rocco Oratory and read a proclamation for him, on behalf of the City of Chicago Heights. Mayor Ciambrone has served as the president of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA). He is a graduate of DePaul University.

Nancy Kaz, Pete & Darlene Ruhl, and Dan Ryan
From the left are Nancy Kaz, Pete & Darlene Ruhl, and Dan Ryan. Pete works in development for Marian High School. For many years, he was chief loan officer for Suburban Federal Savings, where Dan was president.

Joan Braden, checking out the auction table
Joan Braden, checking out the auction table. To her right is Pat Thompson of ACP.

On the table, to the left, is a signed, certified, leather-bound, first edition of "My Best to You" by President George H. Bush. This rare volume has a retail value in excess of $1,000.00. It was donated by the estate of the late Hal Pritchard, who frequently attended the ACP Benefit in years past.

More of The Drama Group
More of The Drama Group, from the left, Kelly, Amy, and Jeannie.

In the foreground is Mrs. Dorothy McCaughey, mother of Sister Mary Paul.

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