Red Tie Ball raises money for Lewis’ Mission Fund

Samantha Carlson, Co-News Editor

Photo by Ron Mulk.
Special guest, (middle) Tom Skilling, and mission fund receipients, Lyela Mutisya (left) and Anthony Lyen, attend the Red Tie Ball.

In a night filled with dancing, cocktails and entertainment– money was raised in to help students in need of funds to finish their degree. Sponsors, alumni, Board of Trustee members, faculty, students and special guest, WGN Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, were just a few people in attendance at Lewis University’s annual Red Tie Ball held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on Sept. 9.  Guests arrived at the Palmer House in ball gowns and formal attire to celebrate the Mission Fund. The event included a cocktail hour with hor d’oeuvres, a five-course dinner and a live auction with dancing and live music.

Each year, Lewis hosts the Signum Fidei black-tie event to raise money to support the Mission Fund. All proceeds from the night go directly to the fund, which is then given back to students. The proceeds come from ticket entry costs and raffle tickets sold during the event. The grand prize for the raffle included two tickets to see Hamilton and three bottles of Cooper’s Hawk wine.

The fund is set up to help students in danger of withdrawing due to financial hardships. The Lewis Alumni website states, “Since its inception, more than 250 students who were facing potential withdrawal from the niversity due to severe financial hardship have been able to continue their pursuit of a degree through support from the Mission Fund”.

In attendance to this year’s ball were alum Anthony Lyen and senior Aviation Administration major Lyela Mutisya – two students who received the Mission Fund to help them obtain their degrees.

“If it weren’t for the Mission Fund, I would not be set to graduate in December,” said Mutisya. “Because of the fund, I was able to come back to Lewis and attend the career fair, from there I got an internship over the summer and now I get to graduate.”

After receiving the fund, Lyen graduated in 2014 and majored in Elementary Education and Print Journalism. He is currently teaching fifth and sixth grade Social Studies at St. Daniel Prophet School in Chicago.

During the event, President Livingston gave a speech thanking everyone involved in making the Mission Fund possible. He gave respects to the number of diverse students who attend the university, including those who enroll right after high school or after they have been in the workforce for multiple years and all the Christian Brothers who make help the university all that it is today. The Mission Fund coincides with the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, where each teacher and faculty member dedicate themselves to each students’ education, regardless of their financial circumstances.

To be considered to receive the Mission Fund, students must meet the requirements of having successful progress towards finishing their degree, tried all other financial aid resources including student loans, have a parent who has lost their job due to the economy, have a permanent disability or have been affected by an illness or death.

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