Fifth Annual ‘el-ə-vāt fundraiser celebrates the living legacy of CRSM

About 300 guests gathered on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at VenueOne North Shore in Deerfield to support Cristo Rey St. Martin (CRSM) and its mission to help deserving young men and women in Waukegan and North Chicago get to, and through college.

Because of the generosity of guests who live in Lake Forest and throughout the North Shore, Cristo Rey raised over $340,000 in gross proceeds. The donations will go to the school’s operating fund to help provide resources needed for a stellar education for students. At the same time, it is an especially significant year for the school as we move out of dilapidated campus into a much-needed new space in a former Kmart building that is being renovated into a modern educational campus at 3106 Belvidere Road in Waukegan. The new facility will accommodate the school’s growing enrollment from 95 students at its founding in 2004, to more than 400 currently. Further growth is anticipated as the school meets increasing demand.

This year’s theme honored the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), in which families in parts of Mexico and Latin American honor and celebrate the legacy of departed loved ones.

“This reminds us that we did not get here alone,” said Preston Kendall, president of CRSM. “Other people have been with us on this journey, believing in us, providing us with moral support, and even monetary support when we needed it. The students of Cristo Rey St. Martin are on their way to becoming persons for others, they are on their way to making our world a better place. Just as we have been helped to get ahead, now we can help them get ahead, too. Tonight offers a chance to honor those people who came before us by paying it forward for those who come after us, especially those who truly need an opportunity.”

Cristo Rey St. Martin is grateful to not only the event’s attendees, but also to sponsors of the event including: Gelber Group, Kinter, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Charles & Patricia Bidwill Charitable Foundation; MacLean-Fogg; Paul and Patricia Purcell, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Dave and Cindy Rosenbloom; Tom and Mary Dee; Macy’s; McShane Construction Company LLC; Donald and Mary Ellen Patton and Steve Weiland.