St. Rita High School held its annual golf outing last week at GlenEagles Country Club in Lemont, IL. Once again this event brought alumni from all over the country from decades past to come together one last time before the school year starts. St. Rita is wrapping up its 107th year as a college preparatory school and everyone in the building is looking forward to their 108th, especially newly appointed President, Ernie Mrozek.
Ernie Mrozek ‘71 was a member of the football team as a student and was also a part of the 1970 Prep Bowl Championship team. President Mrozek has been an integral part of the St. Rita family for years, being a key member on the board of trustees and for the past four years, he has served as the Chairman of the Board. The golf outing was Mrozek’s first major event as President of St. Rita and his tenure could not have started off any better. “The Alumni Golf outing was another great event for the St Rita Family,” President Mrozek stated. “Over 230 Ritamen of all ages came together to share memories and have fun, knowing that they were helping current Ritamen and their families in the process.”
The statement Mrozek makes about “helping current Ritamen and their families” refers to the fact that every dollar raised by the golf outing will go to support tuition assistance for current students. With the rising cost of Catholic education, it is an event like this that helps defray those costs and allows parents to send their young men to St. Rita. The golf outing allows families to give their sons a great Catholic education when they otherwise may not have the means too.
Tom Ramsden, Director of Institutional Advancement, has now coordinated three St. Rita golf outings and feels this year may have been one of the best ever. “I cannot be happier with how the day turned out,” said Ramsden. “It was a great day for St. Rita, the support we received was absolutely terrific and we raised over $38,000 for tuition assistance. It would not have been possible without the Advancement team and the golf outing committee, I could not be more thankful for their efforts.”
A part of that Advancement team is Ed Leiser ‘04, one of the major coordinators of this event. He was vital in finding alumni both young and old ranging from the class of 1953 all the way to the class of 2010. Being an alumnus himself, Leiser realizes the importance of this event and how it affects the students at St. Rita. “Our Ritamen and other supporters came out today and showed their generosity and support and it is very inspiring to see,” Leiser stated. “Our current students and their families will benefit greatly from this year’s Golf Outing, which was a major success.”
The weather was beautiful, the course was beautiful and the players had plenty of opportunities to show off their golf skills. Before the event started, each player had the opportunity to win $5,000 by making three putts of different lengths. They were also able to test their skills on two different holes called “Beat the Pro” and “Beat the Alumni”. The pro was St. Rita’s very own, Craig Ferguson, the Director of Admissions and Head Coach of the State Champion Hockey Team. The Alumnus was Mike Stawski, class of 2001, and current Director of Marketing for St. Rita. The players ranged from your casual weekend golfer, to your scratch player, all there to support St. Rita High School.
After golf was over, each player was invited for a sit down dinner which involved a silent auction and Mustang raffle. The silent auction had an impressive array of items including tickets to all five professional teams in Chicago as well as tickets to an Illinois football game. The auction and raffle also included overnight stays downtown, numerous gift cards and certificates to some of the trendiest places in the city, and the very popular, mustang gear.
Another successful outing was in the books but not before Ernie Mrozek could acknowledge those that made it possible. “A special thanks is owed to Bob Gallagher ’83 and the Alumni Golf Committee,” Mrozek stated. “I also need to thank Tom Ramsden and the schools’ Advancement Team, for their tireless efforts in organizing one of the best and most successful outings ever. We can’t wait to do it again next year!”
St. Rita’s next major event will take place on August 25th at Soldier Field as the football team takes on neighborhood rival, Marist High School at 3:00pm. Please come out to support your Mustangs.