The Founders' Dinner has its roots in a celebration created over a half a century ago to
honor the men and women who made Loyola University Chicago into a
thriving place of higher learning – a foundation that we build on today.
In 1959, President James F. McGuire, S.J. conceived an event, Founders' Day, to honor Arnold Damen, S.J. and the founding of our University.. Awards given on this day honored alumni and friends that exemplify the hallmark of a Loyola education: leadership and service to others. The last Founders' Day was held in 1994. In 2002, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., renewed this storied tradition on the one-year anniversary of his appointment as the twenty-third President of Loyola University Chicago. Father Garanzini wanted to honor those who established Loyola, those who built on that foundation, those who give it life today and those whose vision looks toward the future.
The Founders' Dinner highlights the achievements of alumni that honored their alma mater through their community, corporate or philanthropic leadership. The Dinner is held on campus in a beautifully transformed Joseph J. Gentile Arena. Guests are treated to an evening of entertainment that has included guest emcees, the always-popular Founders' Dinner Chorus and a live orchestra that plays throughout the evening. The Dinner benefits Loyola's Presidential Scholarships, a program that awards 4-year scholarships to academically qualified students.
Since 2002, over 80 alumni and friends have been honored at Founders' Dinner. The variety of awards includes the President's Medal, Heart of Loyola, Spirit of Loyola, Dux Mirabilis, Caritas, Coffey and Damen Awards. View This Years Awardees
This year's award recipients who will be honored at Founders' Dinner on June 8, 2013. If you would like to attend, please visit LUC.edu/founders.