Knight of Jewels gala celebrates IC Catholic Prep’s successes

Fundraiser brings in more than $225,000 to support high school activities, improvement efforts

Knight of Jewels
Julie Hurt (from left), IC's girls tennis coach, Dawn Calcagno, girls cross country coach, Steve Hipskind and Molly Radoha enjoy the entertainment before dinner. (Photo provided by IC Catholic Prep)

ELMHURST – On March 18, IC Catholic Prep hosted their 47th Annual Knight of Jewels Gala with the theme of “Celebrate the Knight,” paying homage to the Knights of past, present, and future.

The Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook provided the perfect backdrop to showcase this year’s walk down memory lane. The evening began with a red carpet style photo opportunity for arriving guests while IC alumnus Ben Johnson, from the Class of 2016, performed on the piano. Celebrate the Knight was an inspirational evening, filled with fabulous food and drink, dancing to live entertainment by SPG Trio, and fond memories of the traditions of IC.

This year’s keynote speaker was Bill Krefft ’03, IC Head Football Coach of the 2016 IHSA Class 3A State Championship Team. Coach Krefft delivered a moving message about IC’s overall commitment to excellence for its students, athletes, and alumni, which has created a deep and strong foundation for the many generations of students yet to come. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from freshman Louis Narcisi and senior Autumn Gage as they reflected on what it means to them to be a Knight.

Successful fundraiser

The Knight of Jewels is the high school’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing alumni, benefactors, families, friends and the community an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous evening while raising funds for the school. Proceeds from this event will help to transform the lives of IC students through enhanced academic and extracurricular programs, updated technology throughout the campus, and professional development of the faculty and staff.

This year’s event, chaired by Jim and Maureen Kenneally and Steve and Terry Remy, included a new format for fundraising. Instead of bidding on trips, sports tickets, or spa baskets, guests were asked to open their hearts through Fund a Knight and IC is proud to announce that more than $225,000 was raised. Donations to Fund A Knight are still welcome and openings are still available for the Buy-In Parties. Information can be found on the website or by contacting President, Amy Fahey at 630-530-3485 or

Note to readers: A previous version of this story had an incorrect caption beneath the main photo. The Elmhurst Titan apologizes for the error.