Please join Brother Rice High School in celebrating its 65-year anniversary at the 3rd Annual Be Exceptional Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Loews Hotel Chicago.  Doors open at 6:00 PM for a silent auction and refreshments, followed by a plated dinner and live auction, as well as live musical entertainment by The Connexion Band.   

This year’s honorees include Couple of the Year, Dan (‘03) & Liz Huber; Organization of the Year, G3 Construction; Blessed Edmund Rice “Be Exceptional” Community Service Award, Dan Weishar (‘11); and Jim Antos “Act Manfully In Christ Jesus” Community Service Award, John Wakerly (‘66).  The event’s Chair Couples are Kevin & Catherine Klinger and Dave (‘82) & Carol O’Keeffe.

Brother Rice High School strives to make high-quality Catholic education affordable by allocating funds for need-based financial assistance, as well as for scholarships that recognize students’ achievements. The Be Exceptional Gala will raise money to provide such tuition help to Brother Rice students, who, over the past year, received nearly $1.6 million in assistance with an average per-student award of over $2,400.  

For 65 years, Brother Rice High School has remained a vibrant, successful Catholic high school on the southwest side of Chicago, providing young men the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their lives: spiritually, academically, and athletically.  The theme of Exceptionalism—evident in all aspects of the Crusader community, from their students, parents, and families to their alumni—shines through in Brother Rice’s commitment to preparing young men for lifelong learning and guiding them to develop a strong moral compass, rooted in the motto to “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus.”  

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Be Exceptional Gala are $300 per person, $3,000 per table of ten (10), and $5,000 per corporate table of ten (10).  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Mike Zunica at 708-289-8801 / or Anna Fratto at 773-429-4476 /