With the support of the Mother McAuley High School Board of Trustees, school donors and the McAuley community, Mother McAuley High School hosted its annual gala on Feb. 25, and this year, the event went virtual in a fun, upbeat, successful and first-ever live-stream celebration.

Normally, the event is held in person at Beverly Country Club, but organizers were inspired by the teachers, staff and students at McAuley who have survived and thrived through their experience this year as virtual instructors and learners.

During the gala, emcee Carey Harrington, vice president of institutional advancement, guided over 3,000 virtual viewers through a nostalgic tour of iconic McAuley places—past, present and future-ready. The virtual gala was a joyous celebration of McAuley, filled with many videos from alumnae, friends and family who admire the empowered McAuley women in their lives.

Also featured, the stars of the show, current McAuley students, who shared their talents of singing and dancing in true McAuley excellence.

Many familiar faces made a special appearance including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, Sr. Rosemary Connolly, RSM, and comedian Pat McGann and his wife, Sara, who all shared uplifting messages for the McAuley community.

Boosting the competitive spirit, this event featured a trendy, healthy raffle and a COVID-friendly auction that ignited the compassion of record-breaking bidders. The virtual gala raised nearly $400,000 for tuition assistance.

During this year’s mission moment, viewers witnessed the powerful story of a family who was impacted by the generosity of donors. This overwhelming support is a true testament to how McAuley continues to remain “Mighty” throughout any obstacle.