Top Bar

Bishop McNamara



100 Year Gala Logo Once Upon a Time One Hundred Years of Irish Tales


Join us on November 12, 2022 from 5pm - 12 Midnight for our 100 Year Gala to celebrate One Hundred Years of Irish Tales. This spectacular evening at Bishop McNamara promises a merry time with dinner, silent and live bidding, and music by Big Beat Band all while nestled in grand decor!

100 Year Gala Web Banner Gold
100 Year Gala About the Event Buckle Banner

Our gala will begin at 5:00 pm so guests can enjoy cocktails, comradery, and unique decor.

100 Year Gala Sponsorship Opportunity Buckle Banner

If your business or family is interested to become a partner to this event, please contact Peggy Mayer at

100 Year Gala Donate an Item Buckle Banner

If you have a special item or experience to donate to our 100 Year Gala, please contact Peggy Mayer at

100 Year Gala Web Banner Gold

Chairpersons & Honorary Chairperson


Francis and Jean Smith

BMCS 100 Year Gala Honorary Chairpersons

Bishop McNamara is pleased to announce Mr. Francis “Smitty” and Mrs. Jean Smith as the Honorary Chairpersons for the 100 Year Gala, Once Upon a Time, One Hundred Years of Irish Tales.

With a history of supporting Bishop McNamara spanning over 50 years, Smitty (St. Patrick Central, Class of 1960) and Jean have been vitally involved in every phase of growth for Bishop McNamara. Their service includes leadership on the School Board, Huddle Club, Madcaps, and Annual Dinner Auction. In 2001, Smitty served as co-chairman of the 2001 Capital Campaign, Stand with Us, which raised $2.5 million for capital improvements. Smitty has also served on the Board of Directors of Manteno State Bank, HomeStar Bank, Indian Oaks Academy, and Riverside Medical Center. Once their four children were all in school, Jean went to work for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. When the State of Illinois closed Manteno State Hospital in 1986, Smitty led the effort to develop the vacated facility into the Illinois Diversatech Campus, which today brings many businesses, creating thousands of jobs for the area. Smitty and Jean assist with the operation of the Dennis Smith Legacy Foundation, which is a tribute to his brother Denny. The foundation provides approximately $50,000 annually in scholarships to Bishop McNamara students. All four of their children are Bishop McNamara graduates, William’ 84, Pam ’85, Michael ’89 and Kelly Smith ‘95 Haley.


BMCS 100 Year Gala Chairpersons

Nick Meghan Elliott 100 Year Gala Chairs

Our 100 Year Gala Chairpersons are Mr. Nick '06 and Mrs. Meghan Billadeau ’06 Elliott.  Nick and Meghan are the proud parents to Nora '36 and Charlie '39.  Meghan is a former employee of Bishop McNamara and is still an active volunteer in the Advancement Office.  Nick currently leads the Bishop McNamara Catholic School Board as President and is a former President of the Irish Alumni Association.  Nick, Meghan, and the 100 Year Gala steering committee are working hard to plan an event to rival the next one hundred years!  They can’t wait to celebrate 100 Years of Irish Tales on November 12th!

Green textured Header for Website 100 Year Gala



Progressive Raffle Artwork with 100 Year Logo

Good Luck in the Drawing!


Thank you to our community! On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, thank you for your continued support of our school.

Good Luck to everyone in the final drawing on November 12, 2022 at the 100 Year Gala. Ticket sales are now closed. Winners will be announced at the Gala. Winners do not need to be present to win!

Green textured Header for Website 100 Year Gala

Entertainment: Big Beat Band


With their fresh and authentic sound, Big Beat plays a custom mix of all of your favorite Contemporary Dance hits, 80’s and 90’s party classics, 60’s, 70’s, Motown, R&B, Sinatra and swing.
Learn more about Big Beat.

Green textured Header for Website 100 Year Gala