The 38th Annual Dinner Auction , “A Million Dreams,” was held under the big top on Friday, November 5th at Bishop McNamara Catholic School’s Kankakee site.
On behalf of the students, faculty, and administration, the BMCS Annual Dinner Auction Steering Committee would like to thank the over 400 guests who attended the event, our BMCS Major Sponsors, Annual Dinner Program Sponsors, Item Donors, and Volunteers. It was a huge success!
The Honorary Chairperson, Reverend Dan Belanger, C.S. V. was our honored guest. Father Dan truly carries out our mission and vision of Catholic education by making a significant difference in the lives of many of our students, through his gracious and cheerful generosity of serving Bishop McNamara.
A multitude of thanks goes out to our Chairpersons, Scott and Jenny '90 Fogel, whose commitment and dedication of time and sacrifices to make our evening a very special event for Bishop McNamara Catholic School.
Congratulations to our Progressive Raffle Winners!
BMCS 38th Annual Dinner Auction Honorary Chairperson
We are pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Chairperson, Reverend Daniel Belanger, C.S.V. Fr. Dan was first introduced to Bishop McNamara in 2000 when he was the youth minister at Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais.
During his first fourteen years with the Viatorians he was known as Brother Dan. In 2007, he was ordained a priest at St. Thomas More, Henderson, NV. Fr. Dan’s first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier in Belize. In 2009, he returned to the states and began his ministry as the pastor of St. George Catholic Church in Bourbonnais and of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. At that time, he was also hired as the chaplain at Bishop McNamara for the next 10 years where he celebrated Masses regularly with the students and assisted campus ministry with school retreats. Fr. Dan has a passion for gardening and spent numerous hours beautifying the landscaping on the school grounds. Fr. Dan’s love of coffee evolved into the creation of the Holy Grounds Café located at the BMCS Kankakee site where he frequents weekly and will happily offer you an expresso and share in conversation.
Fr. Dan says, “I am honored and never dreamed I would be a part of this spectacular event! Please make plans to attend “A Million Dreams” and help make the students of Bishop McNamara Catholic School’s dreams come true!”
BMCS 38th Annual Dinner Auction Chairpersons
Our Dinner Auction Chairpersons are Dr. Scott and Mrs. Jenny Keigher ‘90 Fogel. They have 3 children, Hannah, Molly ’22 (BMCS senior), and Teddy ‘26 (BMCS 8th grade). Jenny’s family represents 3 generations of Irish alums. Scott and Jenny have been busy planning this spectacular event with the steering committee. They are super excited about getting everything prepared and are looking forward to seeing many of you under the big top on November 5th!