Sapphire & Gold Gala

35th Annual Sapphire & Gold Gala

 

The 2024 Sapphire & Gold Gala was a huge success. Thank you for your support!

Please save the date for the 36th annual Gala, which will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2025.

Contact Sheila Price for more information.

The annual Sapphire & Gold Gala is St. Luke School’s largest fundraiser. Parents, teachers, alumni, and friends come together and raise money to help St. Luke School continue to provide a quality Catholic education. All money raised at the event goes directly toward the operation of the school. These funds help offset increases in operating expenses, while maintaining our outstanding programs.

About the Sapphire & Gold Gala

2024 Gala Honoree: Sarina Butler

Sarina and Jim Butler moved to River Forest in 1988 with their toddler daughter, Anne, and their newborn daughter, Laura. Her family has been a member of St. Luke Parish since then and both girls graduated from St. Luke School in 2000 and 2001, respectively.

Sarina is a proud product of Catholic school education. She graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School and Mother Guerin High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her graduate degree from DePaul University.

During her professional career, she held leadership positions at Illinois Bell, Ameritech, Montgomery Ward and the American Bar Association. In 2009, she retired from the ABA to form the Butler Group, a professional consulting firm focused on assisting major businesses in affecting culture change, specifically related to acquisitions, divestitures and new business directions.

Sarina has been a passionate volunteer with and leader of numerous not-for-profit organizations, especially those focused on the health and well-being of children in need, including the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society and the Saving Lives Foundation.

Her commitment to St. Luke Parish and St. Luke School extends over the past 35 years. In the years her daughters attended St. Luke School, Sarina and her husband were involved in many volunteer activities, including the Gala, the establishment of the school’s first computer lab, and other projects too numerous to list. Sarina also has served in many Parish ministries and leadership positions, including the Renew My Church process, bringing together St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parishes and developing a unified culture.

Each new year, she resolves to learn to say “no” when invited to help in whatever seems to be the latest challenge, but, somehow, her passion for the Parish and the school always wins.

Here is a list all of the committees on which she has served and led:

  • Member and Chair, Baptism Preparation (15 years)
  • Member and Chair, Liturgical Environment (19 years)
  • Chair, Arts and Environment Committee (8 years)
  • Chair, Parish Pastoral Council (5 years)
  • Member, 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign Committee
  • Chair, 125th Parish Anniversary Luncheon
  • Member, Parish Restoration Planning Committee
  • Member, Renew My Church Discernment Committee
  • Member, Parish Liturgy Committee (35 years)
  • Member, Communication Advisory Committee
  • Co-chair, Cookbook Committee
  • Member, Sacristan Committee
  • Member, Bereavement Committee
  • Vice Chair, St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish Council

 

2024 Heart of St. Luke Honorees:
Mike & Noreen Leavy

Noreen Leavy was born and raised in Chicago and is the youngest of seven girls. Her father, Pat, was a hard-working union tile setter, while her mother, Joan, was a stay at home mom. Noreen’s older sisters attended St. Bartholomew School, followed by Madonna and Notre Dame High School. After moving farther northwest in the city, Noreen attended St. Ferdinand School and Mother Theodore Guerin High School. Mike grew up in Oak Park, where his parents still reside. He was the youngest of 5 children and has four older sisters, all of whom attended Oak Park public schools and Oak Park River Forest High School. Mike’s father, Mike, was an early computer programmer and his mother, Patricia, was also a stay at home mom. The Leavy family grew up as active Parishioners St. Edmunds, where his parents still serve as ushers today.

Mike attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and then Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He met Noreen in 1993 through friends, right after she graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Their 8-year courtship ended with Mike placing a ring in a pumpkin that he asked Noreen to carve. They were soon after married at Ascension Church in Oak Park and joined St. Luke Parish in 2004 after purchasing their home on the northside of Maywood. Noreen and Mike consider themselves extremely blessed to have raised their four kids with the help of the St. Luke community. Mike is a funeral director at Peterson-Bassi Chapels and Noreen is a middle school English teacher at a charter school in Chicago.

All four of their children, Sam, Max, Caroline and Auggie, attended St. Luke School from 2006-2023. While Mike has always been a member of the St Luke Men’s Club, Noreen has served as an active member on various committees. She served as the Vice President of the Family School Association (FSA), was President of the St. Luke Athletic Committee and President of the St. Luke Women’s Club. Her love for competition inspired Noreen to form the St. Luke Bowling League and to coach more than a few of her own children’s St. Luke athletic teams. She continues to demonstrate her enthusiasm for athletics by coaching our current St. Luke Bearcat boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams, despite her own children having graduated. Noreen and Mike hope to lead by example, teaching their children to give back to their community.

Noreen and Mike are extremely humbled in being in the company of the Morrisseys, Dooleys and Kitti McSorley in accepting the ‘Heart of St. Luke School’ award, knowing the dedication that these past recipients have contributed to our school’s rich, 102-year history.