Alumni Association Events and Functions
We invite alumni to review the following and contact Jim Casey ‘70 at email@example.com or 773-429-4456 or Jan Hickey at JHickey@brrice.org or 773-429-4340 if you are interested in participating or supporting these events and functions, or if you are interested in adding new events or revising current ones.
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Brother Rice and Leo Alumni Night, following the Varsity Basketball game at 5:00 p.m. at Reilly’s Daughter, 111th and Pulaski in Oak Lawn. Complimentary pizza and beverages will be provided thanks to our sponsors.
March 1, 2019 – Alumni Softball League New Team Signup – Please have roster (15 player/ half must be alumni) ready by 3/1/19. Contact Jim Casey or Jan Hickey with questions. April captain’s meeting is TBD.
Friday, March 15, 2019 – Career Day
Friday, June 21, 2019 – Alumni Golf Outing at Gleneagles in Lemont
*See event descriptions below for more information
Alumni Meetings and News:
Monthly Board Meetings-Second Monday of the Month
Beginning in August and continuing through June, the vice president of alumni services and alumni board president preside over the agenda that includes reports on the results and progress of past and ongoing activities and events. Alumni from all years who wish to help improve our events and activities are welcome to attend.
Please contact Jan Hickey (773-429-4340) for exact date and time.
Contact Vice President of Alumni Relations Jim Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Alumni News in Print and Online and Throughout the Year via Email
Alumni News is no longer disbursed twice a year into all active alumni mailboxes via USPS. Since you are already reading this on the website, you already know the website address above, but we recommend you keep it at your disposal for continuous alumni news. Additionally, you support your alma mater every time you go to the website, helping us build our case for website advertising.
Thousands of alumni and friends are already receiving continuous alumni and school news emailed throughout the year. In addition to continuous information about events and activities, alumni read profiles of alumni accomplishments posted at the links above and or emailed to our contact list. We welcome even more suggestions for newsworthy stories for expanded coverage of Alumni News. Contact Jim Casey ’70 (email@example.com), Kaitlyn McCormick (Kmccormick@brrice.org), or Jan Hickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your newsworthy stories about fellow alumni.
Brother Rice High School and the Alumni Association also sponsor the printing and mailing of the Rice Review at no charge to active alumni in order keep these graduates informed about school and alumni events.
BRAIN for Business
The Brother Rice High School Alumni Association established the formation of the Brother Rice Alumni Interactive Network for Business (BRAIN for Business) in April 2013. The goal of BRAIN for Business is to continuously connect members of the Brother Rice business community, yielding endless business, job and internship opportunities for our alumni and Brother Rice High School students alike, hold regular networking meetings throughout the Chicagoland area at business affiliated with or owned by BR alumni, while also publishing an online directory of alumni businesses. We also hold regular networking meetings throughout the Chicagoland area at alumni owned or managed businesses, while publishing an online directory of alumni businesses.
Membership is open to all Brother Rice alumni.
We are currently seeking to expand the leadership of BRAIN for Business. To that end, we seek three alumni – one alumnus who is from the 80’s or older, one from the 90’s, and one from the 00’s or younger who wish to lead the group in seeking alumni to host, sponsor, and promote 3 BRAIN for Business meetings per year throughout the Chicagoland area.
If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a BRAIN for Business meeting, please contact Vice President Alumni Relations Jim Casey ‘70 at 773-429-4456 or email@example.com.
Faculty Appreciation Party
Hosted at alumni-owned Reilly’s Daughter since 1987, the tradition continues there in order to show appreciation for the dedicated faculty and staff at Brother Rice, sometime within the first two weeks of September. Sponsorships are encouraged to help offset the cost of the event.
All-Alumni Reunion Dinner with Ad Book
Friday, November 8, 2019 ~ The All-Alumni Reunion Dinner will be held in the Carmody Center (BRHS cafeteria). For the 8th consecutive year, we are hosting the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner on campus. Special anniversary reservations are available for graduating classes of ’64, celebrating their 55th; ’69, celebrating their 50th; ’74, their 45th; ’79, their 40th; ’84, their 35th; ’89, their 30th; ’94, their 25th; ’99, their 20th; ’04, their 15th; ’09, their 10th; and ’14, their 5th.
The cost for dinner is $80 per person and a “Special Young Alumni (2009-2014) Rate” of $60. Contact Jim Casey at 773-429- 4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help update our database with current addresses and emails. Contact Jan Hickey at Jhickey@brrice.org or at 773-429- 4340 or Jim to make reservations today.
Show us your business, school, class anniversary, and community spirit with a business ad or special message in the program booklet. Alumni who cannot attend can be there in spirit with ad-book messages to classmates and honorees. Ads are the primary source of revenue for the Alumni Association, which helps keep alumni informed and united through many events and notices throughout the year. Costs for ads range from $60 to $1,500. Contact Alumni Director Jim Casey to find out how to support your alma mater or to learn more about the upcoming dinner and other alumni events.
Class Gifts for the Brother Rice Foundation
In order to sustain the future of the school, during the months leading up to the Alumni Dinner, members of the Brother Rice Foundation extend appeals for class gifts to those classes celebrating their 50th, 40th , and 30th anniversaries.
Yearbook Distribution for the Class of 2019 ~ Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Beginning in 2010, the Alumni Association has sponsored pizzas and soft drinks for the most recent graduates to come back on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving to pick up their yearbooks. Hosted by the journalism/yearbook class and Ms. Becky Pacetti, Jim Casey and Jan Hickey will be joined by Larry Heavey ’71 and Joe Ferrick ‘75 to serve the pizza and pop and welcome back our newest alumni for their first and largest reunion of classmates.
Union League Club Professional Reception
Annually sponsored by Dr. Marty Burke ’80 and hosted by the President and Institutional Advancement team at Brother Rice, this gathering of Brother Rice alumni professionals takes place at the Union League Club on the first Thursday in December.
The 2019 Alumni Night will be held this year at Reilly’s Daughter, immediately following the 5:00 P.M. Varsity Basketball game against Leo on Saturday, January 26th. Complimentary pizza and beverages will served. Hosted by the volunteers in the Alumni Association, school personnel and co-hosted by Leo alums, the reception is supported by sponsors who are displayed on a sign, posted on alumni news and the alumni website, and very much appreciated. Additional sponsors can contact Jim Casey or Jan Hickey.View the 2018-19 basketball schedule here.
Friday, March 15, 2019 – On Career Day, alumni come to share stories about their various paths from Brother Rice to their careers. All junior classes and many senior classes devote most of the day hosting alumni. This is an opportunity to teach our young men something you know well, while networking with fellow alumni and greeting former teachers. Contact Jim Casey at email@example.com or at 773-429- 4456 if you would like to participate.
Junior of the Year Scholarship
Founded and named after John P. Leahy ’61, this award honors five finalists, including one winner, nominated first by their fellow classmates and then the teachers and staff members of Brother Rice High School. Finalists are awarded plaques at the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner and receive scholarship funds toward senior-year tuition. Alumni Vice President Jim Casey personally visits all the junior classes to thank them for their participation in Career Day, make them aware of the many alumni activities after they graduate, and conduct the student ballot for the Junior of the Year.
Larry Platt ’68 Essay Contest
Jim Casey escorts alumnus Larry Platt ’68 to all the sophomore classes to introduce the Larry Platt Essay Contest. More than 40% of the class have traditionally participated since 2003, with 100% hearing Larry’s message about why he sponsors the scholarship, demonstrating alumni support to young Crusaders at an early age.
Graduation – Welcome to the Alumni Association
On their last day of school in May, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mike McShane ’87 reminds the impending graduates again about how alumni involvement supported them throughout their four years, and he invites them to give back and participate as soon as they are able. Mike is then joined by Jim Casey and collects updated cell phone and email addresses for continuous connecting.
After the graduation ceremony, Jim Casey and Larry Heavey ’71 form a receiving line welcoming all new graduates as they process out from graduation. They are handed a Jim Casey business card with a label on the back indicating their first reunion – the yearbook pick-up/pizza party the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Alumni Golf Outing
The Alumni Golf Outing is held at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont. Founded in 1986, the golf outing has grown to play host to as many as 225 golfers, most of whom also join their fellow Crusaders for dinner. While the Alumni Association raises approximately $10,000 from the tournament, most of the fees and donations are poured right back into the event, which has made it an affordable outing that creates lasting memories. Contact Jim Casey or Jan Hickey for more information.
STAT (Seniors Today Alumni Tomorrow)
Established in 2003, Seniors Today Alumni Tomorrow connects today’s seniors with the Alumni Association by inviting them to purchase a STAT polo shirt that they can wear in lieu of a school approved polo. Participation has shown increased momentum, as the special privilege is yet another noticeable display of unity with alumni.
Alumni Softball League
Since 1974, the Alumni Softball League of Brother Rice is the largest high-school alumni softball league in the Chicagoland area. The league is also noted for its family “picnic-like” atmosphere on Sunday afternoons. Initial team meetings take place in early March, with games played in May, June, and July. The age range for these players is from 18 to 50-something, with occasional appearances from players in their 60’s. Contact Jim Casey if you would like to enter a team this year. Bob Amedio ’93 is the League Commissioner and it is his leadership that has led to the growth of the league. Alumni wishing to join an existing team or form another should contact Jim Casey or Jan Hickey before March 1, 2019.
Over the years, the Alumni Office has sponsored or supported anniversaries of championships and memorial liturgies. The Alumni Association also assists organizations, teams, or any group of alumni who gather and remain connected to the mission of Brother Rice High School.
Alumni also support the school as donors, members of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, the Development Committee, the Dads’ Club, committees for anniversaries, special parties, and by attending and/or organizing groups to support the Circle of Champions Athletic Hall of Fame in April, Back to School Barbecue, the Foundation Golf Outing in August, the CAAC Golf Outing in September, and the Sports Night in March. While these activities and events are not hosted or sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Office and volunteer members offer continuous and valuable support.
Class, Club, and Team Captains
Class Captains help build attendance to events, especially during their anniversary years. Class Captains begin by finding lost alumni and building networks through social media. Contact Jim Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gift to Brother Rice High School
If a surplus is available after paying our alumni secretary and sponsoring the Rice Review and many and various school and community events, and after purchasing many Mass cards throughout the year, we are glad to offer a gift to the school. Most recently, the Alumni Association has donated thousands of dollars to the Lifeguard Fund, the capital campaigns, for iPads for the scanning of 52 yearbooks to be posted on-line, for resurfacing the track, and for general school improvements.
Other Alumni Events:
Homecoming Reception – Sponsored & Hosted by the Athletic Department
Circle of Champions inductee announcements, a great game, and a post-game reception, all in one night at beautiful Gary Little Stadium on campus, hosted by the Athletic Department on Homecoming Friday.
Circle of Champions – Sponsored and Hosted by the Athletic Department
For more details see this web page.
Foundation Golf Outing at Beverly CC – Sponsored and hosted by Ed Napleton ’69 Dealership Group
Contact IA Vice President Mike McShane ’87 at email@example.com, Jim Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Larson at email@example.com. Traditionally, the event is held the last Monday of August.
CAAC (Crusader Athletic Alumni Club) Golf Outing – Sponsored and hosted by the CAAC and Tim O’Connell at Ridge Country Club
Contact Tim O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Traditionally, the outing is help the second Saturday of September.
Please contact Mike, Jim or Kevin if you wish to be informed of every event that supports Brother Rice including golf outings, the Murrihy Outing in July or the Laguinitas Fundraiser on July 9, 2019.