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February 27, 2020

Free Throw Championships

Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444, on Chicago’s Southwest Side, had four local grade school students advance from the Council’s 2020 free throw championships at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on January 25 and nab age-group free throw crowns during the Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Championships on February 16th at St. Christopher School in Midlothian. A record turnout of 40 local grade school basketball players competed in the Council’s event.

John Mikrut hit 21 of 25 free throws (85%) to win the boys 13-year old bracket. Collin Lawlor also shot 85% from the line to best the 10-year old boys. His brother Ryan scored 19 of 25 free throws (76%) to take the 11-year old category. All three boys attend Mount Greenwood Elementary School.

Julia Simpson, a St. Christina student, was tied in first place with another competitor in the girls 11-year-old division after 25 attempts with 13 made shots (24%). She rallied to win by hitting 4 of 5 shots during the tie breaker.

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Left to right: Collin Lawlor, 10; John Mikrut, 13; Ryan Lawlor, 11; and Julia Simpson, 11. 

February 20, 2020

South Side Irish Parade Announces 2020 Grand Marshal and Honoree

The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announces “Thankful for Catholic Elementary School Teachers” will be this year’s Grand Marshal. The Committee is thankful for all of the hardworking individuals who dedicate their lives to educating Chicago’s Catholic school children and has invited 16 local area schools to participate as the Grand Marshal unit.

The Tom Hopkins Foundation is the 2020 Parade Honoree. The foundation, founded by the children of Tom Hopkins or “Papa Hops”, strives to assist families affected by cancer and to support youth athletics. 

Full story available in the Mt. Greenwood Express


February 13, 2020

Crystal Heart Ball Raises $450k

The OSF HealthCare Foundation Little Company of Mary Medical Center hosted its 30th annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 1, at the Field Museum. The premiere gala, the largest on Chicago’s southwest side, raised $450,000, with proceeds benefitting OSF Little Company of Mary’s Emergency Department modernization project.

More than 670 guests danced the night away to the musical stylings by Maggie Speaks – Talk of the Town Big Band, while experiencing international cultures and artifacts from around the world. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Nancy Loo, WGN News reporter. 

Full story available in the Mt. Greenwood Express


FEBRUARY 6, 2020

De La Salle Student Honored at PUSH Scholarship Breakfast

De La Salle’s Alexandre Coleman ‘22, was recently honored at the PUSH for Excellence 30th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Chicago downtown.

Alexandre received the Dr. King/President Johnson Faith in Politics: Game Changer STEM Award for the impact he and others have had addressing the issues of poverty, economic injustice and educational inequality.

Alexandre was lauded for his two years of work with the Dream Hustle Code Team for whom he is a student ambassador. As a student ambassador, Alexandre encourages other students who are interested in STEM and shows them how it is present in everyday life.

Full story available in the Mt. Greenwood Express


Alexandre Coleman, ABC 7 Chicago news anchor Terrell Brown, and fellow honoree Allegra Coleman.

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