Trinity High School Celebrates Outstanding "Bal Domininique"

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Trinity High School, in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, challenges young women to seek faith, knowledge, and truth. The school community guides young women in developing skills for lifelong learning, an ethic of care and the desire for excellence. Each student is recognized as unique. In a nurturing, Catholic, college preparatory environment, she is encouraged to become self-directed toward responsible participation in the global community in order to impact society, Church and family in the twenty-first century.

Since 1964, Bal Dominique has served as a critical fundraiser for Trinity High School. In recent years, the focus is to support financial assistance. On April 8, 2017, close to 450 people attended our event at the Butterfield Country Club. This exhilarating evening was the biggest to date, raising more than $335,000 for financial assistance. Trinity had the great privilege of honoring incredible leaders who embody its values of knowledge, faith, and strength. Honorees Bob and Marcia Coleman began their service to Trinity in the 1990's when their daughter was a student. The most significant impact of Bob and Marcia's service can be seen in Trinity's participation in the International Baccalaureate Program. As Board Chair, Mr. Coleman was the driving force behind Trinity becoming the second school in the state of Illinois to adopt this highly selective, global, academic program. Although Mr. Coleman passed away in 2015, the Trinity community continues to benefit from the indelible mark left from his service. In 2016, Newsweek named Trinity one of the 6 best IB schools in the country.

Father Thomas J. Hurley was given the Trinity Leadership Award for his incredible dedication and service to Chicago as pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church. Sr. Michelle Germanson, O.P., President of Trinity High School, has known Father Hurley since she taught at St. Cajetan's, and Tom Hurley and his siblings were students. Coming full circle, it was an extraordinary honor and privilege for Sister Michelle and the Trinity community to present the leadership award to this ever-caring, compassionate, and benevolent friend to our school and to Catholic education.

The rigorous collegial atmosphere at Trinity makes it stand out amongst its peers, and as a result, the school offers both scholarship money and tuition assistance to students demonstrating financial need. Of our student body, 40% of students receive financial assistance. In the spirit of accessibility, Trinity High School and our Board of Directors set tuition at the lowest level so that families who want to take advantage of this exceptional educational opportunity have that chance. Hence, no one at Trinity bears the true cost of education.

In 2018, Trinity will celebrate 100 years of educating and empowering women. Trinity's ability to innovate, push boundaries, and thrive throughout our 99 year history breeds the strong, empowered, compassionate, and accomplished young women reflective of that very mission.

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Lavezzorio, Director of Special Events, at 708-453-8343 or mblavezzorio@trinityhs.org 

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