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Remaining seats are limited. If you still need to register, please call Lisa Heizer at 815.836.5545.

After last year’s Red Tie Ball success, we’re rolling out the red carpet for an even bigger and better evening with a new reception location – starting from the ground floor up!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Palmer House Hilton/Empire Room/Grand Ballroom
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois


Brother James Gaffney, FSC, with students

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University who will be retiring from the presidency next year after 28 years of service, will be the guest of honor at the Lewis University Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago.

Reservations are available now for the gala which will include an opening reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a five-course dinner, live auction, dancing, and music by the Dan Hayes Orchestra.

Sponsored by Lewis University and its Board of Trustees, the Red Tie Ball will benefit the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. In the past six years, more than 275 students experiencing severe financial hardship have been able to continue their degree studies through additional assistance provided by the Mission Fund.

Highlighting the event will be recognition of Brother James Gaffney, FSC, as an Honorary Founder of Lewis University for his leadership, accomplishments and service as President. A faculty member in the Theology Department at Lewis in the early 1970s, he subsequently served as Provincial of the Christian Brothers. In that capacity, Brother James also served as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees for 11 years. He has been a member of the Board for a total of 39 years. Since his inauguration as President in 1988, he has revitalized and greatly expanded the university, providing leadership and vision that has emphasized excellence in academics, dramatic enrollment growth, major campus expansion, integration of Mission throughout the University, a constant focus on students and strong ties with the community.

Men will receive red bow-ties to wear to the Red Tie Ball. Transportation is also is available at no cost to guests from the south and southwest suburbs by Free Enterprise Systems, with pickup and drop off locations at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville and regional site in Oak Brook.

View photos from last year's event!

For overnight accommodations at a special rate, contact the Palmer House at (312) 726-7500 and mention group code LUS. Please note, space is limited.


6 p.m. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres Reception (New Location Empire Room/Lobby Level)

7:30 p.m. Five Course Gourmet Dinner (Grand Ballroom 4th Floor)

Live entertainment, Music by the Dan Hayes Orchestra, Live Auction, & Dancing will follow!

Complimentary, exclusive valet parking (drop-off and pick-up) will be provided via the Wabash entrance of the Palmer House. Please indicate you are attending the Lewis Event.

Mission Fund

All proceeds from the Red Tie Ball will be directed to the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. Since its inception in 2009, more than 275 students who were facing potential withdrawal from the University due to severe financial hardship have been able to continue their pursuit of a degree through support from the Mission Fund. Learn more about the Mission Fund and see the students who have received support through this fund.


This year, complimentary deluxe motorcoach transportation to and from the event will again be provided by Free Enterprise System. 

Transportation from: Romeoville Campus

One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

4:45 p.m. departure from Lot L; leave Palmer House at 11:00 p.m.


Transportation from: Oak Brook Campus

1111 W. 22nd Street, #700
Oak Brook, IL 60523

5 p.m. departure from front of campus building; leave Palmer House at 11:00 p.m.



Thank you to our sponsors!


Each reservation, less projected dinner cost of $150.00, is tax deductible as provided by law.