Henry Bros. Company will receive this year’s Shield of Saint Xavier Award. The award will be conferred at the President’s Scholarship Ball on Sat., April 6 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
The Shield of Saint Xavier is the University’s highest honor; it is awarded annually to outstanding people who are nominated by the University community and chosen by our Board of Trustees. Recipients of the Shield of Saint Xavier are honored for their support of Saint Xavier’s mission of academic excellence and social concern, and for their demonstrated commitment to these important values through the quest for learning and dedication to service exhibited in their own lives.
The President’s Scholarship Ball has raised millions of dollars for the Presidential Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to Saint Xavier’s most deserving students. This gala event is open to the public. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact (773) 298-3748 or visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: ball. Media interested in attending the Ball should contact Karla Thomas at (773) 298-3937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry Bros. Company has been among Saint Xavier’s most generous lifetime donors and supporters. It has supported the Scholarship Ball since 1990 and has served as the Dinner Sponsor at the Ball. And third generation co-owners George Ferrell and Bill Callaghan have chaired the SXU Golf Classic since its inception over 16 years ago. This event has grossed over $1.3 million toward scholarship support since 1997.
“As a valued partner and generous supporter of Saint Xavier University over three generations, we are absolutely delighted to recognize Henry Bros. Company for its patronage of this institution and sponsorship of our students by presenting them with this special award,” said SXU President Christine M. Wiseman, JD. “Among other things, we owe the tranquil beauty of our campuses in Chicago and Orland Park to this innovative full service construction company that helped us maintain the growth of our campus life.”
The founding partners of Henry Bros.Company, brothers Robert and Patrick Henry, began a legacy responsible for building hundreds of churches, schools, rectories, convents and other religious institutions for the Archdiocese of Chicago and many religious orders of brothers and sisters, including the Sisters of Mercy. William H. Callaghan, Sr. (nephew of brothers Robert and Patrick) and George P. Henry (son of Patrick) were the second generation owners of the company from 1966 to 1987. William and his wife Maxine have attended Saint Xavier and Mercy Sisters fundraising events for over 50 years.
Present co-owner George Ferrell himself helped to fund the renovations of Saint Xavier’s Ferrell Field. Ferrell Field is named in honor of his brother, Richard, who was a baseball player at SXU and was tragically killed in a car accident during his first year in the minor leagues. George is married to Lorna Ferrell, and co-owner Bill is married to Nancy Callaghan, ’78, a member of the President’s Advisory Council.
Henry Bros. Company has built or renovated much of the Chicago campus since the mid-1970s, including the Outdoor Sports Center, the Shannon Center, McDonough Chapel of the Mother of Mercy, and all the residence halls. The Orland Park Campus also was built by Henry Bros. Company in 2003. Currently, the firm continues to work on renovations of the library and associated high tech learning facilities.