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Nazareth Academy to honor 4 with Pillars Award

LA GRANGE PARK – Each year, Nazareth Academy presents the Four Pillars Awards as a way to acknowledge and honor alumni and those connected to Nazareth who are thriving in their communities or careers and continue to represent the school’s four pillars of scholarship, service, spirit and unity.

Nazareth will honor the 2019 recipients at a Mass and reception in their honor at 4 p.m. Sept. 28. The Mass will take place at the Congregation of St. Joseph Chapel, with the reception to follow in Nazareth’s Oremus Media Center.

“It is with great pride that we lift up these amazing people who continue to embody the very essence of our mission,” Nazareth President Deborah Tracy said. “Years and often generations beyond their time gracing our halls, they remain steadfast in creating a legacy of making our world a better place. We congratulate this year’s outstanding recipients and express our gratitude for being such wonderful role models for us all.”

Scholarship: Barbara and Thomas Santoro of Willow Springs are Nazareth alumni parents. They established the Lisa Marie Santoro Scholarship Foundation in memory of their daughter, Lisa, who was killed at the age of 18. To date, 26 Nazareth students have received college scholarships through this foundation.

Service: Sheila Brown Sullivan, a 1957 graduate and Plainfield resident, has given countless hours of service to Nazareth Academy and her community. She has cared for the health and well-being of thousands of her neighbors through her volunteer work and vocation as a nurse. The list of organizations she has served is vast but her capacity for generosity is even greater.

Spirit: Lisa Hable Urzen, a 1984 graduate and Westchester resident, began her Roadrunners career at the age of 10 as a band camp attendee and has shared her time and talent since. She graduated from Nazareth, was a substitute teacher, a volunteer in numerous areas and is an alumni parent of Courtney, Class of 2015.

Unity: Sr. Marianne Race, a 1957 graduate, has held many roles at Nazareth Academy, including student, teacher, administrator and current board member. She is also a leader within the Congregation of St. Joseph in La Grange Park. Her visionary thinking and dutiful stewardship are invaluable to the growth and stability of Nazareth and her influence can be seen and felt in every area of campus.