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The annual Benedictine College Scholarship Ball, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, has again been named a Top 10 fundraising event in the Kansas City area by The Independent magazine. This year, co-chairs Kevin and Colleen “Cocoa” O’Malley and Lené Westerman have set the popular event for the evening of Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd. The Scholarship Ball includes dinner, awards, entertainment and dancing to live music by the Michael Beers Band. More information and reservations are available online here.
Each year, the Ball features the presentation of the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict. The College established the award in 1969 as a way to recognize alumni and friends who have supported charitable institutions, provided civic or religious leadership, and demonstrated professional excellence. This year, the prestigious award goes to Lené Westerman ’85 and Larry ’72 and Janet Munro ’81, G ’02 Wilcox.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named the best private college in Kansas by the Wall Street Journal, one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.