Senior, Brianna Ortega opened the event with a prayer.
Sister Donna Marie introduced Patrick McCaskey, followed by a warm welcome by the students and staff.
Pat McCaskey gave a moving, and at times humorous presentation which included the importance faith, family and sports have in his life. He shared life-long lessons which he learned from sports and the impact his parents and grandfather have had on his life. Mr. McCaskey even shared a few stories from his high school days at Notre Dame College Prep as well as memories from the days of Mike Ditka. Mr. McCaskey had some interesting thoughts on what positon each of the Apostles would have if they were to play football. Throughout his presentation it was very clear that the most important thread running through every aspect of his life is, faith. Faith is the greatest treasure Mr. McCaskey received from God and from his parents and it is the greatest gift he shares with others.
After Mr. McCaskey spoke, Senior, Olivia Canova presented Mr. McCaskey with a check for his favorite charity, Sports Faith Radio Station WSFI 88.5 FM. The donation was raised by the students as part of "Bears' Apparel and Colors Day."
Ms. Katie Kikos then gave a tribute to Virginia McCaskey, Pat McCaskey's mother. The following is a little summary of Ms. Kikos' tribute:
Virginia McCaskey is an amazing role model for all women. She has balanced her father’s legacy with raising her family (she has not only 11 children, but over 42 grandchildren and great-grandchildren) and her faith, and has influenced countless people. Her leadership style is much like the way God leads many of us; she is there for those who rely on her, and her impact is great - yet she gracefully steps back and allows others to take the spotlight, taking pride in the success of the organization as a whole rather than the role she has played.
|Note on the screen over Ms. Kikos' shoulder the wording on Mrs. McCaskey's Plaque|
After Ms. Kikos spoke, Jaque Gerlach presented Patrick McCaskey with an award for his mother and Candy Chau gave him roses to take to his mother.
Then it was time for photos and autographs!
Special thanks to Ms. Katie Kikos, Mr. Joe Lascon, Mr. Brad Czernik, Ms. Alisa Martorano, and Ms. Marianne Boe for all their help in planning and preparing for the event!