Founders' Celebration

Please click here to read our 
Founders' Celebration Digital Program Book

Meet Our Featured Speaker!


Ulises is originally from Waukegan, IL & graduated from Cristo Rey St. Martin in 2013. He attended Loyola University Chicago and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre in 2017. He's a proud SAG-AFTRA member/performer, a substitute teacher for Waukegan & Chicago public schools, a theatre arts teacher, and the Founder & Executive Director of U DA One Marketing LLC. Acting credits include films that have gone onto Hollywood premieres, National TV shows, Chicago Broadway & Chicago Regional Theatre, Voiceover work, and Print/Model work. As the sole-operator of a small business doing marketing consultancy, creative & artistic thinking is at the forefront of his everyday life. When he's not working he enjoys playing & making music, reading, listening to podcasts, catching up on tv shows, practicing yoga, journaling, and meditating.


Reinvigorate our Corporate Work Study Program

Our Corporate Work Study Program is vital to our students’ development and our school’s financial success. This past year the program was particularly impacted due to the pandemic, resulting in $1,000,000 loss in revenue. We need your support as we continue to adapt, training student workers to answer corporate needs, whether it’s remote or in-office work.

Help Counselors and Nurses Find a Way

CRSM is blessed to have a strong Counseling and Nursing staff. This year they have worked to find a way to help our students and their families cope with the serious financial, emotional and healthcare issues caused by the pandemic. Establishing protocols to keep COVID out of the building, assisting with the college application process and working to secure college scholarships are just a few of the ways they have done that. The annual cost of these services is $200,000 or $500 per student.

Provide Tuition Assistance

Family tuition payments total $500,000 annually or $1,250 per student. Though our students contribute to their tuition through their work study earnings, families are also required to pay a portion of tuition. The economic damage from the pandemic has been particularly devastating to our community. The need for your support is even greater this year.

Keeping our Students Safe and Healthy

Beginning in March 2021, more students are returning to in-person learning. While continuing all social distancing and CDC safety measures, we're also testing students for COVID at least once a week using Abbott's BinaxNOW testing, with an estimated cost of $40,000 through the end of summer school, or $2,000 per week.  

Advance Learning Technology

Each student receives a Chromebook when they begin their journey at CRSM. This significant and on-going financial commitment to technology has proven to be even more crucial when developing a successful hybrid remote learning model. Each Chromebook costs $300 or $40,000 for an entire grade level of students.

Self Identity, by our CRSM Senior, Ashanti Jacobs

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company

Visionary Sponsors


Deborah and Ray Guerin

Academic Sponsors

Charles W. Patricia S. Bidwell Charitable Foundation

Hollister Incorporated

Kathy and David Kennedy

Perry Family Charitable Foundation

The Rosenbloom Family

Professional Sponsors

The Foley Family

Lynn and Andy Kopon

Rust-Oleum Corporation

Clarke and Pat Smith

Underwriters Laboratories

A Special Thank You To...

May 1st 2021

You have been there for us through thick & thin, come rain or come shine. 
This past year of trials & tribulations is no exception - you are truly our silver lining. 

Exciting News: An anonymous donor has generously offered to match all donations up to $25,000!

Video Time Stamps:

Fr. Foley - 5:35

Ulises Acosta - 10:03

We’re excited about tonight’s program; we’re sure you will enjoy our Silver Linings presentation.
If you reserved a celebration package, you may have already received a special thank you that will appeal to the gourmand in all of us - delivered to your door by J&L Catering.
We’re happy to celebrate you - one of our silver linings.

Founders' Silver Lining Program:
  • Introduction by Preston Kendall, President of Cristo Rey St. Martin
  • Father John Foley S.J., Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer, The Cristo Rey Network
  • Interviews with CRSM Students, alumni and Faculty
  • Ulises Acosta, CRSM Class of 2013, Loyola University Class of 2017, Key Note Speaker