Events and activities to keep connected!

Learn about upcoming events:

  • The W Club event at Wrigley Field 4/16/2020
  • Deaconess Reunion in St. Louis 3/10/2020

View past event photo books and videos.

An Exclusive Experience Just for You!

The W Club at Wrigley Field

April 16, 2020 | 6:00 to 9:00 PM

A unique setting, the W Club, located on the third-base side of Wrigley Field, opened in April 2019. This new club, available only to season ticket holders on game days, offers private views of the Chicago Cubs’ batting tunnels and one-of-kind memorabilia on display.

An evening you will not want to miss! An evening to network with corporate partners, donors, alumni and scholarship recipients of Adtalem, Chamberlain University, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

How can you be a part of this exclusive event? Register today to secure your spot as space is limited. By participating in this unique event, you will be advancing the mission of Empower Scholarship Fund in assisting students to reach their educational goals through scholarships.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information, please contact John Stachniak..

Celebrating Deaconess Alumni!

Chamberlain University – St. Louis Campus

March 10, 2020 | 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Jennifer Bussen, DNP, RN, president of Chamberlain University, St. Louis and Kelly Pearce, MHA, RN, FACHE (Deaconess Grad 2000) president of the Empower Scholarship Fund are hosting an evening to honor Deaconess alumni.

Tickets: $10 per person (donation to Kathleen Modene Memorial Scholarship)

Refreshments and 2 drink tickets included.




2015 Minnick Hill Syrah

 2015 Sagemoor Vineyards Riesling

  By purchasing one or both of these fine wines through our partnership with Aspen Lane Wine Company, you will be benefiting students with scholarships.  

Past Events

September 24, 2019 – River Cruise – Highlights

Thumbs Up for Scholarships

Empower Scholarship Fund Board with student scholarship recipients

John Stachniak, Tedroy Jackson RUSM, Anna Axentiev RUSM, Sonya Evanosky, Matthew McCarthy CU, Victoria Lord RUSM, Kelly Pearce, Dr. Alicia Sweeney RUSVM, Dr. Una Miculinic RUSVM and Maggie Leen

Ross University School of Medicine Students and Leaders

Dr. Bill Owen – RUSM Dean, Sarah Bibby, Tedroy Jackson, Kathy Boden Holland – President Medical and Health Group ATGE, Victoria Lord, Francesco Fiumara and Alex Axentiev

Commemorative Wine Bottles

On the Bow

Great Event

Kelly Pearce with Krista Smith, Katrina McGuire, Kathy Boden Holland, Marianne Hulbert, Sara Zou and Patrick Sanchez

Aspen Lane Wine Company

Sonya and Bob Evanosky

Empower Scholars


John Stachniak with Dr. Alicia Sweeney DVM, Dr. Una Miculinic DVM, Victoria Lord and Anna Axentiev


Dr. Jeremy Buishas, Carl Stoltenberg, Dr. Arlene Rodriguez and Mary Collins

Empower Scholars

Tedroy Jackson, Victoria Lord, Anna Axentiev of Ross Med with Kelly Pearce

Dr. Susan Groenwald and Francesco Fiumara

Board member and student of Ross University School of Medicine

Adtalem Global Education Leadership

Donna Jennings, Kathy Boden Holland, Maggie Leen and Sonya Evanosky

Prairie Fire

Patrick Perry, Shanna Haycraft, Amanda Kassel and Natalie Wise

Ross Vet Alumni

John Stachniak, Dr. Jeremy Buishas DVM, Dr. Mike Buedel DVM, and Dr. Arlene Rodriguez DVM

Chamberlain Alumni

Emily Ann Keller, Dr. Susan Groenwald (former Dean of Chamberlain University) and Carlien Van Jaarsveld

Proud of Chamberlain University

Carlien Van Jaarsveld and Emily Ann Keller alumnae, Matthew McCarthey student scholarship recipient with fiance’ Chineso Okoro

Interior of Craft


Matthew McCarthy, Empower Scholar

Carlien Van Jaarsveld, Alumna

Emily Ann Keller, Alumna

Dr. Karen Cox, Dean

Aisha Barnes, Alumni Manager

Enjoying a great cruise

Marianne Hulbert, Maggie Leen, Carl Stoltenberg and Mary Collins

On the River

Text to Give

Ross University

Dr. Bill Owen Dean of Ross Med and Dr. Susan Groenwald board member

Chicago River


Thank You!

Cantigny Golf Club

Wheaton, IL

The Empower Scholarship Fund Golf outing has been the largest fundraising event each year, and has raised nearly $1.8 million since its inception in 2012. The Fund was established to provide assistance to students who have a strong academic record and a financial need. Proceeds from the golf outing go towards student scholarships. Thank you for supporting student success.

September 25, 2018

7th Annual Golf Outing

Thank you for a successful golf outing, raising $340,000 towards student Scholarships.

We especially thank our sponsors:

$50,000 Presenting Sponsor: Ascend Learning

$25,000 Platinum Sponsor: SoftChoice

$15,000 Gold Sponsors: Howard Design Group, Liberty Mutual and Mercer

$10,000 Eagle Sponsors: Capgemini, El Oso Construction, Google, Performics/Zenith, Sprint and United Airlines

$7,500 Birdie Sponsors: AwardSpring, PNC and Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

$5,000 Par Sponsors: Ambassador, Bank of America, BMO Harris, CDW-G/HP, Facebook, Henricksen, NICEinContact, iProspect (Leapfrog), Mohawk Group, Newmark Knight Frank, Northern Trust, Parchment, Prairie Fire and Vision Integrated Graphics Group

Video of Golf Outing 2018

Tournament Winners - El Oso Construction

Presenting sponsors Ascend Learning with Adtalem Leadership

CEO Lisa Wardel greeting guests

Foursome from United Airlines

Guest speaker Ryan Dempster