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Nearly $250,000 netted for students at Signum Fidei event

Michael and Madeline Hughes honored and nearly $250,000 netted for students at Signum Fidei Celebration

Published: September 20, 2012.


(Left to right) Brother James Gaffney, FSC,
Madeline Hughes, Michael Hughes and
James LaGrippe, chair of Board of Trustees

Lewis University honored Michael and Madeline Hughes at its annual scholarship benefit—the 2012 Signum Fidei Celebration on Saturday, September 8 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The event, attended by approximately 500 guests, netted a record-high of almost $250,000, greatly surpassing last year’s previous high net income of approximately $195,000. Now in its 14th year, Signum Fidei Celebration proceeds are directed to the Lewis Mission Fund, which provides additional assistance to the university’s most financially at-risk students. Approximately 160 students to date have been able to continue their pursuit of a Lewis degree through support from the Lewis Mission Fund which was established in 2009. The vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle remains very much alive at Lewis University, characterized by high standards of teaching, caring faculty, a diverse student population and a strong focus on its commitment to educating all qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances.

The Signum Fidei Award is presented annually to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the “Sign of Faith” in their contributions to society and to the university. Originally from Chicago, Michael and Madeline Hughes are now residents of Oak Brook who have long been active in supporting Lewis University. President and founder of Huen Electric, Inc., Michael Hughes holds the title of Trustee Emeritus at Lewis University where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2002, serving as Vice Chair and providing highly-valued guidance and expertise during a period of transformation of the university’s Romeoville campus as well as the dynamic growth of academic programs.

The couple also provides leadership and volunteers in organizations including the Misericordia/Heart of Mercy Home which provides a community of care for those with developmental disabilities. The couple has integrated the value of service to others into the Huen Corporation, now one of the top five electrical contracting firms in the Chicago area with several locations in Illinois, New York and New Jersey. Michael Hughes also serves as Director of the Huen Foundation, Inc., and company employees participate in various events for the community. He also has provided leadership as Board President for the Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and as an Advisory Council member for Misericordia, Madeline Hughes has worked with children with disabilities at Little Friends for many years and now spends many hours volunteering with the elderly.

The Signum Fidei Celebration included an opening reception with silent auction, which was followed by a gourmet dinner, awards ceremony, live auction, raffle and entertainment. Chicago news anchor and icon Bill Kurtis of CBS 2 served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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