As we enter the mid-point of our summer vacation, planning is well underway for The Claver Society’s Summer Soiree. The Summer Soiree will be held on Saturday, August 4th at Saint Ignatius College Prep. This signature event honors outstanding contributions of African American alumni and this year will honor Dawn Hasbrouck ’94, news co-anchor at FOX TV.

The Claver Society was created in 2013 to support the Claver Endowment, initiated on February 1, 2001 by Art Reliford Sr. ’72, an alum, past parent and former teacher to help finance the education of African American students who require tuition assistance. To date, over $400,000 has been raised for our students.

The Claver Society works to secure the expansion of the Claver Endowment as well as partners with BOSS (Black Organization for Successful Students) and our Diversity Director to support current students and create mentoring opportunities, hosts student and alumni welcoming events, College and Professional Panel discussions and dinner, which is held every November, and other social networking opportunities. This spring, The Claver Society hosted Mike Strautmanis ’87, Chief Engagement Officer for The Obama Foundation.

Past honorees, Will Evans ’73, former President of Peoples Gas and Art Reliford Sr. ’72, a life- long educator and founder of the Claver Endowment. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet alumni, present parents as well as friends of the school and supporters of the Claver Society  Four of the current Board of Trustees are members of the Claver Society and our Director of Diversity is an alumnae and Claver member.

Please plan to attend the Summer Soiree and consider yourself a beacon of light for our students.  You are changing the lives for many of our recipients.

To register for the Claver Society Summer Soiree, please CLICK HERE

To become a Claver Society member please sign up by CLICKING HERE

Please contact Libby Lucas with any questions or 312-432-8369.
























Claver Summer Soiree - 8.4.2018 - Registration Now Open




Thanks to the generosity of the school's St. Peter Claver Society and Art Reliford '72, a large group of Ignatius students were recently treated to a viewing of the new Marvel Comics blockbuster movie, Black Panther. The students began their day by attending the 40th Annual African American Heritage Mass.  





Tom Pikarski ’89 and Maureen Gilhooly Pikarski ’90 were the raffle winners for the Claver Society Chicago White Sox private suite raffle! The game was held on Monday, July 31st 2017. (The Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola). Tom and Maureen hosted members of their family, including Maureen Pikarski Murphy '87, Jack Gilhooly '87, John Pikarski '20 and Mr. and Mrs. John Pikarski, Jr. (honorary alumnus) for a memorable evening watching the White Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays.

All proceeds went to the Claver Endowment. Congratulations to the Pikarski family. Thank you to all of our generous supporters who purchased tickets and thank you to Comcast Sports Net for their generous donation.

The Claver Society welcomed back members of the school community to the annual Claver/BOSS Welcome & Farewell Potluck on Sunday, June 4. The event took place in the Fr. Grant Quadrangle and McLaughlin Room where guests enjoyed drinks, burgers, and hot dogs. The event served as a chance to say good luck to outgoing seniors and welcome incoming families. Special thanks go out to Erin Toole Williams ’87 and Christine Riley ’93 for coordinating the event and to David Fuller ’91 for providing his grilling services.

On Saturday, August 6th, the Peter Claver Society hosted the Summer Soiree and welcomed over 150 guests for a cocktail party and reception honoring Art Reliford '72. All proceeds supported the Peter Claver Endowment which provides tuition assistance for African American students at Saint Ignatius. Thank you to all of the event sponsors and all who attended.

Please CLICK HERE to see more photos from the event.


The Claver Society and student group BOSS hosted a welcome & farewell potluck on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in Tully Hall. The attendees had the opportunity to say good luck to outgoing seniors and welcome incoming families. Thanks to all who attended. 

Vision BoardsOn Monday, November 23rd, more than twenty BOSS students along with many Claver Society members and Fr. Michael Caruso, S.J. gathered for the first annual Vision Board presentation and dinner at Saint Ignatius.

The BOSS students created vision boards depicting their goals, aspirations and mentors.  Following the board presentations all enjoyed a buffet dinner and lively conversation. Thank you to Cheri Smith, Art Reliford ’92 and Curtrice White Scott ’90.



On Sunday, August 6th , Saint Ignatius and The Peter Claver Society welcomed over 150 alums and friends to the Claver Family Picnic. The day was filled with great food, old friends and generations of Ignatius families!

We are grateful for all of the support from our alumni and friends of the school who donated their time and services! We will continue this tradition and will host the next Claver Family Picnic in June of 2016.

SPEAKING EVENT  - 4.30.2015
Dr. Marcia Chatelain Yapelli ’97, Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University, visited Saint Ignatius as part of her book tour for her newly released publication, South Side Girls: Growing Up during the Great Migration. She can be seen below with students after her talk in the library. The Claver Society then held an evening reception where Chatelain Yapelli ’97 spoke about her book. CLICK HERE to read Marcia's biography on the Georgetown University Website. 


SUMMER SOIREE - 8.2.2014 
Saturday, August 2nd kicked off the inaugural Summer Soiree to benefit the Claver Endowment. With the generous help of Gerald McCarthy ’80, Curtrice White Scott ’90, Erin Toole Williams ’87, Valerie Waller ’83, Art Reliford ’72, The Alvin Bell Family and Kevin Conway ’69, the event was a huge success and over $50,000 was donated toward the endowment. Will Evans ’73 was honored at the event. CLICK HERE to view the event photo gallery. 

Claver Society memberships and donations help Saint Ignatius maintain a diverse student body of the brightest minds throughout greater Chicagoland.

Memberships: The annual membership donation is $250 and directly supports the Claver Endowment. A young alumni/professional rate of $150 is available to alumni and friends of the school under the age of 30. You may opt for automatic annual renewal of your membership when signing up. Benefits of membership include: Reduced ticket prices for Claver events, recognition on the Saint Ignatius Wolves Den website, recognition in the Annual Appeal, recognition in the Alumni e-News and the Saint Ignatius Magazine. 


Other donations: If you prefer to support the endowment with a gift outside of the membership levels, you may CLICK HERE to make your gift online. Please select "St. Peter Claver Endowment Fund" from the drop down menu of endowment names. Or, you may mail a check to:

Saint Ignatius College Prep
1076 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Attn: Claver Society

We thank you for your support!

Please contact Libby Lucas at or 312-432-8369 with questions. 

Claver Society Members 2018-2019

Lifetime Members
Gloria and Alvin Bell
Felicia Bell ‘96
Monique Bell ‘99
Danielle Bell ‘03
Maria Green and Mr. Oswald Lewis
Rashod Johnson ‘93
Gerald S. McCarthy ‘80
Malik Murray ‘92
Carol and Arthur Reliford Sr. ‘72
Elisa and Arthur Reliford Jr. ‘92
Wintrust Financial

Benford, Brown & Assoc.
Jeri Bingham ’85
Antoniette Bordelon ’04
Hon. William Boyd ’70
Eden Brandon ‘85
Brian and Jeanette Conrad-Ellis
Willard Evans ’73
Mary Garrett
Dr. Perpetua Goodall ’93
Sheila and Wallace Harris ’83
Darrell Hill ’87
Kara Holloway ’87
Patrice Louis ‘04
Lori Lypson ‘93
Kimberly Mason ‘85
Abraham Matthew ‘05
Thomas McKenna
James Miller
Shadawn and Dale Morrison
Jetuan Pope ‘98
Christine Riley ‘93
Christopher Robinson ‘84
Curtrice White Scott ’90 and Patrick Scott ‘87
Anthony Spalla
Phillip Sutton ‘78
Valerie Barker Waller ’83 and Steve Waller
Erin Toole Williams ‘87
Carol Warsham-Perry, Ph.D
Jacqueline White

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