Loras Legacy Ball Makes Historic Impact on Student Support

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College’s fourth Legacy Ball, The Roaring Twenties, raised nearly $420,000, totaling over $1.3 million in student aid support since the Ball’s inception in May of 2017.

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this premier event brought alumni and friends together to celebrate Loras’ students and provide student aid support. 

Greg Gumbel (’68)

“It was a tremendous evening that celebrated Loras and brought alumni and friends of the college from Dubuque and beyond together while raising a record amount of cash that will provide scholarship awards to Loras College students, our next generation of leaders” Mike Doyle (’91), J.D., vice president for advancement and treasurer, said.

The event showcases Loras’ tight-knit community. Sponsored by local companies and Loras-affiliated families, the event would not have been possible without the support from the Dubuque community and volunteers John Schmidt, Creed Waelchli (‘ 97), Susan Steele, Scott McGuire (’05), Martha Doyle, Amy Printz (’08), Abby Drolema (’05) and Jeff Potts (’82). 

Loras alumnus Greg Gumbel (’67) served as master of ceremonies as nearly 200 guests took part in an auction that included one-of-a-kind experiences such as an oceanfront oasis, a behind-the-scenes tour of the CBS studios in New York, a private dinner with Loras College President Jim Collins (’84), and more.

The Legacy Ball continues to have a profound impact across campus, enhancing students’ lives both in and outside of the classroom. Without the scholarship awards made possible by this event, life at Loras would be drastically different for some students.

The next Legacy Ball is scheduled for May 6, 2022.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).