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Month: June 2019

Million Dollar Classic: Golf, Friends, and Saint Viator Athletics

Each year, golfers at Saint Viator’s Million Dollar Classic take aim at enhancing the school’s athletic programs and empowering its student athletes. This year, they had a lot to celebrate, with the junior varsity hockey team winning a state championship, the varsity hockey team making an appearance in the final four, the girls’ basketball team winning their first-ever sectional championship, and the boys’ track team accumulating a few IHSA state championship qualifiers.

And that only covers some of the many sports we have to offer here at Saint Viator.

Yes, it was a historic year for Saint Viator athletics, and guests at the 24th annual Million Dollar Classic, taking on the unpredictable weather we had, enthusiastically mingled with the student athletes at the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus-designed course at The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington.

“As a result of your past generous support, we have raised more than $2.5 million dollars to support our athletic programs over the past 23 years. With those donations, we have seen many upgrades within our athletic department such as full-time trainers, world-class strength and conditioning programs, and the addition of indoor scoreboards for the Boler Center. You and hundreds of other donors have made this possible and for that, I can not thank you enough” said Saint Viator President Brian Liedlich. 

The athletes chosen to address the crowd only underscored the outing’s success.

Senior Athan Huelskamp spoke to golfers, just weeks after breaking a 14-year school record in the discus on his second-to-last throw at state. 

Huelskamp described working with Saint Viator’s strength and conditioning coach, Alex Nadolna, in the Murphy Wellness Center — which has benefitted from Million Dollar Classic proceeds — and how they helped him become the athlete he is today.

In addition to a current student athlete speaker, there was also a young alumna speaking at this year’s Million Dollar Classic. Abby Dickey, a graduate from the class of 2010, spoke about her story and how athletics has guided her through life. 

Dickey said, “I played both golf and softball at Saint Viator. I had an awesome experience on both teams, and I learned a lot about myself throughout my time here. Even in high school, being highly involved in sports taught me time management, how to work with different personalities, and how to identify and lean on mentors.” 

Funds raised from this year’s event will continue to support the conditioning initiative and athletic training program. 

As the event wrapped up, awards were presented to the two winning foursomes:

First Place:
Carlson foursome

Papanicholas foursome

The annual Million Dollar Classic raffle winners were also announced:

Third prize: The Howarth Family

Second prize: The Maye Family

Grand Prize Winner: The Toczylowski Family

Many thanks go out to all who made this year’s Million Dollar Classic a great success!

24th Annual Million Dollar Classic to Celebrate Saint Viator Athletics

1Join us at The Club at Wynstone on Monday, June 24, in North Barrington for Saint Viator High School’s annual Million Dollar Classic. This event raises funds to support Saint Viator athletics and celebrates what it means to be a student-athlete. More than $2.5 million has been raised to benefit the school’s athletic program through the years.

All skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to play on a course known to be “one of the best in Illinois,” according to Golf Digest. In addition to 18 holes of golf, the day-long event includes lunch, dinner, prizes and a raffle for all participants. New this year is a ticket option for a Social Day at the Club, for non-golfers to join in on the festivities.

“The Million Dollar Classic allows the young men and women participating in sports to be champions athletically, academically and spiritually,” said Tom Ramsden, Vice-President of Development at Saint Viator High School. “This is a day when the Saint Viator community can connect over a game of golf with one common goal in mind, to assist the student-athletes within our athletic programs.”

Over 80 percent of Saint Viator students participate in at least one of the 27 sports offered each year. The Million Dollar Classic benefits all athletics programs and, in recent years, has provided funding for a new camera system and digital scoreboards for Mahoney Court. This event allows for further innovation and growth within the walls of Saint Viator High School.

As long-time Saint Viator advocates, the Murphy family has generously gone above and beyond to ensure the event is successful. Dan, JoAnn, Dan ‘04 and Jim ‘08 are the presenting sponsors of this year’s Million Dollar Classic.

Tickets for Million Dollar Classic can be purchased online at

Guests also have the option of purchasing tickets for the dinner only. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.

Athletic Director Jason Kuffel, and Director of Development, Kristen Daniels, talk Million Dollar Classic on an episode of the school’s podcast series. Listen here:

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