Alumni Gala

The Alumni Gala is the signature event of Saint Joseph’s Alumni Association and an opportunity to spend an evening with old and new friends.

At this annual event, the University presents the Shield of Loyola, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. The recipient is a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has had remarkable success in his or her profession, whose life reflects the values of St. Ignatius Loyola, and who has demonstrated unparalleled loyalty to Saint Joseph's University.

The recipient of the 2014 Shield of Loyola, Joseph J. Oakes, III '64 is president of Acorn Financial Services, a leading life insurance and financial services firm, based in N.J.  His sons, Joseph IV and William, are also Hawks from the Class of '94 and '98 respectively. A former Trustee of Saint Joseph's University, Joe also serves on the Haub School Board of Visitors. He has also co-chaired the Committee for the President's Cup Invitational, a golf outing that helps raise scholarship funds for the University's presidential scholars.  An avid Saint Joseph's Hawks basketball fan, Joe is a season ticket holder who can often be seen cheering on the team.

This is a great event to enjoy an evening with fellow alumni while we recognize and celebrate those who embody Jesuit ideals and are committed to furthering SJU’s mission.  Proceeds from the Alumni Gala support our students through the Shield of Loyola Scholarship Fund.

Don’t miss the Alumni Association's signature event!

  "Go forth and set the world on fire."
— St. Ignatius Loyola

Please email Georgette Hamaty or call 610-660-3286 for information about sponsorship opportunities.

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