Philip Potempa | December 9, 2014
CHICAGO — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hosted more than 600 guests, who traveled from throughout Indiana to Chicago Saturday, to honor Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.
The gathering was the 109th Black-Tie Gala of the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation held in the ballroom of the Fairmont Chicago hotel.
Hesburgh, 97, had planned to attend when originally told last summer of the planned honor. However, last month, he decided not to travel, due to difficulty with his vision. Instead, his award was accepted by Paul Browne, University of Notre Dame vice president for public affairs.
“Even though Fr. Hesburgh traveled the world, he always eagerly awaited to return to Indiana, which he considers his home,” said Browne of Hesburgh, who was born in Syracuse, NY and moved to Indiana as a semenarian to attend University of Notre Dame.
During Saturday’s gala dinner, Pence also awarded six Sagamore of the Wabash distinctions to six of the past presidents for the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation.