Dick and his wife Janet have devoted many, many hours to a variety of causes. They have been involved in fund raisers for their local Catholic high school for 30 years, spending over 150 hours each year creating show rooms, publishing an ad book, and decorating classrooms. This effort raised over $400,000 last year. Dick has also spent many hours each year for the past three years on the Loyola Academy Ramble and, since 1999, has volunteered twice a month as a docent at Quigley Preparatory Seminary on a project to restore its stained glass windows.
Dick and Janet have led over sixty-five one-day PreCana marriage preparation workshops and an additional twenty one-on-one sessions for engaged couples.
For the past 14 years, Dick and Janet have taken senior citizens on a 10-hour tour of Chicago, which includes 8 to 10 stops and a meal. They also donate one private tour each year, in their van, as a fund raiser for a charity raffle. Janet is a gourmet cook, and she and Dick donate 7-course, 5-wine dinners in their home for charity raffles. For 25 years they have been actively engaged with their suburban parish’s sharing program with a Chicago inner-city parish.
Dick estimates that he spends about 200 hours each year on projects of the Notre Dame Club of Lake County, including sending local teachers to Notre Dame’s Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference, collecting food for a canned food drive and winter coats for a Project Warmth drive. Finally, Dick runs the Club’s Senior Alumni Breakfasts.