Maroon & Gold, Concordia University Chicago’s premier fundraising event of the year, will honor four outstanding individuals for their contributions to Lutheran education and community service. The gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14 in the University’s Geiseman Gymnasium.

Outstanding Undergraduate Awardees: David Hahn and Janet (Cline) Hahn

David Hahn BA '75 and Janet (Cline) Hahn BA '75 are recipients of the Outstanding Undergraduate Award in recognition of their extraordinary efforts in advancing Lutheran leadership growth and development. David Hahn, the executive director of the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS), has demonstrated unparalleled leadership throughout his career. Over 43 years, he significantly contributed to Lutheran schools in Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and New York. Janet Hahn, the administrative assistant of ALSS, has similarly displayed unwavering commitment to Lutheran education. Her previous role as an advisor to the National Honor Society from 2008-2019 attests to her dedication to fostering academic excellence. As a commissioned Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) teacher, she has made a lasting impact on Lutheran schools over many years.

One Heart Awardee: Rev. Bart Day

Rev. Bart Day, president and CEO of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), is the recipient of the One Heart Award for his leadership and commitment to service within the LCMS community. A graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska, Day's career has been marked by dedication to various positions within the LCMS. He began his career as associate pastor and headmaster at Memorial Lutheran Church and School in Houston, TX. He then served in various roles at LCMS headquarters including executive director of the Office of National Mission. Day has served on numerous boards including Lutheran Services in America and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Day has exemplified profound devotion to his faith and community, embodying the values of One Heart.

Spiritus Christi Awardee: Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray

Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray is the recipient of the Spiritus Christi Award, a tribute to his remarkable commitment to fostering cultural engagement and spreading the Gospel. As the LCMS Director of Black Ministry since 2013, Gray has played a pivotal role in advancing synod-wide engagement in ministry to people of African-American descent and other ethnic cultures. Prior to his current position, he served as a pastor to congregations in Texas and in Michigan. He has also served in administrative roles as the assistant to the district president for mission at the LCMS Michigan District and as director of admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary. As Director of Black Ministry, Gray provides support and guidance to LCMS districts, congregations and schools.

Concordia University Chicago is proud to honor these exceptional awardees as they embody the core values that our institution holds dear: Truth, Freedom and Vocation. Join us for this wonderful event! Tickets are available at