Holly Geraci and her husband, Chicago attorney Peter Francis Geraci, attended the Holy Name Cathedral annual Parish Gala at the four seasons Hotel on Friday, October 29. Although Holy Name is a Cathedral, it is also the home of a parish of communicants. The annual gathering of parishioners raises money for the charitable work of the cathedral itself. Holly and Peter were very happy to be invited by Kathy Barr, a parishioner, and to meet new and old friends. At Kathy’s table were Stanley Kusper and his wife. Mr. Kusper is best known as the former Chicago City Clerk, and a partner in the prominent law firm of Kusper and Raucci.
Mr. Geraci clerked for a law firm in the old Peerless Federal Savings and Loan building on the northwest side of Chicago, where Mr. Custer’s partner, Andrew Raucci, established an office when he got out of law school a year or two before Mr. Geraci. After the opening invocation, the rector of holy name Cathedral, Rev. Gregory Sakowicz, was introduced and welcomed everyone. It was then that Mr. Geraci asked if the Rev. was related to legendary Chicago entertainer Sig Sakowicz. Mr. Geraci was the editor of the Depaul University newspaper, the De Paulia, in 1972, and also a big fan of Sig. Sig was featured on the cover of the April 25, 1972 issue. Kathy introduced Mr. Geraci to Rev. Sakowicz, who was quite surprised to hear of Mr. Geraci’s admiration for his dad and Rev. Sakowicz’s sister, who is an attorney with Clifford law firm in Chicago.
Rev. Sakowicz is an avid longtime birdwatcher, and his auction of the early morning springtime birdwatching trip to Montrose Harbor, to view the southern migration, was “avidly” bid on; obtaining $3,000.00 in bids, one from Mr. Geraci.