Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Foundation hosted its 23rd annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Field Museum featuring the Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts exhibit. The Master of Ceremonies was Little Company of Mary’s very own baby alumni-Patrick Elwood with Fox 32 Chicago. More than 830 guests danced the night away to the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra while overlooking 200 rare sparkling artifacts including elaborate jewelry, ornate weaponry, royal costumes, and stunning artwork of the “great king” –the Maharaja. This premiere gala – largest of its kind originating from the Southwest side of Chicago – raised more than $467,000 for Values. Vision. Innovation: the Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital.
The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award was presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing (HHH). Marge Nykaza, founder of HHH accepted the award. HHH is a non-profit organization that provides creative, therapeutic and educational music programs, offering spiritual and emotional support to homeless and under-served women, children and men in the Chicago area. Founded in 2000, HHH collaborates with various social services, agencies, church and community-based organizations to provide therapeutic, educational and spiritual healing to a group of individuals facing the ill effects of poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse and the isolation of aging. The goal of the program is to bring awareness that through the power of music, the mind, body and spirit can achieve balance, confidence, self expression, release stress and begin the healing process. Since its formation, thousands of women, men and children suffering the ravages of poverty and homelessness have benefited from HHH services. With the powerful note of music and creative performance, these individuals have fostered confidence and self-esteem.
The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence was presented to The Cancer Center’s Integrative Therapy Department of Little Company of Mary Hospital. Susan Arnold, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Director of Patient Care Services accepted this honor on behalf of the Integrated Therapy team. The Cancer Center offers a full array of integrative therapy services for cancer patients, such as acupuncture, hypnosis for relaxation, guided imagery, massage therapy, yoga, Tai Chi and healing touch, post-treatment esthetic care, including prosthetic and make up counseling. This is in addition to all of the conventional cancer services. These are complementary therapies offered and they help cancer patients better cope with the life-changing event of a cancer diagnosis.
Dr. Irving and Shirley Fuld chaired the fundraising event along with their co-chairs, Mr. Matt and Mrs Mary Ellen Filosa. They presented four cash raffle prizes as well as a raffle prize of a 18-karat gold agate yellow sapphires and white diamonds bracelet won by Matt Kavanaugh, one of the over 830 guest who attended the ball. The grand prize cash raffle of $15,000 went to Mr. Francis J. O’Donovan.
Proceeds from The Crystal Heart Ball benefited Values. Vision. Innovation: The Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital. For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Foundation Department or to learn how you can donate, please visit LCMH.org/foundation.
Photo Captions From Left to Right:
1. Co-Chairpersons: Mr. Matt and Mrs Mary Ellen Filosa with Gala Chairpersons Mrs. Shirley and Dr. Irving Fuld.
2. Dennis Reilly, President and CEO presenting the Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award to Harmony, Hope and Healing (HHH). Marge Nykaza is standing to Dennis direct left.
3. Susan Arnold, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Director of Patient Care Services, Kelly Walsh, Integrative Therapy Coordinator, Carole Wilson, Art Therapist, Linda Courts, Former Integrative Therapy Coordinator, Dennis Reilly, President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mary Duffin, Nurse Navigator, and Vanessa Suchecki, Manager of Little Company of Mary’s Cancer Center.
4. Dennis Reilly, President and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Master of Ceremonies, Patrick Elwood with Fox 32 Chicago.