Little Company of Mary Hospital’s (LCMH) Foundation hosted its 29th annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Field Museum. The Masters of Ceremonies were Little Company of Mary’s very own baby alum, Patrick Elwood with WGN News, along with Nancy Loo, also with WGN News. More than 700 guests danced the night away to the musical stylings by Maggie Speaks – Talk of the Town Big Band while experiencing international cultures and observing artifacts from all over the world. This premiere gala, the largest on Chicago’s Southwest side, raised $410,000. Final proceeds will benefit LCMH Interventional Radiology Services.
The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award honors individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the ideas, vision and mission of Venerable Mary Potter, who founded the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1877. The 2019 Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award was presented to Jim McKeever. Jim has coordinated the Kevin Dowling Toy Drive for nearly 20 years, benefiting LCMH, the Courage Women’s Shelter and other local organizations. He also established the Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund to promote the education of three students each year who are enrolled in a Catholic School Program for individuals with different levels of skill or functional abilities. The Fund was established in 1995 and the Kevin Dowling committee is made up of family and friends of Kevin (Jim’s brother-in-law) and the Dowling Family. Jim’s civic-mindedness is evident not only his membership on the Executive Committee for the annual South Side Irish Parade, but through his engagement as St. Rita’s Fathers Club president, Mother McAuley Father’s Club, and Holy Name Society member of St. John Fisher Parish. Jim also belongs to the Christmas without Cancer campaign that gives funds and supports families struggling with cancer.
Uzma and Hamid Nazeer, D.O., were the chairpersons of this premier fundraising event along with co-chairs Lindsay and Christopher Vandenberg. To complement the Starry Starry Night theme of the night, guests at the ball enjoyed signature blue cocktails followed by a gourmet meal prepared by Food For Thought. The hospital Foundation raffled a Grand Prize Luxury Vacation for two – 10 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Lucerne, or $15,000. The Grand Prize raffle winner was William Heneghan.
For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Foundation, or to learn how you can donate to Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Interventional Radiology Services, please visit www.LCMH.org/foundation.