Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Foundation hosted its 25th annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Field Museum. The Master of Ceremonies was Little Company of Mary’s very own baby alum, Patrick Elwood with WGN Chicago. More than 735 guests danced the night away to the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra while experiencing international cultures and observing artifacts from all over the world. This premiere gala – the largest of its kind originating from the Southwest side of Chicago – raised more than $412,000 for Mission-Driven Services of the Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation.
This year’s Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award was presented to Rita Ryan, Founder of A New Direction (A.N.D.). Rita has been a resident of the Beverly Morgan Park community for more than 24 years and is an Illinois State Certified Domestic Violence Professional. Rita is an advocate whose dedication to the individuals and families in need is exemplary. Rita began her work in the domestic violence field after completing the state-mandated training in Domestic Violence and was an employee of Rainbow House/Beverly Morgan Park in Chicago for most of her career. After Rainbow House closed their office in the Beverly/Morgan Park community, Rita worked tirelessly with community residents and partners to establish A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park. A New Direction is a local non-profit organization providing counseling support and legal advice at no charge to victims of domestic violence. They work to provide counseling, education, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by domestic violence.
This year’s Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence honoree was Little Company of Mary Hospital ICU Nursing Teams. Throughout their 24 hours a day, seven days a week shifts, this team of professionals care for the most critical and fragile of Little Company of Mary Hospital patients, anticipating and responding to their needs and offering superior oversight and medical care. It is in the spirit of Sister Nancy Boyle that these teams strive for excellence in all that they do to provide the best care to their patients and their families.
Dr. Thomas and Daine Quinn were the chairs of this premier fundraising event with co-chairs Dennis and Jennifer O’Malley. Guests at the ball enjoyed signature diamond blue cocktails followed by a gourmet meal prepared by Blue Plate Catering. In celebration of the Gala’s 25th anniversary, the hospital foundation raffled a grand prize of $25,000. The grand prize cash winner was Mr. Tim Samarin of California. For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Foundation Department or to learn how you can donate to Mission-Driven Services of Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation, please visit LCMH.org/foundation.