Little Company of Mary Hospital Announces 25th Annual Crystal Heart Ball Honorees

Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation will host the 25th year anniversary of the Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Field Museum. The Crystal Heart Ball showcases individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments and service. This year, the hospital will honor one of Metropolitan Chicago’s well-known humanitarian groups and an outstanding department at Little Company of Mary Hospital.

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 2015 Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Rita Ryan, Founder of A New Direction (A.N.D.). Rita has been a resident of the Beverly Morgan Park community for over 24 years and is an Illinois State Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She maintains her certification through continuing education credits from workshops and conferences. Rita is a dynamic 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.

ICU nursesThe Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence honors an LCMH individual or department for their outstanding service as reflected in the core service values of strength, grace, innovative spirit, compassion and respect for all, which Sister Nancy Boyle modeled so well. The 2015 Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to the 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.

A cash drawing will be offered at the event with a grand prize of $25,000. In celebration of the two milestone anniversaries, one lucky person will win four elegant pieces of Tiffany™ jewelry which will be raffled the night of the event. Drawing tickets are now on sale for $100 each in the Foundation department and winners do not have to be present. The Crystal Heart Ball tickets are $325 per person and proceeds will support Mission-Driven Services of Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation. Guests may purchase a Diamond Table for $7,500, a Heart of Gold Table for $5,000 or a Crystal Heart Table for $3,000, each offering special benefits. Please contact Little Company of Mary’s Foundation department to purchase your event tickets at 708.229.5447 or visit

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