Little Company of Mary Hospital to Honor Two Activists Who Support Those with Developmental Differences

The Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) Foundation will host the 28th Annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Field Museum. Each year, the Ball showcases individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments and service. This year, the hospital will honor two of southwest Chicago area’s well-known community awareness organizers and a department at LCMH.

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 2018 Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Mary Jo George – Circle of Friends at St. Ignatius College Prep and Holly Simon – I am WHO I am.

1- Mary Jo GeorgeMary Jo George has worked for more than 25 years for a group called Circle of Friends that aims to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and happy lives with dignity and respect. One of the group’s main goals is to bring a level of involvement with St. Ignatius College Prep students to help tutor and mentor Ray Graham students, offering opportunity for both social inclusion and lasting friendships. Circle of Friends helps these children and young adults to lead meaningful and happy lives with dignity and respect.

2 - Holly SimonFounded by Beverly resident Holly Simon in January 2012, I am WHO I am is a not-for-profit charity that truly celebrates acceptance through an awareness of abilities and embraces the differences of children with disabilities. This organization sees differences as gifts and inspirations in life. I am WHO I am provides resources, education, advocacy and growth opportunities, as well as a place for people to come together and talk with like-minded, inspiring individuals. At the birth of Holly Simon’s fifth child, Nathaniel (Nate), in 2003, the doctors and nurses became quiet and came to her and her husband with apologies that Nate apparently had Downs Syndrome. Holly could not accept or fathom their sadness. That sadness drove Holly to start I am Who I am. One component of Holly’s vision is to have resources available to hospitals such as blankets for families at the birth of their “special” baby. Additionally, Holly strives to educate hospital staff on what to say and what not to say in the delivery room following these special births. Holly coordinates an annual event, HollyDays, each November since 2006 as her major fundraiser to support the foundation and the purchase of blankets.

3 - LCMH Behavioral HealthThe Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence honors an individual or group 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, L.C.M., modeled so well. The 2018 Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to Little Company of Mary Hospital Behavioral Health Services.

Sometimes the most serious medical conditions are suffered in silence. Incorporating a wide range of treatment options, a caring talented staff and leading technology, the Behavioral Health Services division of Little Company of Mary Hospital prides itself on being the premiere behavioral health facility in Chicago’s southwest community. Little Company of Mary offers an understanding environment for individuals seeking treatment for psychiatric, alcohol and/or substance abuse issues. Appointments are available almost immediately, 24 hours a day seven days a week, to help address any crisis in life. With a dedicated intake team, individuals are seen directly by behavioral health experts to deliver the highest level of symptom identification and treatment planning with a holistic approach and a full continuum of services.

Proceeds from the 2018 Crystal Heart Ball will benefit the expansion of Interventional Radiology Services at LCMH. Interventional Radiology treatments are first-line care for a wide variety of conditions. LCMH’s Interventional Radiology Services encompass multiple sub-specialized sections. It is through your sustaining support that we are able to continue to offer state-of-the-art, mission-driven care as the hospital of choice for the families of Southwest Chicagoland.

A cash drawing will be offered at the event with a First Prize Luxury Vacation to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2019 for Two or $15,000, Second Prize of $5,000, Third Prize of $2,500, and Fourth Prize of $1,000. Raffle tickets are on sale for $100 each in the hospital’s Foundation department and winners need not be present. The Crystal Heart Ball tickets are $350 per person. Guests also may purchase a Diamond Table for $10,000, a Heart of Gold Table for $6,500 or a Crystal Heart Table for $3,500, each offering unique benefits.

To learn more or to purchase your event tickets, please contact Little Company of Mary’s Foundation department at 708.229.5447 or visit

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