Congratulations to Sister Rosemary Connelly and our friends at Misericordia Heart of Mercy on their fundraising efforts!
The 37th Heart of Mercy Ball was held at the Hilton Chicago on Nov. 9 with over 800 guests in attendance. The event raised more than $1 million for Misericordia, which since its founding in 1921, has provided comprehensive support and services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on its 31-acre campus in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
The event celebrated Sister Rosemary Connelly’s 50th anniversary as Misericordia’s executive director and her 70th year as a Sister of Mercy. The fundraiser included moving awards presentations, a silent and live auction, and a very special performance by the Misericordia Heartbreakers.
During a reception in the Grand Ballroom, guests perused a silent auction filled with artwork created by residents in the Misericordia Art Activity Group Program, in collaboration with staff and volunteers. Pieces included colorful paintings, ceramic friendship bowls, hand-painted furniture and more. Sweets from the nonprofit’s Hearts & Flour Bakery were also on offer.
During the dinner program, emceed by Lou Manfredini, Women’s Board president Bennetta Kelly welcomed the crowd and spoke lovingly of Connelly’s long history of service with Misericordia that began in 1969. She asked past honorees, board members, ball chairs and committee members to stand and be recognized.