Over 900 guests purchased tickets for the First Look for Charity held February 13th at McCormick Place.
This black tie preview night event is sponsored by the Misericordia Women’s Auxiliary on the eve of the official opening of the Chicago Auto Show each year. Only eighteen charities are selected to participate and we are thrilled to be included. Before experiencing the showroom floor without the huge crowds, guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’ouevres, entertained by 5 performers from the Midwest Young Artists Jazz program, and offered opportunities for adventure in the silent auction at our hospitality suite.
Lou Manfredini and Lin Brehmer’s enthusiastic auctioneering encouraged bidding on fabulous live auction experiences from airfare, hotels and tickets to Ellen Degeneres and the Daily Show to a Bulls suite and a $1600 wine cellar. It was a great opportunity for individuals and corporations to bring guests and introduce them to the Misericordia family and mission. The evening was topped off by a heartfelt address from Sister Rosemary about our commitment to keeping the Misericordia model of service available both locally and nationally supported by our involvement in the Coalition for Community Choice, followed by a paddle raise to support the Coalition conference Misericordia is holding in October.
Not only was this record-breaking event greatly successful in both raising money and bringing guests to our suite, but it was filled with wonderful Misericordia stories. One guest was excited to relate that he plays jazz guitar for our residents several times a year, clearly a highlight for him. Another guest who spent years in the restaurant business couldn’t wait to contact the Home to volunteer in the Greenhouse Inn.
Be on the lookout for the beautiful and moving video which was created for the event by the accomplished commercial video director Greg Popp, husband of Auxiliary member and Event Co-Chair, Cathy Popp. It is a touching reminder of the many lives that Misericordia honors, cherishes and encourages, and it is so powerful that Misericordia would like to make strategic use of it before we make it available for public display.