Crystal Heart Ball benefit is Little Company's top event

Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation will host the Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Field Museum.

The event also showcases individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments and service. This year the hospital will honor one of Metropolitan Chicago's wellknown humanitarian group 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.

This year's Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing. Accepting the award will be Marge Nykaza, founder of HHH, a non-profit organization that provides creative, therapeutic and educational music programs, offering spiritual and emotional support to homeless and under-served women, children and men in the Chicago area.

The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence honors a person or Hospital program that reflects the gentle strength, compassion and courage Sister Nancy Boyle, L.C.M., an inspiring leader and friend to all who knew her. The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to The Cancer Center's Integrative Therapy Department of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

At the upcoming premier fundraising event, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet meal prepared by Blue Plate Catering as well as enjoy the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra. Attendees will have exclusive access to the featured exhibit: Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts.

A cash raffle will be offered with a grand prize of $15,000 as well as a 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 foundation department and winners do not have to be present.

The Crystal Heart Ball tickets are $300 per person and proceeds will benefit Values. Vision. Innovation: The Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital. 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 the Little Company of Mary's Foundation department to purchase your event tickets at 229-5447 or visit http://www.