Have a ball on Groundhog Day

The Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation will host the annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Field Museum. The Crystal Heart Ball is the premier fundraiser for the hospital.

Irving and Shirley Fuld will chair the premier fundraising event along with co-chairpersons Matt and Mary Ellen Filosa. Event will include a cocktail reception, meal prepared by Blue Plate Catering, and the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra. Attendees will have exclusive access to the featured exhibit "Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts," which features paintings and costumes, jewelry, weapons and a golden throne. Spanning more than 250 years, the exhibition traces the shift in political control to strong regional powers, colonization by Great Britain, and the emergence of the modern, independent nation in 1947.

The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing. Accepting the award will be founder Marge Nykaza.

The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to Little Company of Mary's Integrative Therapy Department for providing holistic and state-of-the-art cancer therapy- recognized by the Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons.

A cash raffle drawing will pick a grand prize winner 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 $100 each in the foundation department and winners do not have to be present.

Ball tickets are $300 per person, 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 $3000. Contact the Little Company of Mary's Foundation department to purchase tickets at 229-5447 or visit