The Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation held its 23rd annual Crystal Heart Ball on Feb. 2 at the Field Museum.
The event's master of ceremonies was Patrick Elwood of Fox 32 Chicago. More than 830 guests danced to the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra while overlooking 200 rare artifacts including elaborate jewelry, ornate weaponry, royal costumes, and stunning artwork of the "great king" - the Maharaja. The gala raised more than $467,000 for "Values. Vision. Innovation: the Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital."
The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award was presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing, which founder Marge Nykaza accepted. Harmoney, Hope & Healing is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic and educational music programs, offering spiritual and emotional support to homeless and under-served women, children and men in the Chicago area. Founded in 2000, the group collaborates with social services, agencies, church and community-based organizations to aid persons facing poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse and the isolation of aging.
The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence was presented to The Cancer Center's Integrative Therapy Department of Little Company of Mary Hospital. Susan Arnold, director of patient care services, accepted the honor on behalf of the hospital's integrated therapy team.
The Cancer Center offers integrative therapy services such as acupuncture, hypnosis for relaxation, guided imagery, massage therapy, yoga, Tai Chi and healing touch, post-treatment esthetic care, including prosthetic and make up counseling.
Irving and Shirley Fuld chaired the fundraising event along with their co-chairmen Matt and Mrs. Mary Ellen Filosa. They presented four cash raffle prizes as well as a raffle prize of a 18-karat gold agate yellow sapphires and white diamonds bracelet won by Matt Kavanaugh. The grand prize cash raffle of $15,000 went to Francis J. O'Donovan.