St. Mary’s Fling at Kings 2016
Another successful event at Kings Bowling and Entertainment for St. Mary’s Services! St. Mary’s second annual Fling at Kings bowling fundraiser was held on Sunday, April 24th, 2016; again in the heart of Rosemont’s Entertainment District. We had over 100 of our supporters attend; family members, friends, and agency partners, joined us at Kings to help us raise funds so we can continue to offer free options counseling, supportive services, and referrals to our clients. We also came together to raise awareness of our programs to those in the community, and to share the importance of St. Mary’s Services in all of our lives. As soon as guests walked in they were greeted by St. Mary’s Staff and filled out their door prize raffle tickets. This year we had FOUR door prize packages donated by area businesses. Four lucky guests were able to pick from a Barrington Date Night Package, a Schaumburg Date Night Package, a $100 Restaurant.com gift card, or an In-Home Wine Tasting for 20 People! Bowlers were eager to get in some practice before the competitive bowling round started. Everyone was having such a great time, they stayed on the lanes until the very last minute of the event! With over 70 area businesses and individuals donating to the raffle, it made it possible for us to send home 35 winners with some great baskets! We cannot express enough the excellence of the Kings staff – they sure made it easy for us! Aside from the St. Mary’s Staff, volunteers from the Kohl’s Associates in Action program were selling raffle tickets left and right! St. Mary’s is so very grateful of all who sponsored St. Mary’s Fling at Kings in some way: Joanne & Patrick Bratta, Marie Tortoriello, Mel Doerr, Merrill Lynch, EBC Construction, Nishay Sanan Esq., Dr. Brian Adley, Baxter Credit Union, Claudia Castro, Rago Brothers Funeral Home, T Mobile, Konica Minolta, Adobe Gilas, Five Roses Pub, and Kings Bowling. All in all, St. Mary’s, the board of trustees, and all those attended agree that this was one of the most fun and successful fundraisers to date.
Making Miracles Happen 2015
On November 14th, we hosted our annual fall gala, entitled Making Miracles Happen, at Café La Cave. Guests were consumed by the atmosphere, elegance, and superior service of the renowned steakhouse and banquet hall. We are especially grateful for our wonderful volunteers from Chamberlain School of Nursing, as well as our dedicated interns, and our loyal volunteer Judy Fregetto. Fun music filled the room via DJ Mike from Fantastic DJ’s; guests were able to get a little silly through the lens of Club PhotoBooth.
St. Mary’s would like to thank special guests for attending and making the night truly memorable. We welcomed Judy Hsu, morning newscaster from ABC 7 Chicago, as our emcee. Michael Terenzio, ABC 7’s Manager of Emerging Media and Business Development, escorting his wonderful wife, also attended the event for the second year in a row. In addition we were pleased to have many supporters and partners attend, such as Episcopal Charities and Community Services, Trinity Lutheran Church, High School District 214, Northwest Community Hospital, and more.
We are so deeply appreciative of the many sponsors and supporters that made this night possible. Our Platinum Sponsors, Marie Tortoriello, Northwest Community Healthcare, Baxter Credit Union, and Park Ridge Community Bank; our Bronze Level Sponsors, Advanced Physical Therapy, Rago Brothers Funeral Home, and All-Pro Transportation Inc. The Silent & Live Auctions would not have been so successful without supporters such as Michael & Nancy Nervick, Dog Training Now!, Brett Locascio & Marco Gonzalez, Carvetti’s, Lake Geneva Cruise Lines, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, World Security Agency, Chris & Elly Caponigri, Wines for Humanity, Jim & Angie Perkins, Carl Schwarz, Jill & Ken Bruckner, Sava Sport, Mr. & Mrs. Mike Valentine, the St. Mary’s Services Staff, Northwest Community Hospital’s Wellness Center, Sonya Gilbert Photography, and Mary Alice Hoeksema.
After guests were seated, everyone enjoyed a delectable four-course dinner. Guests were welcomed by Executive Director, Joanne Bratta, and Board President, Jill Harris. School District 214 Superintendent and St. Mary’s Adoptive Parent, Dr. David Schuler, shared the heart-warming story of his adoption journey through our agency. Meher Dance Company provided a lovely modern, Bollywood-inspired entertainment piece.
Making Miracles Happen 2015 was an incredible success for us; the event brought in over $65,000 – making it possible for us to continue offering free options counseling and services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, as well as further the Hopeful Beginnings Pregnant and Parenting Teen Education Program. The success of Making Miracles Happen 2015 would not have been possible without the 200+ guests, the multitude of sponsors and donors, but most of all, the continual support and belief in St. Mary’s guiding principle that every child deserves a good home.
An indispensable part of what makes everything at St. Mary’s Services possible is our incomparable staff and fundraising committee. They truly outdid their selves with the planning and implementing of such a wonderful and unforgettable evening; Joanne Bratta, Cathy Paglia, Bryn Christensen, Mel Doerr, Nishay Sanan, Mary Alice Hoeksema, Maureen Willenborg, and Meagan Kasper – the agency thanks you.
St. Mary’s is very grateful for all of those who joined us for this joyous and important evening. “Thank you” cannot begin to cover the warmth and sense of togetherness that was felt throughout the evening… especially on the dancefloor! We hope to see everyone back at Café La Cave next year!
Cathy Lou’s Miracle Run 5K
On September 12, 2015, St. Mary’s hosted our first annual Cathy Lou’s Miracle Run 5K! As a founding sister of St. Mary’s Services back in 1887, Catherine Louise holds a special place in all of our hearts. Her spirit lives on through the work and services our staff provides to women and teens every day. She believed that every child deserves a good home and St. Mary’s keeps that mission going through teaching young parents and building families through adoption. It was a beautiful fall morning at Lake Arlington – perfect for running! Over fifty runners came out – along with their supporters, our volunteers, and our sponsors. Prizes and handouts were sponsored by Sports Authority, stretching, massages, and injury screenings were provided by Athletico of Rolling Meadows, Innate Concepts Chiropractic, and Advanced Physical Medicine. Race Up-Keep was sponsored by Dog Training Now!Mel Doerr, Firman Community Services, and Families Celebrating Adoption. Our after-Race BBQ was sponsored by Knights of Columbus – Holy Family Parish of Inverness. We were so lucky to have our First Aid Tent manned by nursing students from Chamberlain School of Nursing. We are excited to keep this event going every year – we hope to see you sweatin’ next September!
Children’s Summer Picnic
On Sunday, June 28th, St. Mary’s hosted its annual Children’s Summer Picnic at Randall Oaks Park and Petting Zoo. We had over 50 members of our St. Mary’s Family join us on that beautiful and sunny Sunday afternoon! The staff was excited to see seasoned families as well as many of our newly placed families. As we waited for everyone to make their way down the path to our picnic shelter, the kids enjoyed blowing bubbles, playing at the playground, getting tattoos (don’t worry, they were temporary!) and searching the park for their scavenger hunt items. When they finished their scavenger hunt, each child was able to pick out as many lollipops as they could hold! (or as many as their parents would allow!) When everyone was settled in, had their chairs and blankets set, it was time for lunch! Every plate was filled to the brim with delicious party subs from Franco’s Cucina, along with salads, veggies, and other sides – all made by our wonderful families! Even though our tummies seemed full, no one was going to pass up the dessert table! Families packed an entire table with cookies, cakes, pastries, fruits, dips, and candies. We are one spoiled group! Before we knew it, we were headed off to the petting zoo! We were able to meet alpacas, goats, cows, mini horses, and sheep. But that’s not all – from the other side of the glass, the St. Mary’s kids were able to check out a ton of different reptiles and birds, as well as feed deer, rabbits, chickens and pigs. They couldn’t wait to wrap up their barnyard adventure with a pony ride! We couldn’t have asked for a better day – the weather was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the company? PRICELESS!
St. Mary’s Pampered in Pink
St. Mary’s Services’ first women’s wellness day, Pampered in Pink, turned out to be one very special afternoon. Guests were greeted on the outdoor patio of Pinstripes in South Barrington. Although mother nature brought on a little more heat and humidity than we had hope for, our guests and staff were not phased! Women placed delicious bite-sized treats onto their plates; everything from mini cheesecakes to chocolate covered strawberries and home-made chocolate chip cookies, Pinstripes supplied ALL the mouth-watering goodies one could handle! Guests were able to mingle, engage with the vendors and guest speakers, and of course participate in the raffles! Some very lucky women went home with raffle items such as wine, jewelry, pampering supplies, gift certificates to restaurants and salons, yoga equipment, and purses from Coach, Betsy Johnson, and Vera Bradley. A special thank-you goes out to our guests speakers: Cathy Dagian, Bernasha Anderson, and Grace Jacobson from the Village of Hoffman Estates Health and Human Services Department, as well as Stacey Glassman and Marli April from the Northwest Community Hospital’s Wellness Center, and Mel Doerr, Professional Intuitive and Board Member. Our vendors were awesome – Origami Owl, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Jamberry Nails. We are so appreciative of our Pampered in Pink sponsor, the Valentine Family. From laughs to tears, to chocolate, sprinkles and sparkles, all of the guests, vendors, guest speakers, and staff grew a little bit closer, and left feeling a lot more empowered. St. Mary’s plans on making this an annual event.