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"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare 

Spring has sprung! After a long and harrowing winter, the sun is shining, the days are longer, and the weather is warmer.  As you enjoy spring and everything it brings, we invite you to spring into action with Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. Whether attending an event, volunteering, or supporting our mission, we highlight different ways to get involved with Marillac St. Vincent Family Services this spring.
 Fleur de Lis Ball was a success!  


Marillac St. Vincent Family Services would like to thank everyone who supported the Fleur de Lis Ball this year. We are grateful for the incredible generosity of our underwriters Vince and Pat Foglia, the enduring support and friendship of our honorees, the partnerships forged by our sponsors, the dedication of our co-chairs & auction committee, and the generosity of our guests. Our event was a tremendous success, helping to raise vital funds in support of the children, teens, seniors and   homeless we serve.


Marillac St. Vincent Family Services hosted the Fleur de Lis Ball on Saturday, February 22nd, to raise money for at-risk children and families in Chicago. Mike Flannery, Fox News Political Editor, emceed the event, held at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, in honor of Dan Coyne (Partner at Perkins Coie) and Sage Products.   The event included a live auction, entertainment by Gentleman of Leisure and raised nearly $600,000 to benefit our clients.   


The Fleur de Lis could not thrive without all of you. Thank you!




We'd love your feedback! Please take a moment to complete a brief survey about the event: CLICK HERE

To view pictures from the 2014 Fleur de Lis Ball, CLICK HERE
Breakfast with the Bunny

Over 250 people participated in the event on Saturday, April 12th. Deanna and Mrs. Grant from the Hope Junior program organized the day. The motor skills room was decorated to look like an Easter Sunday Brunch. Our families were treated to a wonderful buffet feast that our wonderful staff prepared. 


The day was filled with activities including: decorating bunny cookies, arts and crafts, egg dying, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Bill Markel, a long-time volunteer, and Vincent Taylor took pictures of the children and the Easter Bunny.  The day concluded with 3 special Easter Egg hunts. Bob Zintarski, another long-time volunteer, started a tradition 5 years ago of putting money in some of the eggs. This adds much excitement to the hunt. The youngest children were outside in Marillac's yard and the next 2 age groups were in the Calhoun Park.

To read more about this wonderful event, CLICK HERE.
 Week of the Young Child   

During the week of April 7-14, the staff at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services celebrated NAEYC's "Week of the Young Child." Each day held different activities, including a Messy Bus, a parade, and a carnival at Malcolm X College. The Centers had a schedule full of activities to entertain and educate the children. Parents and family members also participated throughout the week, including facilitating classroom projects, wearing special pins, helping compile family books, assisting with supplies, and sharing a family breakfast. 


Highlights of the week included a day of presentations at Marillac. Each of the classrooms performed for one another in the motor  skills rooms, the wonderful presentations included: acting out stories, musical and dance performances, and presentation of favorite foods. Marillac focused on embracing diversity and encouraging health and safety during their celebrations this year.  Chicago firefighters visited the Early Childhood classrooms. They discussed fire safety and children were able to check out their uniforms and equipment. Marillac also had a Workout Day to promote health and exercise. 


St. Vincent's recognized Week of the Young Child with special activities as well. Monday started off with a kick-off parade with all of the classrooms in the Early Child Development program participating in a walk throughout Oz Park.  In addition, children spent the week composing "All About Me" posters.  The Birth-Three section created a Messy Bus in the hallway. Different interactive stations were set up to allow the children to experience different textures and colors. The week concluded with a special performance from an African dance and music troupe. 

To read more and see pictures, CLICK HERE
In This Issue
Honoring Dr. King's Legacy
Tis the Season
Week of the Young Child
Volunteer Spotlight


 April is National Volunteer Month.  Marillac St. Vincent Family  Services would like to recognize  the dedication of all of our  volunteers who work tirelessly  throughout the year in a variety  of ways to help fulfill our mission.  Because of this special month, we  wanted to share the story of just  one of our many volunteers:


 Brenda Mikol, manager of the  Starbucks location across the  street from St. Vincent de Paul  Center, has volunteered in many  capacities for St. Vincent's for the  past eight years, supporting the  Center in several ways.   


 Brenda supplies pastries, oatmeal,  bananas and other food items as  in-kind donations. Often, she sets  aside oatmeal for our senior  clients and sets aside fruit for our  food pantry clients.


 She has led volunteer teams of  Starbucks staffers, friends and  neighbors to do everything from  cleaning the garage and storage  areas and doing a spring clean up  of the Center grounds.


 Brenda also volunteers her time  and donates coffee for major  events, while also inviting  community neighbors to join her  in volunteering. For the last  several years she has participated  in the Santa Mike Senior  Christmas Dinner and Party. She  also gathers a group each year to  volunteer at the Annual Outreach  Event for the Homeless. Brenda  says this event is a humbling  experience, in that hearing the  homeless share their life stories  helps her appreciate everything  without taking anything for  granted. 


 Thank you to Brenda and all of our  volunteers at Marillac St. Vincent  Family Services who help  throughout the year. 


 To read more about Brenda, please click here. 
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 Marillac Social Center

 212 South Francisco Avenue

 Chicago, Illinois 60612

 Main: (773) 722-7440

 Fax: (773) 722-1469




 St. Vincent de Paul Center

 2145 North Halsted Street

 Chicago, Illinois 60614

 Main: (312) 943-6776

 Fax: (312) 943-2257


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  • Foglia Family & Youth Center
    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
  • Marillac Social Center
    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center
    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614