Marillac St. Vincent Family Services hosted its 24th annual Fleur de Lis Ball to raise awareness and much needed funds for our many programs and services offered to communities in need in Chicago. Nearly 500 guests attended the masquerade themed gala at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue for the soul purpose of ending the cycle of poverty faced by communities in need around the city.
Preliminary calculations show that the $700,000 fundraising goal for the event was greatly surpassed. The incredible generosity of the guests at this year’s Fleur de Lis Ball has placed Marillac St. Vincent on strong financial ground for the coming year, allowing the organization to continue offering life-changing programs for children, youth, adults, and seniors seeking assistance.
Marillac St. Vincent debuted a new video (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) featuring a broad spectrum of program participants including preschool students, school age adolescents from the after-school classrooms, a senior from our home visiting program, and clients receiving services from our Community Outreach Services office, among others. The video is underscored by a beautiful rendition of the classic hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by a teen from the Youth Services program, Takeya “Skyy” Lambert, who was in attendance at the Ball on Saturday as well.
Stories of impact were featured throughout the night, but four clients, including Skyy, were featured most prominently. Landon Harper, a Real Estate Agent from @ Properties, shared his experiences growing up in the Early Childhood program and how that set him on a path toward a successful business career. Icoi Johnson grew up in Hope Junior, and although she struggled her first year of college, she returned to Marillac House and found the encouragement she needed to graduate with her Bachelor’s, a Master’s degree, and now a career as a Development Professional for the University of Chicago.
Perhaps the most touching testimony was given by Community Outreach Services client and Food Pantry Volunteer, Wayne Wilson. Wayne was accompanied by his two young sons as he shared his story of being caught in the crossfire of a gun fight nine years ago, leaving him alive, but severely disabled. Wayne went from a state of depression to living a life with purpose, serving food to his neighbors on the West Side in the Marillac Food Pantry. These personal stories served to bring purpose to our efforts at the Ball, and perfectly illustrated the need to everyone in attendance. We are grateful to the clients who took the time to come to the event and share their experiences with our guests.
The Fleur de Lis Award Honorees for 2018 included Madden, Jiganti, Moore, and Sinars LLP, and Sammons Financial Group. Both companies have been longtime supporters of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services and we applaud them for their generous support and friendship.
Thank you to Maya Moody Photography for capturing so many great moments from the night! A preview of the photos is now available for download HERE.
On behalf of the Daughters of Charity, the Board of Trustees, our staff, and most importantly the thousands of individuals touched by the Mission of Marillac St. Vincent each year, we extend our most sincere gratitude to the Fleur de Lis planning committee and all of the attendees at this year’s Ball. Thank you!
Miss the party but still want to donate? Use our secure form HERE to make your gift count toward our total for the night!