"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!
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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.
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.
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.
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 www.svdpc.org