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Friends of the Poor® Benefit 2015
Record Breaking Benefit Raises Over $100,000
Nearly 400 guests attended the 7th Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit on Sunday, April 19 breaking an all-time fundraising record. More than $100,000 was raised from net proceeds and Central Office matching funds making it our most successful fundraising event to date. Thanks to the generosity of those who attended and supported the benefit, each of our 10 Districts received $11,000 to further their impact on those who come to their Conferences for help.
The "driving force" behind our incredible fundraising efforts was no doubt due in part to our first time ever Grand Prize Car Raffle. 2,336 car raffle tickets were sold at $25 each totaling $58,400. The conference that sold the most raffle tickets will receive an extra $500 for going above and beyond.
Congratulations go to Mr. Michael Tolan of Palos Park for being our lucky raffle winner! He received a beautiful "velvet red" 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited Sedan. Mr. Tolan, a retired custom home builder and developer, purchased four raffle tickets in the office at Queen of Martyrs Parish in Evergreen Park.
Table center pieces depicting renowned Chicago architecture and timeline banners tracing the Society's history set the mood for our theme, "We Were There." Guests were treated to Drury Lane's famous champagne brunch and entertainer Vito Zatto's hilarious impersonations and audience participation gags. Fun games and giveaways including "Pick-a-Prize" (with more than 70 items to choose from), "Split the Deck," "Uncork the Wine," "Unlock the HDTV," and a live auction featuring a trip to Hawaii and an autographed REO Speedwagon guitar raised even more money.
Presentations by Council President Bill Soucie and CEO James Lonergan shed light on the Society's past, present and future goals. Assistant Spiritual Advisor Fr. Gerry Kelly spoke about the importance of spiritual growth in the Society.
Thank you to all of our Vincentian friends, donors, volunteers and guests who helped make the Friends of the Poor Benefit a success. Special thanks to our committee co-chairs Jim Ferguson, Joseph Herring, and Pamela Matambanadzo for their superb coordination and leadership, and to our committee members: Moira Sharp Cahill, Jim and Judy Cicero, Ted and Sharon Gressick, Michael Harrington, Rosemary Ihejirika, Danielle Kenny, Paul Martinez, Roine and Scott Michaels, Mary Jane Nogal, John and Stella Peters, Kathy Petitti, Holly Robinson, Elvia Rojas, Mark Stemper, Mary Van Wazer, and Teri Watkins for their tireless support.
If you were unable to attend and would like to make a donation to our largest fundraiser of the year, please click here to make a secure online donation.
You may never know their names, but rest assured your support and contribution to the Friends of the Poor Benefit will help provide food, assistance with electricity and heat, much-needed clothing and shoes, and much more for families in need today, tomorrow and for generations to come.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul—Help Us Help Others
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization which leads women and men to grow spiritually by offering person to person service to those in need
It is an international society of charity comprised of every ethnic group, age group and cultural background. They make no distinction in those being served regardless of their individual backgrounds, because Vincentians see the face of Christ in those they serve.
Every day, Society volunteers bring emergency food, assist with medical or prescription costs, rent assistance to prevent eviction and help to restore utilities.
If you are interested in learning more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and how you can become a member, volunteer or make a donation, please call (312) 655-7182.
Because of your generosity, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is transforming lives...one person at a time.
SVdP Chicago Recognized
St. Vincent de Paul Chicago received the Coordinating Board Award at the 48th Annual Association of Chicago Priests Mardi Gras Ministry Awards on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Parish Center in Palos Hills.
The Coordinating Board Awards are presented to individuals and groups within the Archdiocese in recognition and appreciation for their outstanding contributions to the life of the Church of Chicago. Other groups who received the award included Resurrection Project, Priests Retirement Mutual Aid Association-PRMAA, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, The Courage Program, and an individual award to Peg Boivin of St. Joseph in Homewood.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. and Archbishop Blase Cupich were among the more than 200 guests.
REPRESENTING SVdP CHICAGO: (Standing L-R) CEO James D. Lonergan; Chicago Council President Bill Soucie; District VI President Jim Ferguson; District XII President Elizabeth Wakefield; Queen of Martyrs Conference President Tom Linane; St. Fabian Conference President Carole Stauder; Most Holy Redeemer Conference President Therese Montgomery. (Seated L-R) Marketing Manager Paul Martinez; St. Bede Ingleside Conference Member Kathleen Soucie; St. Anne Hazel Crest Conference Member Jessie Wakefield; District IX President Barbara Lakomiak.