Heart of A Hero award presented to Kristina McGrath at the sold-out event, supporters enjoyed a night at the beautiful Theater on the Lake on June 13
CHICAGO: Holiday Heroes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing joy to hospitalized children and their families, raised record-breaking funds at its 10th Anniversary “Heroes of the Night” gala. The annual event – and the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year – took place Thursday, June 13, at Chicago’s historic and scenic event venue, Theater on the Lake.
This year’s gala was not only a successful fundraiser, but a celebration of the impactful work Holiday Heroes has accomplished in the Chicago area over the past ten years. Hundreds of supporters had the opportunity to be heroes to hospitalized children with critical, chronic and terminal illnesses by raising funds that enable Holiday Heroes to plan parties at hospitals throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond year-round. The parties give young patients, their families and caregivers the chance to forget about illness and medical procedures for a while and simply focus on being a kid and having fun.
The evening was filled with a moving program, including stories of Holiday Heroes’ work in local hospitals, as well as the presentation of the Heart of a Hero award to Kristina McGrath of McGrath Auto Group. McGrath is a supporter of many charitable causes and community organizations, including Holiday Heroes. Local “WGN Morning News” weather anchor Paul Konrad emceed the event, and commended Holiday Heroes as “a great organization, helping people when they’re in some of the hardest times they face.” The musical entertainment was equally as moving, including a soulful set by up-and-coming country artist Ali Morgan, and a delightful, high-spirited tribute by the Soul Children of Chicago choir. A variety of casino games, an open bar, and gourmet food rounded off the evening’s entertainment, as well as both silent and live auctions.
“We were thrilled to have a record-breaking ‘Heroes of the Night’ gala to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year,” says Bridgette Ferraro, executive director of Holiday Heroes. “It was a beautiful evening on Chicago’s lakefront, and the funds we raised will go a long way towards providing amazing experiences for kids and families who need a break from the strain of hospital stays. We’ve done such meaningful work over the last decade, and we’re looking forward to many more years of giving hope to the children and families we work with.”
Proceeds from the silent auction, live auction, individual gifts, and event tickets, go towards Holiday Heroes hospital parties. Hospital parties feature music, catered meals, gifts, the organization’s signature craft crate and favorite costumed characters. The recent parties planned for National Superhero Day on April 28 included visits from an all-star superhero lineup, with hundreds of children and their families enjoying celebrations at seven different hospitals on the same day.
Visit holiday-heroes.org for information on coming events, volunteer opportunities and more.
More About Holiday Heroes
Holiday Heroes is a Chicago-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that partners with hospitals, businesses, celebrities and others to bring a dose of fun to children who are hospitalized due to a critical, chronic, or terminal illness. Holiday Heroes transports young patients, their families and their caregivers to a more joyous and hopeful place. The celebrations that Holiday Heroes plans have social-emotional benefits, including encouraging healthy social development and promoting better recovery. To learn more, visit holiday-heroes.org.
MICHELLE MEKKY, MEKKY MEDIA RELATIONS
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