Misericordia means "Heart of Mercy" in Latin and there was so much love spread out over this 31 acre campus that it was a joy to behold! 10,000 guests came out to support this organization that provides programs for more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities from diverse racial, religious and socio-econominc backgrounds.
There was something for everyone at Family Fest 2011 including top notch entertainment. Pirates Over 40 (a Jimmy Buffet tribute band), Lesley Byers (pop and oldies), Misericordia Heartzingers & Heartbreakers (choir), Dr. Mark & the Sutures and the Shannon Rovers performed, among many others. The International Food Tent offered Greek, Mexican, Polish and American specialties while the Budweiser Beer Tent kept the Bear's fans happy with their win televised on large screen TV's. The kiddies delighted in the dunking booth, the Ronald McDonald Show, a sing-along, a puppet show, magic acts, Jesse White Tumblers, Frisbee Dogs, rides and more.
The bakery goods table was three deep in buyers waiting to get their hands on the delicious banana nut bread, cookies of every type, brownies, Irish soda bread and an assortment of caramel corn among other tasty treats. The Hearts & Flour Bakery is located onsite and allows a work opportunity for the residents. You can also order online from the bakery and they will ship anywhere! (Christmas is around the corner! www.Misericordia.org)
Congratulations to Sister Rosemary Connelly (Executive Director of Misericordia for 42 years), her Assistant ED, Lois Gates (40 years), Father Jack Clair (Assistant ED for 11 years) and Kevin Connelly (CFO for 19 years) on a job VERY well done! And thanks also to long-time supporter, Mary Frances Bragiel (WLS-AM 890 Anchor) for introducing me to this wonderful organization! To learn more, to buy bakery goods or to make a donation, please visit www.Misericordia.org.
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