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Experience the Benefit Evening

Benefit Guide: Everything you need to know about the MFA Benefit 2018
Schedule | Photo Contest | Reception | Dining | Dancing | Raffles | Live Auction | Online Silent Auction | Giving Tree |
Donald Stevens Convention Center Venue Information:
Location | GPS Driving Directions/Navigation | Benefit Floor Plan | WIFI |

The Order of the Evening

5:00 pm
Cocktails and Entertainment by Sidney Friedman begins
Raffles and Silent Auction open

6:45 pm
Dinner begins - Blessing by Father Jack Clair
Misericordia Heartzingers Perform
Misericordia Heartbreakers Perform

Address by Sr. Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia Executive Director

Paddle Raise ~ Fund a Need

9:00 pm
Live Auction begins in the Auction Ballroom

9:00 to 11:30 pm
Orchestra and Dancing by Connexion Band

10:00 pm
All Raffle sales end and winners are drawn
LIVE on stage in the Auction Ballroom

10:30 pm
Silent Auction closes and All Heart Raffle
winner is drawn in Auction Ballroom

11:30 pm
Conclusion of the 2018 MFA Benefit

#MFABenefit2018 Photo Contest it's as easy as "1-2-3"
Here's how to participate:

  1. Take your best shot(s) - we mean pictures.
  2. Post them on Facebook
  3. Tag your pictures with: #MFABenefit2018 AND @misericordiaheartofmercy
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 The photos that get the most Facebook "Likes" win.

Prizes (compliments of Lois Gates):

Cocktail Reception & Entertainment

Sidney Friedman

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This year, we will be featuring entertainment during our cocktail reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  By special arrangement, the world-renowned mentalist Sidney Friedman will be our featured entertainment with what can only be described as a demonstration of extraordinary mind power feats. Sidney performs about 120 shows each year for corporate events and charity galas across the country. The Chicago Tribune states: "Sidney is the master of all things psychic”, and on June 23rd, you will be able to experience him live and in-person.

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Entertainment provided through a generous donation from Langehaumer Construction

For more information please see:


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The Evening’s Menu

First Course
Mixed Greens with Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Dried Cranberries
and Mandarin Oranges with Poppyseed Dressing

Second Course
Filet Mignon with Glazed Shallots and Brandy Peppercorn and
Garlic Herb Chicken Breast with Demi-Glaze
Provencal Ratatouille with Red and Yellow Heirloom Tomato 
Horseradish Potato Pancake

Third Course
Wildberry Cake
Yellow Sponge Cake, Blueberry Greek Yogurt Mousse, Vanilla Bean Shortbread, White Chocolate and Fresh Berries

Children’s Menu
Chicken Fingers, French Fries and Mixed Fruit

Entertainment & Dancing

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Music & Dancing from 9:00 pm until 11:30 pm
Musical entertainment will again be provided by the fabulous Connexion Band. Please see their website to listent to an online playlist.

"Night Of" Raffles

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All Heart Raffle
This raffle offers one of a kind theme packages. You may purchase a raffle ticket for the prize of your choice- winners are drawn the night of the Benefit. Located inside the South Ballroom.

Candy Raffle
Purchase three pieces of chocolate candy- and if your piece has a winning sticker, you win a gift bag. Look for volunteers with balloons strolling throughout the Benefit to purchase.

Car Raffle
A 2018 Jeep Cherokee can be yours if you purchase a car raffle ticket for $50 each or three for $100. Only 3,000 tickets are printed and the winner is drawn the night of the Benefit live on stage at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tickets available for purchase outside the North Ballroom.

Cash Raffle
We offer a grand prize of $5,000 and five additional winners of $1,000 each. The tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Winners are drawn the night of the Benefit- the winners need not be present. Tickets available for purchase outside the North Ballroom

Celebrate Misericordia Raffle
This raffle celebrates all of the great Misericordia events. You may purchase a $100 ticket, which gives you the opportunity to pick one of the seven great prizes that are offered. Choose the prize you’d like to win when you purchase your ticket - only one winner- only one prize awarded. Tickets available for purchase outside the North Ballroom.

Live Auction
Our Live Auction offers exclusive and unique prize packages for a wide range of interests. This year's offerings provide:

We are proud to present these items for your bid - click on any item above for more information.

*Note: Although you will be able to view these prizes online you cannot place bids online. Bidders must place their bids in person, in the auction ballroom at the MFA Benefit on June 23rd. The LIVE Auction is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm.

Proxy Bidding is Availble
If you would like to place a bid on a LIVE Auction Prize but cannot be present at the auction you can request that a proxy bid for you. Just do the following:
1. Call the Misericordia at 773.273.4160 to request bidding by proxy.
2. State the prize you wish to bid on.
3. State the maximum amount you are willing to bid.
4. Provide a credit/debit card or another form of payment.
The Misericordia development office will place bids on your behalf at the live auction.

*Please Note:
The Misericordia Development Office will stop accepting proxy requests at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd. All requests must be made before this deadline.

Online Silent Auction
The Silent Auction is making an exciting move to online bidding this year. Through our partner, Gesture, we will be able to offer you the chance to preview and bid on our items prior to the evening, as well as the night of the Benefit. We have a wide range of prize packages which include the newest in electronics, tickets to all of Chicago’s sporting events, concert tickets, theater tickets, children’s items and, as always, the unique art produced by our very own residents in the Misericordia art department.

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click to view and bid on Silent Auction Items.

Important Information for Online Bidding
• BRING YOUR SMART PHONE (with a charged battery) AND CREDIT CARD.
We will communicate by text and you will bid for auction items through your device.
Please see a Gesture representative upon arrival to check in.

Bring your Smart Phone (with a charged battery)
You will bid using your device and the GiveSmart (formerly Gesture) online bidding system will send you bid updates via text message.
You cannot bid unless you are registered
Please see a GiveSmart / GesturePRO staff member when you arrive - you will find several of them at the Reservations table when you arrive. And they can also be found throught the venue.  GesturePros will be wearing all black with purple lanyards and identifiable stickers that say "Ask me about Online Bidding"
What if I don't have a Smart phone - or I'm uncomfortable Bidding Online/
GiveSmart / Gesture Pro staff (described above) will be happy to place bids for you and help you monitor the bidding on your item(s). If you win the bid they will also assist you with checkout/payment.

Buy It Now
The Buy It Now section of our auction is a chance to purchase gift cards to local restaurants, movie theaters, experiences and retail stores. Located in the Silent Auction room, this is one of our most popular auctions, so come early to purchase a face-value gift card for your favorite restaurant, store or experience.

Giving Tree

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What is the Giving Tree?

This is how it works . . .
Rosemary Home may need a new Tupperware set. The Recreation Dept. may need yoga blocks.
Marian Center could use a digital camera. The Nursing Dept a pulseoximeter. The Village nine sets of Corelle dishes…and the list goes on and on.We receive a Wish List from the staff of each residence and department at Misericordia.

At the Benefit . . .
We display a list of items at our booth at the Dinner Dance.You find your price range, the item of your choosing and make your selection. 100% of your donation to the Giving Tree booth goes directly to Misericordia to purchase your selected item from the Wish List.

Venue Info

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The 2018 MFA Benefit will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (DSCC), LEVEL 2 Ballroom.
• The DSCC is located at 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL. 60018.
• The Parking Garage for the Convention Center is at 9598 Williams Street,     Rosemont, IL 60018.

Self parking, in the DSCC parking garage, is included for registered MFA Benefit Guests and there will be no cost to pay the evening of the benefit as long as you obtain a parking validation card from the information booth before retrieving your car.  Valet parking, at the DSCC entrance, is also is also available for a fee.

Benefit Parking Garage Embassy Suites Hotel Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Click on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Parking Garage, or the Emassy Suites Hotel in the map above to receive driving diretions to that location Or, just click here: 

Driving Directions to:  Convention Center | Parking Garage | Embassy Suites Hotel

If you open this page in a browser on your Smart Phone and click on any link above your phone's GPS will provide "real time" directions as you drive.

MFA Benefit Floorplan
click below to elarge

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Internet Connectivity

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This year we will be featuring mobile bidding on all silent auction items.  There is no app to download, you will simply be directed to your personal bidding page via web address on your mobile device. Gesture's mobile bidding solution uses cellular coverage as the primary means of connectivity, but should you need WiFi, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center provides a complimentary service:

Complimentary Network Name: BOINGOHOTSPOT
Logon Instructions:
Connect to network, Open Browser, follow instructions on the splash page

Hotel Accomodations

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The MFA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites O'Hare/Rosemont Hotel for the evening of the event.  The hotel is located at: 5500 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018, Phone: (847) 678-4000.
If you open this page in a browser on your Smart Phone and click on the link above your phone's GPS will provide "real time" directions as you drive.

For hotel reservations, call the Embassy Suites Chicago, O’Hare/Rosemont at +1 (800) 315-1061 and mention the Group Name: Misericordia 2018, or

Reservations must be made by Friday, June 1st, 2018 5:00 pm CST for the group rate to apply.

Saturday night MFA group room rate is $117.00 king suite and $145.00 double suite and includes a complimentary breakfast.