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Experience the Benefit Evening

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

Order of the Evening

5:00 p.m.
Raffles and Silent Auction open

6:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ~
Dinner Begins and Blessing by Father Jack Clair
Misericordia Heartzingers Perform
Sister Rosemary Connelly addresses the 2019 Benefit
Misericordia Heartbreakers Perform
Live Auction and Paddle Raise in the Dining Room

9:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ~
Orchestra and Dancing by Connexion Band in the Auction Room

10:00 p.m. ~
All Raffle sales end and winners are drawn live on stage in the Auction Room

10:30 p.m. ~
Silent Auction closes and All Heart Raffle winner is drawn in the Auction Room

11:30 p.m.~
Conclusion of 2019 Misericordia Family Association Benefit

Dinner & the dinner program will take place in the Northern Ballrom
Location of all other activities are noted in each section and are also marked on the
Benefit Floor Plan Diagram

#MFABenefit2019 Photo Contest
It's as easy as "1-2-3"

  1. Take your best shot(s) - we mean photos.
  2. Post them on Facebook
  3. Tag your pictures with: #MFABenefit2019 AND @misericordiaheartofmercy
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The photos that receive the most Facebook "Likes" are winners.

Prizes (compliments of Lois Gates):

Cocktail Reception & Entertainment


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located in the North Ballroom

The Evening’s Menu

First Course
Mixed Greens Jicama, Mandarin Orange, Carrot and Dried Cranberries with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Second Course
Porcini Rubbed Flat Iron Steak & Chicken Saltimbocca (w. Prosciutto and Provolone), Balsamic Demi, Seasonal Miniature Vegetables and Boursin Yukon Gold Puree

Gluten-Free Option
Same entree as described above. Flourless Chocolate Cake

Vegetarian Option
Tempura Cauliflower Steak with Asparagus, Cilantro Lime Rice and Sweet Chili Sauce

Third Course
Lemon Cheesecake Cake with Raspberry
Gingersnap Crust, Raspberry Lychee Coulis and White Chocolate Leaf

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 listen 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 in the middle of 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. 
Tickets available for purchase outside the North Ballroom.

Car Raffle
A 2019 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.

Online Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will again be online. Through our partner, GiveSmart, 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.
Located in the South Ballroom

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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)
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 GiveSmart staff member (described below) at the Reservation Table when you arrive to make sure you are registered.

What if I don't have a Smart phone - or I'm uncomfortable Bidding Online/
GiveSmart staff (described below) 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.

How do I find a GiveSmart staff member to provide assistance
GiveSmart staff will be wearing all black business attire with purple lanyards and identifiable stickers that say "Ask me about Online Bidding". Each one will also be carrying an iPad. 
You will find several GiveSmart staff at the Reservations table when you arrive. They can also be found throught the venue.

Winning Bidder Checkout & Item Retrieval
Checkout begins when the Live Auction ends, sometime after 9:30 p.m.
Checkout stations are located in a room across the hall to the west of the South Ballroom.

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.
Located in the South Ballroom next to the Live Auction Stage.

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.
Located in the walkway between the Entertainment Corridor and the South Ballroom.


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The 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 (cost included in reservation price) for the Convention Center is located at 9598 Williams Street, Rosemont, IL

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.
Click for GPS driving directions to Parking Garage

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

Click on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the Parking Garage, or the Embassy 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 2019, or
Reservations must be made by Friday, June 1st, 2019 5:00 pm CST for the group rate to apply.

Saturday night MFA group room rate is $119.00 king suite and $145.00 double suite and includes a complimentary breakfast.