On Saturday, April 5, 2014 the Associate Board of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services had their 4th annual, House of Cards event at The Chop Shop in Wicker Park. Guests were dressed in their finest while participating in all of the fun events for the evening. Special drinks from Bonfire and Crafthouse were located at the open bar and special hor’dourves were served from The Chop Shop for attendees to enjoy.
The room was filled with black jack tables and roulette wheels, along with a silent auction for people feeling lucky. Some silent auction items included: An evening on a yacht for a party of fifteen, flying lessons, spa gift cards, yoga classes, kayak lessons, and more. During the evening a video was shown to spread the word of Marillac’s mission; to better the lives of children of low-income families, the homeless, and at-risk seniors.
After the video, donations were accepted. Donations of $25 would help provide school supplies for the Marillac’s classrooms, $50 would help to fill the shelves of the Marillac’s food pantry, and $75 would help the parents receive diapers and formulas for their babies. In return, participants were given a pair of sunglasses for their generosity.
After donations were given, local Chicago funk cover band, The Funk Crusaders hit the stage. The band had the whole room dancing with covers of hit songs such as Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” and The Commodores “Brick House.”
It was wonderful to see such a big turn out for a great charity, especially a smaller one that has continued to grow throughout the years. I had the pleasure of speaking with Megan McSherry, Digital Marketing Associate of SoMe Connect. She told me last year the event took place in a gym so she was excited to see this event blossom into something even bigger this year, especially to have it held at an amazing location like the Chop Shop.
All proceeds from this event benefited over 600 children of low-income families, the homeless, and at-risk seniors served by the Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Center.