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Colleen McNicholas is a Chicago South Sider who frequently wanders the streets of the windy city. She is always on the lookout for the best food and adventures this city has to offer. She is a Columbia College Chicago grad and is a marketing/PR professional. A few years ago, Colleen realized how many limitations she was putting on her life and decided she needed a change. She created a bucket list back in 2011 and has been following that bucket list ever since. Now, Colleen finally feels like she is living the life she has always wanted. When not working, volunteering, or trying new restaurants, she enjoys playing the guitar, fashion, going to concerts, running races, and meeting new people. Colleen is also a big thrill seeker: from extreme zip lining, to helicopter rides, to whale watching in Alaska, all the way to skydiving. Colleen wants to inspire people to take risks, try new things, and enjoy every second of life.

Recap: House Of Cards To Benefit Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

Jamie Porcelius and Mike McSherry all smiles at House of Cards.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

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.

Caitlin Scherer and Chris Ciulla at House of Cards.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

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.

Members of The Funk Crusaders at the House of Cards.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

Megan McSherry and Stacie Cragg enjoying the evening.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

Colleen Sacks and Liz Romanczuck at House of Cards.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

Crafthouse’s Carol Donovan serving drinks to guests.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

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