Chicago athletes help raise $1 million for Presence Health

Some of Chicago’s top athletes joined physicians, staff and more than 1,100 guests to celebrate the first year of Presence Health as one organization at the Presence Ball, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on March 8.

The event raised $1.3 million.

Honorary Chair “Da Coach” Mike Ditka spoke to the crowd about his own Catholic upbringing and the importance of the dedication of nuns to health care throughout the state.

Celebrity athletes, including Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Emery Moorehead, all members of the 1985 Chicago Bears, greeted guests. Chicago greats Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, Chicago White Sox Hall-of-Famer, and Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson, of the Chicago Bears, also welcomed Presence Health supporters.

Francis Cardinal George offered a blessing over those gathered, and then the audience, led by Sister Mary Elizabeth Imler, blessed him and prayed for his healing as he fights cancer for a third time.

Presence Health CEO Sandra Bruce spoke about the mission of the organization and encouraged the audience to believe in it as well.

Presence Health is a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and services. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois.

Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection.

Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.

THE PRESENCE BALL Benefiting: Presence Health Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Attended: 1,100+ Date: March 8 Raised: $1.3 million Website: presencehealth.org

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