Crystal Heart Ball Raises $450k for OSF Little Company of Mary Emergency Department Modernization

2/05/2020 - Evergreen Park, Illinois

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  • WGN anchors and reporters

    WGN-TV anchors and reporters surprised their colleague Patrick Elwood, this year’s honoree (center)

  • 30th Annual Crystal Heart Ball

    30th Annual Crystal Heart Ball

CHB Group photo WGN anchors and reporters 30th Annual Crystal Heart Ball

The OSF HealthCare Foundation Little Company of Mary Medical Center hosted its 30th annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, February 1, at the Field Museum. The premiere gala, the largest on Chicago’s southwest side, raised $450,000, with proceeds benefitting OSF Little Company of Mary’s Emergency Department modernization project.

More than 670 guests danced the night away to the musical stylings by Maggie Speaks – Talk of the Town Big Band, while experiencing international cultures and artifacts from around the world. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Nancy Loo, WGN News reporter.

Each year, the Crystal Heart Ball showcases individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments and service. The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award honors those whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the ideas, vision and mission of Venerable Mary Potter, who founded the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1877.

This year, the honoree was Patrick Elwood – a Little Company of Mary baby alum, Crystal Heart Ball Master of Ceremonies since 2012, and a general assignment reporter for WGN News. Patrick was honored for his work with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the REACT4Ryan Foundation. REACT is the Lt. Ryan Elwood Awareness, Counseling and Training Fund for First Responders in need of mental health and emotional assistance.

Lindsay and Chris Vandenberg chaired this year’s event along with co-chairs Laura and Sushant Taksande, MD. The Foundation raffled a Grand Prize Luxury Vacation for two to Bora Bora, or $15,000, won by John Graham of Lake Forest.

Click Here to learn more about the OSF HealthCare Foundation, including how to make a donation to OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center. For more information on OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, visit     



Lee Batsakis
Media Relations Coordinator