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Queen of Hearts benefit for Misericordia aims to raise $300,000

Event Co-Chairmen MK Dungan and Michelle Parsons with Misericordia Executive Director Sister Rosemary Connelly (center) | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Katie and Dan Gjeldum with Tom and Katie Krasnewich, all from Hinsdale. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Kate and Mark Boyle with Alison and Jim Kelly, all of La Grange. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Deborah Heniff of Hinsdale, and Nancy Delaney of Clarendon Hills. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Kerry Shannon of Darien and Julie Burns of Western Springs. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
John Wood and Jeff Wilder, both of Hinsdale. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Volunteer casino dealers Anne Stelnicki of Loyola University and Misericordia residents Bill W. and Paul P. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
David and MK Dungan, event co-chairman, from Wheaton. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media
Sarah Huesing, Sharon Smith and Mike Huesing, all from Wheaton. | Meredith Morris/For Sun-Times Media

Lady Luck combined forces with visionary ladies at Drury Lane on March 8, when the West Suburban Women’s League of Misericordia welcomed about 300 guests to its 18th annual benefit, the Queen of Hearts Casino Night.

​This year’s benefit aimed to raise $300,000, according to event co-chairmen Michelle Parsons of Hinsdale and MK Dungan of Wheaton.

Funds were earmarked for Misericordia’s Personal Effectiveness Program, they said, which helps Misericordia residents — people with mild to profound developmental disabilities — enhance their communication skills, behavior and knowledge of technology.

“Our goal is to bring about exposure for Misericordia in this area, for people who might not know what it’s all about,” Parsons said.

Dungan added that the casino night was named for Misericordia’s Executive Director Sister Rosemary Connelly, who’s dedicated her days to the organization since 1969.

“We chose the Queen of Hearts because that’s who the sister is. She’s the queen of all of our hearts,” Dungan said.

At the event, guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment, casino games and a live and silent auction.

Misericordia, established in 1921, supports more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom also have physical challenges and medical issues. Misericordia programs strive to support residents, give peace-of-mind to residents’ families, and share its mission with thousands of volunteers and friends.

For more information on Misericordia and how to support its programs, visit www.misericordia.com.

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