Alexian Brother Ball de Fleur raises $725,000 for behavioral healthcare

(left to right) Mark and Susanne Frey of Inverness and Melanie and John Furlan of Indian Head Park along the Chicago River for the 33rd Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur. Mark Frey is President and Chief Executive Officer, AMITA Health and Melanie Furlan is Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, AMITA Health.
(left to right) Sondra and Scott Teffeteller, Senior Vice President and Regional Operating Officer, AMITA Health Chicago Metro Region, Thor Thordarson, Executive Vice President and COO, AMITA Health, Bob Dahl, CEO, AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center, and Michelle Hovorka with winning Silent Auction items from the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur on May 4, 2019.

With the Chicago River as the backdrop, more than 450 guests joined together for the 33rd Annual Alexian Brothers Ball Fleur on May 4, helping to raise $725,000 to expand access to highly specialized services for community members living with behavioral health disorders.

The Ball de Fleur is the Alexian Brothers Foundation’s premier philanthropic event, and the five most recent galas have raised $3.25 million to support behavioral medicine programs and services as part of a multi-year “One Life at a Time” vision for behavioral health.

“We are committed to bringing more attention to those who struggle with mental illness and addiction,” said Mark Frey, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMITA Health. The theme for this year’s gala was “A Night at the Rockwell … Instilling Hope One Life at a Time.”

Faithful guests of the Alexian Brothers and AMITA Health family mingled during a lively cocktail hour at a new, impressive industrial venue, Rockwell on the River. Matt Cunningham, director of business development for the Alexian Ball de Fleur Presenting Sponsor, Superior Ambulance Service, Inc., delivered the toast, while Michael Benoit, CIMA, CFP, Alexian Brothers Foundation Board Chair inspired guests with a special invocation.

Mark Frey took to the stage and revealed that this year’s gala would be an exciting bridge for change -- marking the last time it would be under the name of the Alexian Brothers – with the 2020 Ball to reflect the joint AMITA Health system, which comprises 19 hospitals and serves more than 4.3 million residents in the greater Chicagoland area.

The Alexian Brothers began their healthcare mission more than 800 years ago and since the first Ball in 1987, the Alexian Brothers Foundation has welcomed more than 22,000 guests and raised nearly $15 million for healthcare programs benefiting Chicago-area residents.

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