Catholic Charities puts its heart to work for homeless
Mike and Mary Kay Benson of Clarendon Hills. | Laura Pavin~For Sun-Times Media
Event: Hearts for
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:36PM
The 23rd annual Hearts for Homeless Families fundraiser provided a surreal affair for those attending the Eighth Wonder of the World Tour, held at the renowned Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills for the third year in a row.
The April 28 event was sponsored by the Catholic Charities Northwest Regional Services and benefits the New Hope Apartments program.
Some 200 antique music boxes, 65 coin-operated pianos and a restored 1890 European carousel complete with carved Hubner horses were only a few of the visual delights guests enjoyed at the museum-like estate before dinner. After dinner, the estate welcomed WGN’s Garry Meier as auction emcee.
“Mr. and Mrs. Sanfilippo have generously opened their exquisite home to our cause. Sharing their treasured collection has been a wondrous experience for our guests,” said Mary Insprucker, Catholic Charities’ Northwest Regional director.
“The Hearts for Homeless Families Eighth Wonder of the World Tour supports the Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments program, an innovative plan to end the cycle of homelessness,” Insprucker said. “Each and every event attendee is making a conscious choice to help the less fortunate.”
The popular event drew in more than 300 guests and raised approximately $100,000 for the homeless.