Graduates' Luncheon



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Thank you for coming out for the 2014 Leader Council Graduates’ Luncheon! The event was a resounding success, due in no small part to your generous involvement. We look forward to seeing you in spring 2015. 

Every year, the Leader Council of Mercy Home gathers with noted community and business leaders at a luncheon to honor the accomplishments of Mercy Home’s student graduates.

Our Graduates’ Luncheon, hosted by the Leader Council of Mercy Home now celebrating its 12th year, raises critical funds to support our kids’ continued educations, and is a remarkable opportunity to celebrate the commitment our young people have made to realizing their academic potential.

The Graduates’ Luncheon is a unique Chicago event that features an address by a Mercy Home graduate, in addition to a featured keynote speaker. Past notables include the President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson; bestselling author, Elizabeth Berg; celebrity chef, Charlie Trotter; architect and MacArthur genius grant winner, Jeanne Gang; author and filmmaker, Alex Kotlowitz; Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President, Walgreens, Steve Pemberton.

The luncheon is the culmination of the Leader Council’s work year round to improve educational opportunities for young people at Mercy Home. 

Speaker Feature: Nancy Horan

Nancy Horan is the author of Loving Frank, her 2007 New York Times Bestselling novel about American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his relationship to his client, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Not only did Loving Frank remain on the bestseller list for over a year, it has been translated into 16 languages and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction. Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, are the subjects of her new novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky. As Stevenson pens such classic works as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the couple's lives take them across the globe to everything from passion to differences, deep love and tragic illness.

Horan, who spent much of her life in Oak Park, Illinois, has been a teacher, a journalist, and an author of fiction—and is a sought-after speaker. We are beyond thrilled she will be joining us for the 2014 Graduates' Luncheon.

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Premier supporter:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Summa Cum Laude supporters:

Ernie Codilis
Philip H. Corboy Foundation

Magna Cum Laude supporters:

Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny
Northern Trust

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