Every year, the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls gathers with noted community and business leaders at a luncheon to honor the accomplishments of Mercy Home’s student graduates. Now in its 14th year, the Graduates’ Luncheon raises critical funds to support our kids’ continued educations and is a remarkable opportunity to celebrate the commitment our young people have made to realize 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. We are excited to announce that Lori Healey will be our keynote speaker this year. Ms. Healey is Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), owner of McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center and Navy Pier, Illinois top-visited tourist destination and the 1,258 room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Ms. Healey coordinated the organizational and planning activities for the NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012 and has built a strong public sector career during which she earned a reputation for bringing together private and public leaders. We are honored and proud to have Ms. Healey as our keynote speaker this year.
The luncheon is the culmination of the Leader Council’s work year round to improve educational opportunities for young people at Mercy Home.