Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr., and Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez were also on hand to hear our kids inspiring stories.
Mercy Home then honored the Chicago Bulls as our 2019 Corporate Partner of the Year. The legendary NBA franchise has been involved with Mercy Home for over 30 years, helping our young people succeed on and off the court. Generous grants from Chicago Bulls Charities, basketball clinics, and the Bulls-sponsored Hoops to Homework program have helped our young people develop sportsmanship, teamwork, and athletic fundamentals. The Bulls have also giving our youth opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and donated tickets to our kids and coworkers.
On hand to accept the award were former Bulls player Mickey Johnson and Director of Alumni Relations Tony Rokita.
“On behalf of the Chicago Bulls and the Reinsdorf family, we are glad to be a part of Mercy Home—to help spread the love that we can provide to help anyone we can,” said Johnson. “It’s very touching to me. I grew up in north Lawndale and still live there. And I can see the despair of so many people in my neighborhood. Because of Mercy Home, there is hope. Hope is all we have, and we should never lose it.”
Rokita added: “The reason why we’ve been with you 30 years and will continue to do so, is because of all the youth and the incredible staff who work here at Mercy. Thank you so much for honoring us, but we share this with you. You inspire us every day.”
Following the ceremony, guests, coworkers, and kids gathered outside around Mercy Home’s tall fir tree. Father Scott—alongside the officials from the city and from the Bulls, Seton Home’s Anthaniya, and Daley Home’s Deandre—led a joyful countdown before the tree jumped to life with multicolored lights. The crowd then returned to the soccer building to end the night with hot chocolate, cookies, and more fellowship.