Brighter Together

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Join Mercy Home’s kids as we ring in the Christmas season with a special, virtual celebration!

Gather with us for a beloved Mercy Home tradition — now an online gala event featuring special musical guests and entertainment, youth presentations, silent auctions, and much more.

This event will feature:

Musical Performances by Chilina Kennedy

Chilina Kennedy has starred on Broadway in the smash hit “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” and performed in the Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her many credits include The Band’s Visit, Mama Mia, The Little Mermaid, Evita and more. She currently plays “Annie O’Brien” in the new Broadway musical Paradise Square. 

Christmas Music by The City Lights Orchestra

Special Guest Appearances

  • A seasonal reflection by Fr. Scott Donahue
  • Hosted by Jim Williams, CBS2 Chicago
  • Presentations by Mercy Home’s young people
  • Lighting Mercy Home’s Christmas tree

Jim Williams will present the inspirational story of Marcelo, who put his street life behind to build a brighter future with help from friends like you.

Silent Auction & Raffle

Get your Christmas shopping done by taking part in our online silent auction.  Bid on a variety of fun items, from Chicago stay-cations to family-friendly experiences, all while helping our boys and girls build brighter futures.  Also, keep an eye out for details on our raffle, new to Brighter Together this year.  The bidding starts on November 15!

Double your impact

Thanks to a generous donation from a dear friend of Mercy Home, all donations to Brighter Together will be matched up to $100,000. Please consider a donation today.

Your support of Brighter Together makes it possible for Mercy Home to provide care and healing for youth and families in need.

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Rachel Twarog at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Jim Marrese at for more information.