Presence Ball 2014

At The Presence Ball, our first Systemwide fundraising event on March 8, more than 1,100 guests helped raise $1.3 million. CBS anchor Ryan Baker served as emcee for the evening.

Honorary co-chair and former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka spoke to the crowd, thanking the sisters of our founding orders for their support and dedication to the Presence Health mission.

Presence Health President and CEO Sandra Bruce spoke about the System’s power to transform health care across the state. Francis Cardinal George blessed the crowd at the start of the evening, and in a powerful moment, the audience, led by Sister Mary Elizabeth Imler, OSF, blessed him, as he begins cancer treatment for the third time.

The unforgettable evening was made possible through the hard work and dedication of The Presence Ball Council, led by co-chairs Susie Cassidy, Mary Franco, Matthew Joseph, and Mary Ann Miller. Working with them were Steve Blye, Daryl Galinsky, Donald J. Hackl, Julie Manchester, Dina Morris, Donna Pugh, Frank Schneider, Jeffrey Silver and Donald Versen.

Thank you to our most generous sponsors for their support:

  • Deloitte.
  • Superior Air Ground Ambulance Service, Inc.
  • Hall, Render, Killian, Health & Lyman
  • Bear Construction Company
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Power Construction Company, LLC
  • Willis of Illinois, Inc.


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