In the Creative Communications Studio at Misericordia, artistic residents are taught to communicate through color and brushstroke, demonstrating the reflection from a painter’s heart to canvas.
Misericordia, home to 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities, is far more than a residential community. It is a 31-acre campus, bustling with recreational, vocational, and social opportunities that embrace its residents into a community of love.
Patty Burke and Michelle Vranicar of the Misericordia Women’s League are co-chairs to the group’s 17th annual benefit. This year’s benefit, Mis Amore, will be the first Women’s League event to feature an auction of original paintings from the artists of Misericordia’s Creative Communications Studio.
Misericordia is known for providing an exceptionally wide array of tools for growth to its residents, one of which is an extensive art therapy program. Kurt Fondriest, a registered art therapist, has taught art classes at Misericordia for 21 years. Through the visual experience of painting and creating, he finds that residents are empowered through art. The finished product is one in which the artist takes pride. “I feel proud to be part of the Misericordia family,” one resident and painter said, when asked how he felt to know his work was being auctioned at Mis Amore.
Misericordia is responsible for raising $13 million annually, relying heavily on private donations and extensive fundraising. Past events hosted by the Misericordia Women’s League have raised more than $2 million, and this year’s co-chairs anticipate another strong year of participation and sponsorship. Held at Pinstripes in Oak Brook, the March 8 event will be an Italian-themed evening of bocce, bowling, and bistro. In addition to the art auction, there will be a silent auction and live auction with trips to Napa Valley and Palm Desert, and sponsorship opportunities beginning at $1,500.
This year’s event will benefit a particular program at Misericordia called the Personal Effectiveness Program. The Personal Effectiveness Program began in October 2011 and implements interactive and visual technology to enhance the behavioral health of adult residents. Utilizing tools such as iPads and SMART Boards, residents are able to exercise independence by learning new technologies. In turn, this independence empowers residents, contributing to a more positive quality of life.
The Misericordia Women’s League is proud to support this empowering program. While the guests at Mis Amore will enjoy an evening of buon appetito on March 8, the residents of Misericordia will be empowered for years to come through the generous donations and support of the evening.
Mis Amore will be held at Pinstripes in Oak Brook on March 8, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $175 and available at events.org/misamore