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  • Alexian Brother Paul Magner CFA, Alexian Brothers Tom Klein CFA, Melanie Furlan, vice rresident, advancement, Alexian Brothers Foundation, and Brother Daniel McCormick, CFS Provincial, Alexian Brothers Immaculate Conception Province at the 28th Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur on Saturday at the Field Museum.

      Alexian Brother Paul Magner CFA, Alexian Brothers Tom Klein CFA, Melanie Furlan, vice rresident, advancement, Alexian Brothers Foundation, and Brother Daniel McCormick, CFS Provincial, Alexian Brothers Immaculate Conception Province at the 28th Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur on Saturday at the Field Museum.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Melanie Furlan and Mark Frey, president and CEO of Alexian Brothers Health System, at the silent auction during the 28th Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur.

      Melanie Furlan and Mark Frey, president and CEO of Alexian Brothers Health System, at the silent auction during the 28th Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Brother Daniel McCormick, kneeling in the front, with the "Fair" actors and actresses from Collaboraction Saturday during the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur cocktail reception.

      Brother Daniel McCormick, kneeling in the front, with the "Fair" actors and actresses from Collaboraction Saturday during the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur cocktail reception.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Jeff and Molly Karp of Crystal Lake with Mark Frey and Melanie Furlan. Jeff Karp is CEO of Power Construction Company, one of the Diamond Sponsors for the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur.

      Jeff and Molly Karp of Crystal Lake with Mark Frey and Melanie Furlan. Jeff Karp is CEO of Power Construction Company, one of the Diamond Sponsors for the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Jeff and Molly Karp of Power Construction Company located in Schaumburg.

      Jeff and Molly Karp of Power Construction Company located in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Mark Frey, Dr. Saif Nazir of Orland Park, who is also president of MEA division of TEAMHealth, one of the Diamond Sponsors for the Alexian Brothers Ball, and Melanie Furlan at the Ball de Fleur on Saturday.

      Mark Frey, Dr. Saif Nazir of Orland Park, who is also president of MEA division of TEAMHealth, one of the Diamond Sponsors for the Alexian Brothers Ball, and Melanie Furlan at the Ball de Fleur on Saturday.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

  • Dr. Gregory Teas, president of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and Dr. Shaku Teas, both of River Forest, and Laura Faynor-Ciha and Clay Ciha of Naperville, CEO of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, at the annual Ball de Fleur.

      Dr. Gregory Teas, president of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and Dr. Shaku Teas, both of River Forest, and Laura Faynor-Ciha and Clay Ciha of Naperville, CEO of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, at the annual Ball de Fleur.
    Courtesy of Bruce Powell

 
By Eileen O. Daday
Daily Herald Correspondent

Guests of the Alexian Brothers Health System stepped back in time Saturday night, as they gathered amid the Field Museum's latest exhibition: "Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair."

The chance to see some of the museum's hidden collections -- and support the health system's major programs -- drew more than 600 people to the black tie fundraiser, called the Ball de Fleur and hosted by its Alexian Brothers Health Foundation.

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Among them were dignitaries from the Alexian Brothers themselves, including Br. Daniel McCormick, provincial of the local province.

Foundation officials worked for two years to secure the ball at the Field during its acclaimed World's Fair exhibit.

"The Alexian Brothers came to Chicago in 1866 -- nearly 30 years before the World's Fair -- and became active in serving the poor and homeless," said Melanie Furlan, vice president of advancement for the Alexian Brothers Health Foundation.

"Because of their ministry in the city at that time," she added, "they served a lot of people who came to the fair. Consequently, the fair is interwoven into their history."

The Ball de Fleur is the only event that draws supporters and medical staff from across the hospital system and its five hospitals and center for mental health.

Beneficiaries included Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights, Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence in Elk Grove Village, Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates and Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, which supports residential programs in Waukegan and Chicago.

The Women & Children's Hospital, like the Hospice Residence, Mental Health Center and housing programs, all serve primarily patients living on or below the poverty level, Furlan added.

"In all of these facilities, philanthropic funding is extremely important," Furlan says. "We rely on the community to help us provide the full spectrum of care. It's part of the Alexian Brothers' core mission, to provide the best care out there, regardless of a family's ability to pay."

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