Maryville announces 140th anniversary dinner on April 11

Maryville Academy, a Des Plaines-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families, is preparing to celebrate its 140th anniversary with a special fundraising dinner at SKY on NINE, 6600 Mannheim Road, in Rosemont, on Thursday, April 11.

A reception will start at 5:30 p.m., and followed by a dinner and program at 6 p.m. Additionally, an online auction is scheduled on April 1 to April 11.

Yolande Wilson-Stubbs, president and chief post-acute care officer at Ascension, and New Beginnings; John J. George, legal counsel; and Sisters of the Resurrection will be honored during the special evening celebration.

“The special evening will give us a chance to thank our many supporters who have committed to Maryville’s mission for so many years,” said Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F., Maryville executive director. “We look forward to honoring our generous friends for our children and families and welcoming our esteemed guests on April 11.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased at

Maryville was officially dedicated as Saint Mary’s Training School on July 1,1883. It was established as an orphanage by Archbishop Patrick A. Feehan in the 880-acre Knott Farm located north of Des Plaines. The orphanage welcomed neglected boys to live, learn a trade and obtain their education. Its population increased in 1911, with the coming of the girls from three Chicago all-girl institutions.

A name change happened in 1950, when the schoolchildren selected Maryville Academy as its new name.

Maryville has always made its mission to meet the ever-changing needs of children. Its priority since 1883 has always been protecting children and strengthening families through all the challenges of epidemics, pandemics, recessions, just to name a few.

Today Maryville is home to 18 programs in four service areas: Family, residential, health care and educational in Bartlett, Berwyn, Chicago, Des Plaines and Niles. It has served close to 11,000 children and adults, and more than 1,200 families in the last four fiscal years.

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