Supporters and sponsors of Hephzibah Children’s Association raised more than $130,000 for the non-profit organization at its annual Heart of Gold Ball, held March 10 in the Great Hall of Chicago’s Union Station. Proceeds will help the agency continue provide group homes, foster care and family support services, and school-age daycare programs. More than 500 people attended this year’s event, which featured a live and silent auction, two live bands, cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a sit-down dinner thanks to Chicago’s Blue Plate Catering’s year-long commitment to helping Hephzibah and the children it serves. Ameriquest and many other generous individual and corporate sponsors made significant contributions to the event’s fundraising success.

Hephzibah’s Executive Director Mary Anne Brown presented the General Electric Company with a Heart of Gold Award at the ball. Within the past five years, the organization has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the agency through its GE Charity Golf Classic. GE’s Steve Montross, who serves on the Hephzibah Board of Directors, accepted the award, which recognizes those whose contributions to Hephzibah have a lasting impact on the organization.

Brown presented the Oak Park Women’s Guild with a Heart of the Home award for its longstanding commitment to the agency. One of the guild’s signature contributions is to provide backpacks full of new school supplies at the start of each new school year for the children who call Hephzibah home.

Hephzibah Children’s Association serves more than 1,200 individuals annually in Oak Park, River Forest, Chicago, and suburban Cook County and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Visit for more information.


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