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With spring pretty much in Chicago right now (except for the occasional snow days), we wanted to share with you a great event coming up this Sunday, April 27th AND a giveaway for a pair of tickets to this great event! Read on to learn more from the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Every 30 seconds someone turns to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for help. They feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, train the jobless, counsel the grieving and so much more. For those in one of the deepest sorrows – losing a loved one to suicide Catholic Charities provides hope through its Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) program.

Monica Pedersen with Father Rubey

Monica Pedersen with Father Charles T. Rubey

The nonprofit will host the 23rd Annual Blossoms of Hope Brunch to support the LOSS Program on Sunday, April 27 starting at 11 a.m. Monica Pedersen of NBC’s American Dream Builders returns to emcee the event again this year, which will feature Drury Lane’s famous brunch, a silent auction and a day of celebrating hope. Pedersen, who lost her twin brother to suicide, will also be receiving the coveted 2014 Charles T. Rubey LOSS Award. Held at Drury Lane of Oakbrook Terrace, this brunch attracts more than 900 guests who will share an afternoon of love, support, strength and unity at this annual event.

According to Monica Pedersen,

“The Catholic Charities’ LOSS Program has been a part of my life for many years. After suffering the loss of my twin brother to suicide, this critical program guided and gave me the strength to move forward. It is an honor and privilege to be able to give back.”

For more than 35 years, the world-wide recognized LOSS Program has remained a free, non-denominational program to support individuals, families and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Part of the mission of LOSS has been to lessen the stigma of suicide, and to educate the community about suicide and mental illness. This brunch is one of the nonprofit’s main fundraisers to help those in need for this program that relies heavily on donations. The LOSS Program continues to evolve to meet the needs of survivors.

aChicagoThing is giving away a pair of tickets to this great event! Comment below or find us on Twitter at @aChicagoThing and Facebook to find out how you can enter to win! Tickets are $60 per adult, $15 per child or $600 for a table of ten. For more details, please visit or call (312) 948-6797 to reserve your tickets. For more information about the Catholic Charities LOSS Program, visit

2 Responses

  1. Jessica B

    This sounds like a great fundraiser to help families that are grieving together.


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