SCHERERVILLE | Cardinal Francis George is the keynote speaker Thursday at a benefit marking the 100th anniversary of St. Joseph's Carmelite Home.
The spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago will attend the dinner despite recent health challenges. George, 77, has begun another round of chemotherapy for signs of cancer returning to the area around his right kidney.
About 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus are expected to greet the cardinal as he arrives at the Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., in Schererville.
The benefit begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to raise $200,000 for the Carmelite Home, which has faced repeated cuts in the funding it receives from the state.
The Carmelite Home, located in East Chicago for the past 100 years, serves as an emergency shelter and home to approximately 80 girls and boys from infant to age 18.
The $150 per plate dinner will be attended by more than 500 supporters, along with numerous corporate sponsors and former Carmelite Home residents.
"This event is most humbling," said Sister Maria Giuseppe, administrator of the Carmelite Home and Order Provincial.
"Our deep gratitude to His Eminence Cardinal Francis George and the many individuals and groups who have created this magical evening for us. They have provided the closest thing to heaven that we have yet to witness.”
For more information about the benefit, call Tom Dabertin at (219) 218-2735 or Brian Lowry at (219) 682-8620.