Saturday, September 24, 2005

Father Mac

Those of you who know me well understand that for years I was a biographer, chronicler and disciple of Father Ignatius McDermott who died at age 95 on New Years’ Eve 2004. Starting as a spiritual and physical care-giver to the down-and-out on Chicago’s skid row, he hit his stride at age 80 (which means I have at least three years to go) as the institution he founded, Haymarket Center, became a world-wide known haven for those afflicted with addiction. Thanks to him, the poor can receive treatment every bit as good as those given to millionaires at the Betty Ford clinic. This is by way of informing you that the annual dinner dance at which he presided will be held without him but nevertheless with his presence ever-luminescent on the evening of Tuesday, October 4 at Drury Lane Oak Brook, the dinner to begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50, in line with his wish that it not be priced out of the reach of ordinary folk. For reservations call Ray Soucek, Haymarket president, at (312) 226-7984 extension 387 and tell him Tom asked you to call.

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