Employees of such companies as the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Mesirow Financial, NYSE Group, and Black Rock Trading will again don gloves and slug it out in seven amateur boxing matches. The fight of the night features Black Rock Trading's Joe Markowski vs. the Chicago Board of Trade's Lawrence Dunning.
On hand for the evening will be boxing legend Roberto Duran, 2006 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year Marco Andretti, the chairmen of the major financial exchanges and 1,200 guests. Receiving a special honor this year is Rev. James J. Close, who retired this year after 33 years guiding the home as its president.
Ringside for Mercy's Sake has been successful since its beginning in 1992 because it involves a unique collaboration between Chicago's financial exchanges. Exchange leaders serve on the event's Executive Committee, which includes The Honorable Terrence Duffy, Chairman, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Charles Carey, Chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade, William Brodsky, Chairman, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Jerry Putnam, Chairman, NYSE Group, and James Tyree, Chairman, Mesirow Financial.
Rev. Scott Donahue, President and CEO of Mercy Home, expressed his continued gratitude for the enduring support of exchange leaders over the years. "We continue to be blessed by our partnership with these institutions. Thanks to their philanthropic support, the young men and women at Mercy Home have a safe, caring place to call home." The event also supports WGN-TV Children's Charities. Because of the money raised through this event, WGN-TV Children's Charities can continue its work to support organizations helping children in our community.
Ringside also enjoys the support of its Honorary Chairmen: Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, United States Senator Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator Barack Obama, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Event vice chairmen include: Patrick Arbor, Shatkin Arbor, Inc., William Castellano, Worknet, Inc., and Fred Schulte, Elgin National Industries. The Event Honorary Committee includes leading Chicagoans Bernard Dan, Chicago Board of Trade, Craig Donohue, Phupinder S. Gill, Leo Melamed, and Jack Sander, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Edward Joyce, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Merri Dee, WGN-TV, Tom Ehlmann, WGN-TV, and Helen McDonald, Jaguar Cars North America.
In addition to spectacular Las Vegas-style boxing, Ringside for Mercy's Sake features live and silent auctions. The live auction is sponsored by Real Tick by Townsend Analytics and features a stunning $45,000 Tiffany diamond necklace and weekend in New York that includes breakfast at Tiffany & Co's legendary 5th Avenue store. Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra will provide an elegant backdrop for a night of fine dining and dancing. Also, the winning ticket for a new 2007 Jaguar XK Convertible will be drawn live from the ring. Raffle tickets have been available since September at http://www.mercyhome.org/getgorgeous .
Ringside for Mercy's Sake is an event benefiting Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and WGN-TV Children's Charities a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
Source: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls