Thank you for joining us for our 18th annual Graduates’ Luncheon, and Mercy Home’s first-ever virtual event – and thank you for your support and encouragement of our 2020 graduates!

Led by our Leader Council, our Graduates’ Luncheon serves as both a celebration of this important milestone, and provides the resources we need to provide life-changing educational opportunities for our young men and women.

Since 1887, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has provided a safe, nurturing residential treatment home for youth who have experienced trauma and adversity. Through a stable home environment, therapeutic support, and educational and career resources, Mercy Home has transformed thousands of young lives.

With your generous support, Mercy Home’s young people overcome obstacles, achieve in the classroom, and build brighter futures. We are thrilled to have you join us as we celebrate our 31 graduates and honor their hard work and determination.


Event Speakers:

Emcee: Jim Williams, CBS 2 Chicago Anchor-Reporter, Mercy Home Board of Regents Member

Jim Williams is an Anchor-Reporter for CBS2 Chicago. As an original member of Mercy Home’s Board of Regents, Williams has shared his talents, his passion and his professional expertise to advance the Home’s mission since 1990. He has nearly 40 years of journalism experience. In 2018, Williams was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle.

Welcome: Fr. Scott Donahue, President & CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Rev. L. Scott Donahue is the President/CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and leads its strategic vision to care for trauma-affected youth and bring healing to families. He has been involved with Mercy Home for 30 years. Fr. Donahue holds master’s degrees in theology, applied spirituality, and social work. He has authored a book entitled ‘Years of Mercy’. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Xavier University. In addition to his leadership of Mercy Home and his parish ministry, Fr. Scott serves as the principal celebrant of the televised “Sunday Mass at Mercy Home” on WGN-TV Ch. 9.

Keynote Address: Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Timothy C. Evans serves as the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the 24 judicial circuits in Illinois and also one of the largest unified court systems in the world. As Chief Judge, Evans has brought sweeping reforms to the court that are both innovative and compassionate. Various organizations have honored Chief Judge Evans with dozens of awards for judicial excellence, distinguished service, and humanitarian causes. Chief Judge Evans is a 1965 graduate of the University of Illinois and received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1969. In 1992, he ascended to the Cook County judiciary as a circuit judge and was elected Chief Judge in September 2001 by unanimous vote of circuit judges. He was re-elected in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Graduate Address: Deandre, Mercy Home Youth

Deandre has lived at Mercy Home for almost two years. He is a 2020 graduate of Jane Addams High School and plans to attend Harold Washington College in the fall. Deandre’s hard work and compassion for others allowed him to emerge as a leader among his peers and a role model for the community at large.

Special Presenter: Micah Materre, WGN-TV News Anchor

Micah Materre Micah Materre is an Emmy-award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN-TV Evening News at Five and Six and the WGN-TV News at Nine and Ten.

Thank you to our Leader Council Members!