A Magical Gala for the JourneyCare Foundation

JourneyCare , The Talk in 60010
July 1, 2015

Last Saturday night, the JourneyCare Foundation held their 12th Annual Gala at Tudor Oaks Farm in Barrington Hills.


Guests were treated to the ultimate evening of equestrian splendor. Starting at check-in, everyone was offered the opportunity to take a carriage ride on one of the Tudor Oaks Farm's historic carriages throughout the cocktail hour, or guests could also enjoy cocktails poolside. A signature cocktail, the ‘Tudor Oaks’ was served along with a full bar and a variety of appetizers, including mini lamb chops, brie-chutney quesadillas, phylo purses and more.

Displays of five unique raffle items were showcased poolside during cocktails and appetizers. Guests could buy chances from JourneyCare Foundation Youth Board members and additional teen volunteers for an opportunity to win one of these items:

  • A Day or Evening Sail on a Yacht on Lake Michigan courtesy of Bill and Cathy Howes

  • A Private Art Party courtesy of OMO in Barrington

  • A 3/4 Bushel of the Freshest Seasonal Harvest Twice a Month courtesy of Gentleman -Farmer of Barrington Hills

  • An Illustration of Your Home courtesy of local Barrington Artist Sue Daly

  • His and Hers Handcrafted Stetson Boots courtesy of Barrington Saddlery & Stetson


Guests were heralded to dinner by the sounds of a bagpiper and preceded to the large opulent tent for dinner and the evening’s program. The theme for the evening was elegant, yet rustic, mirroring the gorgeous Tudor Oaks Farm. Large barn wood farm tables were mixed in with traditional banquet rounds, all with rustic wood seating. The floral arrangements from Chicago florist Kehoe Designs featured Hydrangeas in silver ‘Trophy Cups’ and a variety of greens and candles. Gala Committee member Stephanie Cecola, created moss covered jumping horses, to bring the equestrian theme into the dinner setting.

Entertaining Company of Chicago prepared dinner. Starting with a Farmer’s Salad of grilled asparagus, beats, meadow greens, pickled onions, goat cheese & edible flowers, followed by the entrée of Grilled Ribeye in natural jus with garlic rosemary aioli paired with Zucchini Encrusted Striped Bass in preserved lemon sauce served with Potatoes Dauphinoise in Mini Cast Iron Skillets, and a variety of roasted vegetables. Dessert was either Chocolate Cake Topped with a Ribbon of Buttercream Frosting Served with Coffee Ice Cream and Mocha Cookie Crumble, Topped with Powder Sugar Dust and a Fresh Mint Sprig or Honey Thyme Ricotta and Lemon Trifle Lemon Pound Cake with Candied Lemon Rind, Lemon Curd and Honey Thyme Ricotta served with a Limoncello Cookie Dipped in White Chocolate Lemon Zest. Entertaining company donated a dinner for 10 for the live auction. Guests enjoyed their dinners so much; their contribution went three times raising $15,000.

During the salad course, Sarah Bealles, CEO of the newly merged organization, formally Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, Barrington-based JourneyCare and Glenview-based Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, thanked everyone for their support and shared information and a video about the recent merger.

See Video about merger here:



After Sarah’s presentation, JourneyCare Foundation’s Director of Community Events, Kristin Frazier, thanked hosts Richard and Dr. Stacie Stephenson for hosting the event at their beautiful estate. Stacie then surprised her husband with a lovely video she made highlighting all the beautiful natural features of Tudor Oaks Farm. Richard and Stacie both spoke of their support of charitable causes like the JourneyCare Foundation, and the importance of private donations to keep important services available to those who need them. Kristin Frazier, who took over the Gala in 2009, has been responsible for increasing the annual Gala revenue to over $400,000 since 2011.

Jason Leppin, Vice President of the JourneyCare Foundation introduced the Mission Story. The JourneyCare Foundation was founded in 1992 to help JourneyCare keep one of its most important promises: never turn anyone away because of inability to pay. Over the years, the generous support of community members like those supporting the Gala has allowed them to provide financial support to:

  • Cover costs related to uninsured or underinsured patients

  • Develop JourneyCare for Children pediatric programs to provide specialized, compassionate care and support for infants, children and families facing serious or life-limiting illness

  • Develop integrative therapies programs to compliment the care we provide

  • Expand JourneyCare’s grief support services for families and the community


Jason introduced the two Master of Ceremonies David Nelson and Dominic Greene who pulled the raffle winners and championed the game of 'Heads or Tails’ – where Barrington Hills resident Peggy Thodos won a 1983 bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild donated by Mary Galvin, valued at over $1000. The bottle was accidently opened, so Peggy and her husband Dr. John Thodos generously shared the wine with friends at the Gala.

David and Dominic led the live auction featuring:

  • Vacations in Nantucket, Mexico and Grand Cayman - courtesy of Brian & Mary Casey, John & Michele Gilette and Lou Flannery.

  • Sports packages including Best seats at Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox games, and owner’s boxes at horseraces including the Kentucky Derby courtesy of Magellan Corporation and the Duchossois Family Foundation.

  • Special Dinners including the Gourmet Dinner Party catered by Entertaining Company and the popular Japanese Dinner Party Donated and executed by David Nelson, Bob Nemec, John Roselli and Stuart Tanaka

  • A Diamond Ring including twelve brilliant cut round diamonds set in 18k yellow and white gold. Donated by M.J. Miller & Co.

  • An Instant Wine Cellar courtesy of the many Friends of the JourneyCare Foundation.

  • A ‘Teddy Bear’ Shichon Puppy Donated by Bob & Nancy Nemec, Adam & Kristin Frazier and Eric & Julie Lape

  • A Reverse Auction of Donations at varying levels based on the comfort level of those bidding.


After the auctions, guests enjoyed a surprise Firework display courtesy of hosts Richard & Dr. Stacie Stephenson.

Guests wrapped up the night back in the tent dancing to the music of The High Society Orchestra. Ron Hawking made a guest appearance and will be performing a special show to benefit the JourneyCare Foundation on October 4th, 2015. Details below.

The gala was chaired by Chrissie Mena, and championed by committee members Donna Alexander, Rena Ballard, Lynda Bollman, Joan Carlson, Stephanie Cecola, Nancy Fruecht, Mindy Hogan, Cathy Howes, Maria Liedlich and Courtney Murtaugh.

The Gala at Tudor Oaks raised over $450,000.and the event was generously sponsored by:

Path of Grace

Richard & Dr. Stacie Stephenson

Path of Hope

James & Elizabeth Bramsen
Mary B. Galvin
The Rick Hardy Family

Path of Love

BMO Private Bank
The Duchossois Family Foundation
Freddie Smith Pederson

Path of Compassion

Barrington Bank & Trust Company, N.A.
The Beaubien Family
Paul & Barbara Hills
Richard & Roxy Pepper
Wickstrom Auto Group
George Yapp

To become a part of next year’s JourneyCare Gala, please contact Kristin Frazier KFrazier@journeycare.org

To make a donation to the JourneyCare Foundation click here

Some upcoming events to support JourneyCare this year: