Each year, the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls holds an annual Ringside Gala. Ringside for Mercy’s Sake began in 1991 as a unique collaboration between the leadership of Chicago’s financial exchanges and has since grown to include boxers from companies across the country. Last year’s event marked the 25th year of collaboration on the event with Mercy Home.
Among attendees of the Ringside Gala was, Mark Brady, William Blair’s Global Head of M&A. Brady attended the Indy 500 as part of an auction package he won — donated by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Mark Brady and his wife Jamie attended the Indy 500 with renowned Indy Car racer Bobby Rahal, an active contributor to Mercy Home, along with his wife and Mercy Home Board of Regents member, Johann.
Brady’s group began their day at the track with a tour from Bobby of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The group toured the Museum’s collection of race cars from various series along with other memorabilia. Next, they received a private tour of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team’s pit. The day followed with excitement as Brady and his wife watched Graham Rahal, son of Bobby and Johanna Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan team member, lead the Indy 500 for various lengths of the race.
Graham Rahal ended the day finishing 12th, awarding him a 6th place qualification at the Indy Series KOHLER Grand Prix. During his race, Graham sported specially designed helmet as part of a fundraiser for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. The opportunity to create a design for Graham’s helmet was auctioned off during the 2016 Ringside Gala raising $50,000 for Mercy Home.
The generosity shown by the Rahal family and countless others in conjunction with the Ringside Gala directly impacts Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in their fight against childhood poverty, abuse and neglect in Chicago.