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Beverly Family, Supporters to 'Rock for Misericordia' Saturday

The Anderson family of Beverly hopes to drum up funds in support of Misericordia Heart of Mercy—a community for people with mild to profound developmental disabilities.

From left: Bruce Anderson, Joe Sheahan, Aileen Anderson, Joan Anderson, Emma Anderson, Caren Leonard, Mike Anderson
From left: Bruce Anderson, Joe Sheahan, Aileen Anderson, Joan Anderson, Emma Anderson, Caren Leonard, Mike Anderson
If anyone knows the difference "home" can make, it's the Anderson family.

Joan Anderson's son Michael has been calling Misericordia Heart of Mercy his home for nine years. The Chicago-based nonprofit cares for 600 people with mild to profound developmental disabilities—and it's changed Michael's life. 

Anderson is hoping to return the favor with Feb. 8 fundraiser "Rockin' the Mis", featuring performances from classic rock band The Operators, rock/80's band The Breakfast Club, and Trinity United Church of Christ Choir. 

"He is so happy there," Anderson said of Misericordia. "To us, it gives us unbelievable peace of mind." 

At Misericordia Home Michael, who Anderson said is developmentally disabled, shares housing with six other men. He holds a steady job, creates and sells his own artwork—even has a girlfriend, Anderson said. Michael leads a full life. 

But the state is behind in payments to Misericordia, and they need help. 

The Anderson family invites supporters to join them February 8. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Chicago. Tickets are $35, available online. 

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