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Crittenton Women’s Union, a local organization that helps low-income women out of poverty, had its annual benefit on Wednesday night at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The night honored Merck Pharmaceutical heir Albert Merck and his wife Katharine, who are big Crittenton supporters. Guests included Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Tufts University Senior VP and Crittenton board member Mary Jeka, Crittenton CEO Elisabeth Babcock, and Michael Patrick MacDonald, author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie.” MacDonald read from his book during the event.