Gala raises more than $830,000 for cancer care

The 60th Annual Benefit Gala, A Night for the Future, brought together 800 supporters to raise funds for cancer care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The event, held Oct. 17 at the Museum of Science and Industry, raised more than $830,000. Dr. Jeffrey and Carrie Cilley chaired the event.

“It was an honor to chair A Night for the Future, with the goal of changing the future of cancer care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. We are thankful for the support of sponsors, attendees and donors whose contributions will allow cancer survivors to access supportive services like nutrition, psychological support and complementary medicine,” Dr. Cilley said.

The gala played off of a “Back to the Future” theme, complete with Doc Brown and Marty McFly characters and featured an elegant dinner, silent and live auction, live appeal, and entertainment by Gold Coast Orchestra. Dina Bair, reporter for WGN Morning News, emceed the evening’s program.

During the program, Dina shared her experience as a two-time cancer survivor and talked about the Artist-in-Residence program, which provides healing through art in the cancer center.

“The idea of seeing beauty when you feel like all you see is fear is so amazing, and that is what makes [Swedish Covenant Hospital] special. They don’t just treat the body – they treat the mind and the spirit and the soul and that is why all of you are here tonight,” Dina said.

Alderman Patrick O’Connor and Lauren Rubinson-Morris were each awarded the 2015 Spirit of Compassion Award. Alderman O’Connor has long been a champion of issues affecting health and wellness. Recently, he helped secure $2.4 million in TIF dollars for the new Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Lauren Rubinson-Morris, president and CEO of Medical Express Ambulance Service, Inc., has been an active supporter of Swedish Covenant Hospital. Lauren and MedEx have assisted Swedish Covenant Hospital patients in need by providing uncompensated transfers from the hospital to extended care facilities.

Proceeds from the event will benefit cancer care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The Center for Advanced Therapy in Cancer, Hematology, Infusion and Radiotherapy offers patients advanced medical treatments, as well as a comprehensive cancer survivorship program to support patients from cancer diagnosis and beyond.

Special thanks to elite sponsors Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff, Medical Express Ambulance Service, Inc., Continental Electrical Construction Company, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, and PNC for your partnership. Also, thank you to all of our supporters – Chairs Dr. Jeffrey and Carrie Cilley, Co-Chairs Mark and Karen Newton and Dr. Kavita Singh and Ron Chadha, the gala committee, Event Host Dina Bair, gala sponsors, guests, and volunteers – for making the 2015 gala a huge success.

View photos from the 2015 Gala.

View WGN News “Program helps cancer patients heal through art,” by Dina Bair.

About Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation

Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation works to inspire charitable giving through philanthropic partnerships with those in our community who want to make a real difference. We fulfill our health care mission through the generosity of our friends, neighbors and business leaders who care about the community and the health of those who live here.

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