Friends of Marlene Legacy of Care

Everyone who knew Marlene, knew just what type of a person she was. In addition to being a legendary figure of the meetings and association community, Marlene had a gentle personality, a huge heart, and a passion for her life and work. 

The Friends of Marlene fund raise to help provide supportive oncology services for cancer patients at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University. The needs of cancer patients are immediate. We hope that you will open your hearts and support these critical services.  Please watch the video below for more information about the significant impact of your gift.  Marlene Hetzel Palmerson lost her battle with cancer - we honor and miss her!
 
We have had a great year of fundraising and building awareness for this need.  With your continued support, over the last five years we have raised $300,000 for the Supportive Oncology Program.  We appreciate your continued partnership as we celebrate our success!  Thank You!
 
Your generosity is appreciated and we encourage you to continue to support the Friends of Marlene and our fundraising efforts. This is all about improving quality of life from cancer diagnosis thru treatment. Please consider a gift today!  DONATE!
 
Supportive Oncology at Northwestern has been life-changing - read about one of the patients - Marina Gavriel - Click Here
 
 
 

2016 Events

Cancer Survivor Walk 16

The Friends of Marlene will lead a Cheer Station for the Sunday morninng, June 5 Northwestern Lurie Cancer Survivor Walk.  To join the cheer team and/or to support the team with a donation, click here

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SUMMER IN THE CITY!
KICK START YOUR SUMMER
 
Monday, June 20, 2016
LondonHouse Chicago
Juliette Ballroom
85 East Wacker, at Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
 
Our Sincerest Gratitude To The Exclusive Event Sponsor
 
tourism toronto
 
 
Entertainment, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, friends and fun
At 4:45 and 5:15 PM historical tours will be provided of this iconic new Chicago luxury hotel.   Tours depart from First Floor Lobby, Wacker Drive Entrance 
Silent auction and lots of surprises
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Early Bird Ticket Price: $75.00 through June 3
General Admission Ticket Price: $90.00
(June 4 - June 19) 
Advance registration  closes at 5:00 PM on 
Sunday, June 19
Tickets will be $90.00 at the door
To register and purchase tickets
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Discounted valet parking
For more information about the new LondonHouse, see Tribune article authored by Blair Kamin - click here
 
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Inaugural Golf Outing 
Monday, October 3. 2016
Stonebridge Country Club
Aurora, Illinois
 
 
Support opportunities still available!
 
Individual Hole Sponsorships* - $600 per hole
Lunch Sponsor** - $3,000
Reception Sponsor ** - $5,000
Dinner Sponsor ** - $10,000
 
* For moe information on individual Hole Sponsorships please contact Joe Kissinger at jkissinger@lvcva.com
** For more information on Lunch, Reception and Dinner Sponsorships please contact Felix Niespodziewanski at felixn99@gmail.com
OR
 
For More Information contact Felix Niespodziewanski
or call 312-907-6667
Golf Tournament
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7th Annual Friends of Marlene FriendRaiser Reception
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:30 to 7:00 PM
Prentice Women's Hospital 
Harris Family Atrium, 3rd Floor
250 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
 
Check back for more information

 

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We have had a great year! The success of our events depends heavily on the kindness of our sponsors, friends and supporters. Our special gratitude goes out to those that made these events possible:
 
 
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
 
Thanks to all who attended and supported the event
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT AND SILENT AUCTION SPONSORS
 
Click HERE for a complete list
 
Special thanks to our Silver Sponsor
 
Boston
 
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We also gratefully acknowledge those organizations and corporations that have provided ongoing support and sponsorship!

 

 

 

FOR THEIR ONGOING FUNDRAISING SUPPORT

 

ASSOCIATION FORUM OF CHICAGOLAND 

THE PROFESSIONAL CONVENTION MANAGMENT ASSOCIATION

 

 

Our Founding Sponsor OnPeak

OnPeak

 

 In support of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

 

FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE CONTACT

FRANCINE PEPITONE, LAURA DOWNES, or JENNA CUMMINS

See a complete list of last year's silent auction and in kind sponsors > Click Here

OUR MISSION

In collaboration with Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Friends of Marlene Hetzel Palmerson provides meaningful financial support to help provide cancer patients with a variety of supportive care services during all stages of one’s treatment and recovery.

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Nancy Hayes

Nancy Hays Provides Entertainment - Summer in The City

June 20 - Thank You Nancy!

Join us for our Summer in The City Event, June 20!  Entertainment will be provided by cabaret singer and actress, Nancy Hays.  Nancy will be staring as Mame, in the August 20-28 performance of Auntie Mame at Light Opera Works in Evanston.  You won't want to miss her.  A former opening act for stars including George Burns, Rita Rudneer, Tommy Tune and others, Nancy recently played the role of Judy Garland in two PRP productions; a musical tribute recalling the historic conceert with Judy Garland and Liza Minelli at the London Paladium "Judy and Liza - Once in a Lifetime", as well as the recent aclaimed production of the musical "Boy from Oz".  Purchase tickets for the June 20 event - click here!

OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SUMMER IN THE CITY EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR

TOURISM TORONTO

  Toronto Tourism

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friends of Marlene Inaugural Golf Outing

October 3, 2016 - Stonebridge, Aurora, Illinois

For more information, contact
Felix Niespodziewanski at 312-907-6667.

Golf Tournament

 

Summer In The City - Great Success

Summer In The City

The Summer In The City was a rousing success. Our heartfelt thanks to Tourism Toronto and The Chicago Athleltic Association Hotel.  

 

Team Marlene Cheer for Cancer Survivors

Hearty in heart, although a bit cold - Team Marlene volunteers cheered for participants at the Lurie Cancer Survivors Walk on May 31.  The Walk raised $226,000 with 4,000 particpants supporting the Lurie Cancer Center.

Lurie Walk 2015

 

Financial Achievement                                                       

As of January 1, 2016, The Friends of Marlene have raised $300,000 in support of comprehensive cancer care at The Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern Medicine.  
 

Annual Giving

We recognize and thank those who have supported the Friends of Marlene annually since we began in 2010. Thank you!

  • Rhonda Chesney
  • Barbara Connell
  • Linda Cooper
  • Caryl Dillon
  • Rosemarie Dubrovich
  • Maxine Dulaney
  • Heidi Edinger
  • Jean and Tony Ferrone
  • John Folks
  • Mariann Gorman
  • Mark Henry
  • Jeanne Jacobson
  • Laura Jelinek
  • Susan and Richard Katz
  • Evelyn Laxgang
  • Steve Martin
  • MaryBeth Nowak
  • Carol Overman
  • onPeak
  • Larry Palmerson
  • Mary Patton
  • Francine Pepitone
  • Diedre Ross
  • James H. Sweeney
 

 

Thank You to onPeak, our Founding Sponsor 

Since the Friends of Marlene began its work, onPeak has generously provided both financial support and in-kind service each year. Thank you!

onPeak