Our mission is to raise funds and increase awareness in support of Gilda’s Club Chicago as they provide free support for anyone impacted by cancer.

MarleneAs an essential component of cancer care, these services include healthy lifestyle workshops, support groups, social activities, resource referrals and educational lectures.

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. 

Friends of Marlene fundraise to help provide essential services for those impacted by cancer at Gilda’s Club Chicago. The needs of cancer patients and their families are immediate. We hope that you will open your hearts and support these critical services. Marlene Hetzel Palmerson lost her battle with cancer - we honor and miss her!

Your generosity is appreciated and we encourage you to continue to support Friends of Marlene and our fundraising efforts. This is all about improving quality of life. Please consider a gift today!

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Annual Events

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Annual FriendRaiser Reception


Our last FriendRaiser was held on April 30, 2019

Aster Hall - 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Great Evening - Check back for photo's.

To our generous Silent Auction Donors- Thank You

And - Our Gratitude to our event sponsors 

Aster Hall and PSAV

For more information and sponsorship opportunities 

Contact Vera Rotolo at 312-464-9900


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Annual Golf Outing


The 2019 Golf Outing was held on October 7, 2019

Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora Illinois

Our sincerest gratitude to all that supported the event

Read more about the 2019 event

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Thank you to our Donors

Thank you to our Donors

A heartfelt thank you to our donors!

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