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.




Annual FriendRaiser Was a Great Sucess!

Thank you to all who attended and provided support!


Friends of Marlene greatly acknowledge

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

as a Platinum Sponsor


Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau


And Silver Sponsor


Loews Chicago Hotel

Loews Hotel Chicago


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

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


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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Ravinia Summer Event

The Ravinia Summer Event was a great sucess, raising over $10,000.  

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the Toronto Convention and Visitors Associationour exclusive event sponsor.

Tourism Toronto



Financial Achievement                                                       
As of February 1, 2015, The Friends of Marlene have raised over $225,000 in support of the Maggie Daley Center. 

Annual Giving

We recgonize and thank those that have supported the Friends of Marlene annualy 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
  • Mary Beth 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 it’s work, onPeak has each year, generously provided both financial support and in-kind service.  Thank You!


Friends of Marlene Receive PCMA Spirit Award

We are very proud to say that The Friends of Marlene is a recepient of the 2014 

Professional Convention Managment Association "Spirit Award".

Marlene would be most proud!