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.  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 over $380,000 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
Summer In The City
Monday, June 5, 2017
5 pm - 8 pm
Earls Lincoln Park
1538 North Cllybourn Avenue
Details to Follow
Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, October 2, 2017

Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora Illinois

For more Information about sponsorship opportunities and foursomes contact:

Felix Niespodziewanski, 312-907-6667 
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Annual Friendraiser
November 8, 2017



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2016 Events

7th Annual Friends of Marlene FriendRaiser Reception
Was a great success!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Thanks to all who supported the event and attended
Information on next year's event soon.
Inaugural Golf Outing 
Was held on Monday, October 3. 2016
Stonebridge Country Club
Aurora, Illinois
Our sincerest gratitude to our generous event sponsors
For a complete list of event sponsors click here
Golf Tournament
For event video and photos click here
We have had a great year! The success of our events depends heavily on the kindness of our sponsors, friends and supporters. 

We also gratefully acknowledge those organizations and corporations that have provided ongoing support and sponsorship!










Our Founding Sponsor OnPeak



 In support of The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at Northwestern University.





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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Association Forum 2016 Holiday Showcase

Many thanks to Association Forum of Chicago for showcasing The Friends of Marlene at the December 15 Holiday Showcase.  Our sincere gratitude for the ongoing support.   


Inaugural Golf Outing Raised Over $85,000

On October 3, the Friends of Marlene hosted the Inaugural Golf Outing at Stonebridge Country Club.  88 golfers, sponsors and Friends of Marlene enjoyed an outstanding event which included a post-golf dinner.  Our sincerest gratitude to all who participated and especially our sponsors.  For a full list of event sponsors click here.

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Save the date for next years outing - Monday October 2, 2017

Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora Illinois

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Thank You - HospitalityFest- and Red Roof Inn

The Friends of Marlene received support from and Red Roof Inn of Chicago as a result of the recent Hospitality Fest.  Our sincerest gratitude to Jim Grillo of and Mark Calderone of Red Roof for their generosity.  

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Summer in The City - A Great Success!

The event was a great success to provide supportive services to patients with cancer at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.  


Our gratitude also goes to our exclusive sponsor, “Business Events TORONTO”.

Business Events Toronto

  Toronto Business


And to Jim Grillo of, our thanks for acting as our “Fund A Need’ Auctioneer.  All proceeds from the auction provide individuals with much needed supportive services.  


 Nancy Hays, thanks for the great music.

Kathryn Bradford, thanks for the photography.

GES, thanks of the signage.

Summer in the City

SHANON VILLENEUVE, Business Events Toronto, JIM GRILLO, Heres Chicago, FRANCINE PEPITONE, Friends of Marlene Chair

(Photo by Kathryn Bradford)



Financial Achievement                                                       

As of March 1, 2017, The Friends of Marlene have raised over $430,000 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. Thank you

For a complete list of donors click here


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!