10th Annual Friends of Marlene FriendRaiser Reception


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Aster Hall | 900 N. Michigan Building | 6th Floor


Please join Friends of Marlene as we continue to honor Marlene Hetzel Palmerson, our dear friend who valiantly battled breast cancer.  In her memory, it is our mission to raise funds and increase awareness of Gilda's Club Chicago as they provide free support for anyone impacted by cancer.  Marlene had a gentle personality, a huge heart and a passion for her life and work. Like Gilda, Friends of Marlene believes that no one should have to go through cancer alone. Join Friends of Marlene on April 30th and help us ensure no one has to face cancer alone.



$85.00 (over 30)   Price Increase on April 16 - $95.00           

$50.00 (30 and under)

Ticket Price Increase on April 16



Silent Auction, Wine Pull, Fund-A-Need, "Pick Your Prize" Raffle & More!


Full Bar and Delicious Food


Bring a Friend!


$15.00 Parking in 900 Garage with Validation

Come and see why Aster Hall is voted one of the 14 

hottest restaurants in Chicago!

Aster Hall 1

Aster Hall

900 North Michigan Ave
6th Floor 

Chicago, IL 


For questions and sponsorship information email 

Vera Rotolo at Gilda's Club



Thanks to all who attended the 2018 FriendRaiser

Another great success!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

We are so fortunate to have such great sponsors!

In-Kind Event Donor

Blue PlateSonoma

ASP Events

Blue Plate Catering

Experience Grand Rapids


Gilda’s Club Chicago

Sonoma County Tourism

 Nancy Hays Entertainment, Inc 

The Irvine Company - Chicago Collection



Thank you to all our Silent Auction Donors!!!!!


Greater Miami CVB & Eden Roc Miami Beach

The Gwen Hotel - The Luxury Collection

LondonHouse Chicago

Loews Chicago Hotel

NYC & Company

Liz Ware and the Ware Family

Marriott St. Louis Grand

Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel

Marriott Riverwalk San Antonio

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Belmond Charleston Place

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

Caesar's Entertainment Corporation

Hilton Baltimore

Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile

The Grand Hyatt Kauai, Koloa Landing Resort, The Hyatt Regency Maui, 

Meet Hawaii & Delta Airlines

Rosen Hotels and Resorts

The Palm Beaches

The Peninsula Chicago

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Meet LA

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Susan & Richard Katz

Earl's Kitchen & Bar

NoMi, Park Hyatt Chicago

GES and onPeak 

Crislu Jewelry

Michelle Mason

Kendra Scott

Sabrina Briggs Designs

The Wrapped Wrist by Blythe Chesney

Gant Travel

Choose Chicago

Tony and Terri Lorenz

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Brenda Holland, San Francisco Travel

Lana Baumeister

Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Sanders Fine Portraits

Art De Triumph & Artful Framer Studios

Wines for Humanity

James H. Sweeney

Visit Houston

Signature Boston BCMC

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Louisville CVB

Hyatt Sales Force - Jacqueline Kennedy, 

Donna Bongiovanni, and Jan Bansfield

John Hern

Chef Most Wanted

Larry Palmerson

Charles Ifergan

Dori Raskin

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

Silent Auction, Raffle, Wine Pull, Fund a Need, Music, Food and Drink come together to created one spectacular event and a great networking event!


We hope to see you next year!  

Gilda's Laura Jane


For sponsorship opportunities and silent auction gifts please contact MARTY BALOGH, BARBARA CONNELL or MARY BETH NOWAK

Click here for information about the 2017 FriendRaiser event


Our sincere gratitude to 71 South Wacker for the generous support.

The award winning, LEED certified building is the perfect location for exceptional views of the city!


Irvine Company

71 S Wacker

Your support is key to achieving our goal of focusing not just on the disease itself, but on treating the whole person. 

Unable to attend the event? You can still support our partnership with Gilda's Club Chicago by making a donation today.

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