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 $450,000 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
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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Gilda's Club Chicago Partnership

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Friends of Marlene is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2017 we will exclusively partner with Gilda's Club Chicago.  We have had seven great years of fundraising on behalf of Northwestern Memorial Foundation, The Maggie Daley Center and The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.  We will close our formal relationship with Northwestern having raised $500,000. Having funded many different supportive services at Northwestern, one that we will continue to financially support and are most proud of is the "Patient Notebook".  This has become an essential tool for patients, providing critical information and a place to chronicle the patient journey. We are deeply grateful to Northwestern for their support and great work. We are delighted to broaden our scope of support to include not only cancer patients, as well as their families friends and caregivers, through our relationship with Gilda's Club Chicago. To learn more about Gilda's Club Chicago:  Click Here    

Friends of Marlene Cheer at 24th Annual Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk & 5K

Each year Friends of Marlene make a difference in the lives of patients with cancer and their families by supporting our cheer-team's fundraising efforts for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University!

Again on June 4, 2017, our Team joined in the Lurie Cancer Center’s 24th Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K. Our goals are to honor and celebrate cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, accelerate vital research to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and improve the lives of patients after treatment ends.

Great job Team Marlene!

To financially support our cheer-team: Click Here

2017 Lurie Walk

Welcome Associate Committee

The Friends of Marlene welcomes our new Associate Committee.  The group will bring innovative new perspectives to our fundraising and awareness building.  Thank you to this enthusiastic new group.

Jennifer Kimball, Chair

Mandy Marneris, CMP

MJ Meisenheimer

Maddie Metcalf

Cassie Niespodziewanski

Annie Palmerson

Kristina Simkins

Kelly Snyder, CMP

Maddie Wehking

Joe Wilush

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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Financial Achievement                                                       

As of March 1, 2017, The Friends of Marlene have raised over $450,000 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!