Our 7th Annual Friendraiser!

Was On Wednesday November 9


to all who attended and supported this event  

A special thanks to our Event Donors and Silent Auction sponsors

In-Kind Event Donors:

ASP Events



Hyatt Regency Chicago

Northwestern Memorial Foundation


Sonoma County Tourism 


A full list of event and Silent Auction Sponsors follows:

Club Med

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Loews Chicago Hotel and Lettuce Entertain You

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Loews Miami Beach Hotel

NYC & Company, Baccarat Hotel, 1Hotel Central Park, and Omni Berkshire

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and London House Chicago / Curio Collection by Hilton

The Langham Chicago

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

The Peninsula Chicago, Green River Restaurant, and Sound Investment AV

Red Rood Inn Chicago Downtown

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and Hyatt Regency Dallas

Omni Hotels and Resorts, Omni Chicago, and Omni Severin Indianapolis

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Meet Hawaii, Delta Airlines, Waikiki Beach Marriott, Grand Wailea Maui, Koloa Landing Autograph Collection for Marriott Kauai, and the Fairmont Orchid

Sheraton Waikiki Resort, The Royal Hawaiian, The Hilton Hawaiian Village, The Westin Moana Surfrider, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikiki, and the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

KSL Resorts and Hotel Del Coronado

Susan and Richard Katz, and Lola's on the Lake

Blue Plate Catering

Imperial Lamian

Felix Niespodziewanski

Sonoma County Tourism

Charles Ifregan Salon

Nomi Restaurant and Park Hyatt Chicago

Larry Palmerson

Choose Chicago

Mercury Theater Chicago

Francine Pepitone

Blythe Chesney, The Wrapped Wrist


Sabrina Briggs Design

Kendra Scott

Terry O’Brien

Visit Anaheim

Gant Travel Management

Barbara Connell

Tony Lorenz

Lana Baumeister, The Pritzker Organization

Eaglewood Resort and Spa

Visit Tampa Bay

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Francisco Travel

Visit Salt Lake

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Soma and Mike Klingensmith

Nancie King Mertz Fine Art

Todd Gilchrist, Preferred Planning Concepts

Visit Milwaukee and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee



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Gilda's Club Chicago Partnership

Gilda's Logo

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.

golf check

Golf Logo

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

Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora Illinois

For more Information about sponsorship opportunities and foursomes contact:


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!