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Marlene Hetzel PalmersonEveryone 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.

What many did not know about Marlene is just how hard she fought in her battle against breast cancer. She stayed positive through her entire diagnosis and was inspired to fight until the very end. Sadly, we lost our dear friend in May 2010.

To honor and celebrate her life, the Friends of Marlene Hetzel Palmerson have created a fund within the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care at Northwestern  Memorial Hospital. Located on the 4th and 5th floors of Prentice Women's Hospital, the center is part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. The center is the first of its kind for women with cancer, addressing and centralizing supportive services for the emotional, aesthetic and physical needs of women in treatment.

Learn more about the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care Supportive Services.
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Inaugural Golf Outing Raised $80,000

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”.

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  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 January 1, 2016, The Friends of Marlene have raised over $380,000 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 annually 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
  • MaryBeth Nowak
  • Carol Overman
  • onPeak
  • Larry Palmerson
  • Mary Patton
  • Francine Pepitone
  • Diedre Ross
  • James H. Sweeney
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!