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Edward Foundation annual gala is huge success for patient programs and services


Above / Dr. William Stephan, front left, Dr. Mark Goodwin and Dr. Victor Marinescu. Renee Stephan, standing, Dr. Anand Ramanathan, Dr. Sangita Rangala, Karolina Marinescu and Dr. Timothy Larkin attended the 2017 Edward Foundation gala.

Above / Bill Mastro; Meghan Moreno, Executive Director, Edward Foundation; Mary Lou Mastro, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH); Marianne Spencer, System VP, Operations, EEH and Annette Kenney, System Executive VP/Chief Strategy Officer, EEH.

The Edward Foundation raised $941,000 at its 27th annual gala, The Big Gig: Fusion, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Westin Lombard. Terrell Brown, ABC 7 Eyewitness morning news anchor, served as master of ceremonies.

Nearly 740 people attended the event, which is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients.

A portion of the funds raised this year will help fund construction of the Cardiac Innovations & Structural Heart Center at Edward Hospital.

Meghan Moreno, Executive Director, Edward Foundation; Nancy Nyberg, Trustee, Edward Foundation Board; Deborah Hellermann and Jane Brooks.



Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Julie Chirico.
Auctioneer David Goodman congratulates Christine Jeffries for a winning bid during the live auction portion of The Big Gig: Fusion.  Also pictured are auction spotter Beth Parente and Bill Jeffries.

“We won the tickets for a suite at a White Sox game in 2018,” said Christine Jeffries when inquiring minds wanted to know. “The competition for White Sox is not very robust :-}, so it is much less expensive than being a Cubs fan!”

Jeffries continued, “Since my dad is a big White Sox fan, we decided to have his 91st birthday party at Sox park, and he’s thrilled.”

Tom and Brenda Harter, and Meghan Moreno, Executive Director, Edward Foundation.

Edward Foundation since 1990

Since it was established in 1990, the Edward Foundation has raised more than $46.5 million in its mission to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives, invest in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, recruit world-class medical professionals and deliver the highest quality care to almost 1.7 million patients within the area it serves.

To make a donation to or for more information about the Foundation, call (630) 527-3954 or visit www.edwardfoundation.org.

Edward Hospital

Among the largest integrated health systems in Illinois, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare was created by a merger in 2013. In Naperville, the main campus for Edward Hospital is located 801 S. Washington St., just south of downtown.

Story and photos submitted by Keith Hartenberger, Public Information Officer, for Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Last Updated on Nov. 16, 2023 / For several weeks this post has received a multitude of daily hits. Today PN enhanced the date to be sure readers knew this gala was in 2017.










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