My Mom’s Amazing Care at Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center
After my mother’s recent surgery by Dr. Vincent Traynelis, Director of Neurosurgery Spine Service at Rush and the extraordinary care she received in the new hospital, I am prouder than ever about Make It Better‘s support for this event.
Mom’s surgery and post operative stay was in the new butterfly shaped, gold LEED certified, quiet, sunny, better-healing-guaranteed hospital that Rush opened in 2012. A growing body of research concludes that some hospital designs are more healing than others.  Count me a big believer of this, after my mom’s Rush experience!  The attitude of staff makes a big difference too.
Rush University Medical Center

COO of Rush Peter Butler paying my mom a visit during her stay. The care was excellent.

I pray for more people to be able to receive the quality of care that mom was provided.  Raising money for the new neurological imaging equipment will make that happen.  I am particularly delighted that Make It Better is the media sponsor of The Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center’s fashion show this year.

We love that three local boutiques are participating in this event too – Lake Forest Shop, NeapolitanNeapolitan & Chalk Boutique
Please join me and Make It Better at the show or find other ways to support this important initiative too.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: http://thefashionshow.org/
MIB Connection to Rush University Medical Center
Make it Better has covered Rush University Medical Center Women’s Board Fashion show many times over the years in support of this amazing mission. First, we told you about how Marletta Darnall never imagined how important her volunteer work would be as a model when she was then diagnosed with cancer. We also covered the new look of the show a few years back, supporting the event and driving traffic for the great cause.
This year will be 88th Annual Rush Fashion Show, “IMAGINE”, to be held on Thursday, October 2nd.  Gloria Masterson (Fashion Show Chair) and Catherine King (Woman’s Board President) have worked tirelessly for over a year to bring a new vibe and hip aura to the longest running charity fashion show in Chicago.
Here’s the news they are reporting on the upcoming event;
This year will be completely different from years past as the show has been moved to the newly renovated Morgan Manufacturing, a pre-Chicago Fire building that will lend an edgy, industrial elegance to the ambiance of the night.
The Board reports; “This year the Woman’s Board has committed to raise $500,000 to support Intraoperative Imaging Technology that will allow the removal of complex brain tumors with greater accuracy and efficacy. Rush’s neurosurgeons already treat more neuro-oncology cases than any other team in the Chicago region and would be the first hospital within the city to employ this unique technology.”

 

I am excited for all that’s in store with this year’s show. Spread the word and we hope to see you there….

 

@Geoffrey Canada, HGSE graduate and Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, presents a most compelling venture philanthropy case. It only costs $5000 per year per child for the Zone to insure that every child living within its 100 block radius to get a good education from birth through college.
Only $5000.

It costs New York City $167,000 per person per year to incarcerate a similar number of young adults. That’s right, society’s paying a whopping $162,000 per year more per person!
We can’t afford NOT to educate well every child in our country much longer! http://ow.ly/BPilI

Part 8; MIB Supported TOP AUCTION Fundraisers

FABULOUS EXPERIENCE AUCTIONS:

Lyric Opera of Chicago Wine Auction (2/7/15)Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago will again celebrate grand opera, fine wine and philanthropy to raise funds during the unforgettably glamorous Wine Auction 2015. This elaborate event will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 on the stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre. Wine Auction 2012 netted a record breaking $1.7 million in support of the Lyric Opera and was recognized in April 2013 by Wine Spectator as one of the “Top Ten Charity Wine Auctions of 2012.”

Writers Theatre WordPlay Gala & Auction (4/2015)Goodman Theatre Fame, Fantasy, Food and Adventure Auction (2/2015)  Writers Theatre in glencoeThis years adventure in Fame, Fantasy and Food Adventure Auction takes place at the Peninsula promises to be unforgettable.

And a few more to consider;

Writers Theatre WordPlay Gala & Auction (4/2015)

Cubs Charities Bricks and Ivy Ball (4/2015) Cubs Charities and Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, have donated a total of more than $23 million to Chicago area non-profits since 1991.We support them and hope you will too by attending the amazing event.

Bears Care (6/2015) Another great organization supporting the Chicago communities in need.

American Cancer Society Discovery Ball (4/2015) Take a look at a few of the videos from last years event. It’s a great cause and an amazing organization to be part ot.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Gala Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (6/2015)

 

 

If you missed my other Blog posts highlighting more MIB supported fundraisers by category, please click on links below.

Part 7; Top MIB Fundraiser Events in Art, Antiques and Home Decor in Chicago

Part 6; Top MIB Supported Fundraiser Galas

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 7; MIB Top Fundraisers in Art, Antiques and Home Decor

With just two categories to go, this Part 7 post highlights MIB Supported fundraisers in that host art, antique and home decor galas. Don’t miss these- support the arts and attend!

ART, ANTIQUES & HOME DÉCOR:

1. Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Opening Night Party (4/30-5/4/15) We are a proud sponsor of this event and it’s one to be remembered.

2. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Art in Motion (2/2015) We’re moving onto the 13th Annual Art in Motion fundraiser support the cause of Art Therapy. James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, selects exhibition participants and awards the most outstanding works submitted by hundreds of artists from around the country. Watch a clip on WTTW of this years event.

3. The Chicago Lighthouse Associate Board’s House and Garden Walk (6/2015)  The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the country’s most comprehensive social service agencies serving people who are blind or visually impaired. What a way to support them with this lovely spring garden walk.

4. Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Showhouse & Gardens Event (Spring 2015) Held by the Lake Forest Chapter, this is an amazing way to welcome the warmer weather and see amazing homes and gardens on the North Shore.

5. Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Designer Kitchens of the North Shore (5/2015) What a great cause to support and an amazing view of spectacular kitchens in homes across the North Shore with this Designer Kitchen event.

CooksTour26. The Winnetka Auxiliary of the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Cooks’ Tour (9/2015) We at Make It Better covered this event a few years back and it was a huge success. Read more about it.

7. The Auxiliary Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem American Craft Exposition (8/2015)

Please also take a look at the other MIB supported Galas in the past several blog posts;

 

 

If you missed my other Blog posts highlighting more MIB supported fundraisers by category, please click on links below.

Part 6; Top MIB Supported Fundraiser Galas

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 6; MIB Supported Top Gala Fundraisers

Continuing with our listing of the Top Fundraisers by category, to run in  Make It Better soon, here we have the top gala fundraisers overall.

Mothers Trust Foundation Betty Bash Girls’ Night Out (10/24/14) Join the Bash!

The Posse Foundation Posse Chicago Power of 10 (10/29/14)

Northwestern University Settlement House Glitter Ball (11/1/14)

Youth Organizations Umbrella Evanston 44th Annual Benefit (2/2015)

Beyond Sports Foundation Graduation Dinner (6/2015)

Literature for All of Us 15th Annual Honor Thy Mother Luncheon (5/2/15)

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter Care Affair (5/2015) Garfield Park

Conservatory Fleurotica Fashion Show (6/2015)

See what the Tribune had to say about this years special event.

Bernie’s Book Bank Book Lovers’ Lunch http://www.berniesbookbank.org/bookloverslunch/ (6/2015)

 

Please also take a look at the other Blog posts to find more MIB supported fundraisers by category.

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 5; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Why not get the entire family involved while helping to support a great cause. Here are some of our favorite fundraiser events FOR FAMILIES:

1.  Chicago Botanic Garden HallowFest (10/25-26/14)

Chicago Botanic Garden Hallow FestIt’s always fun to bring the kids to the festivities at Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest. Register now.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Children’s Holiday Celebration (12/2014)

The Women’s Board is an amazing group of nearly 300 of Chicago’s most active and civic-minded citizens that share an interest in promoting awareness of The Field Museum’s exhibitions, collections, research and public programs. This family event is a holiday favorite.

3. Lyric Opera’s The Magic Victrola (1/17/15)Chicago Lyric Opera's Magic Victrola

This is a family-friendly introduction to opera and always a pleasure to attend.

4. Joffrey Ballets The Nutcracker Opening Night (12/5/14)This is a Chicago Tradition with with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

5. Kohl Children’s Museum Touch A Truck Family Festival (5/2015)

Forget ordering the fire truck to drive up to your house; here at the Touch a Truck event, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment.

Please also take a look at the other Blog posts to find more MIB supported fundraisers by category.

Part 5; Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas

If you love your fashion and want to support the best causes in the area, take a look at these Make It Better supported organizations.

FOR FASHIONISTAS:Joffrey Ballet

1. Joffrey Ballet Swan Lake Luncheon (10/1/14)

The Joffrey’s Swan Lake Luncheon is not to be missed. It’s right around the corner so put in on the calendar soon.
2. Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Annual Fashion Show (10/2/14)

This will be the 88th Annual Fashion Show for the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center, Imagine held at the brand new Morgan Manufactoring event space located at 401 N. Morgan St. in Chicago. Proceeds from this year’s event will support state-of-the-art intraoperative imaging technology for Rush’s nationally recognized neurosurgeons, led by Drs. Lorenzo Munoz and Richard Byrne.

3. Northwestern University Settlement Houses Style Under the Stars (Spring/Fall 2015)

Northwestern University Settlement HouseThis November of 2014 will bring the NUSH Style Under the Stars so mark your calendars for the Winnetka Board’s annual evening of fashion for your and your home!  All proceeds benefit Northwestern Settlement’s programs. The event will be held at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.

4. Autohaus on Edens LAUNCH Fashion Show (3/2015)

Mercedes Benz and Fashion come together for a fashion show to be remembered. Watch the video from this years event and join for next years.

5. Costume Council of Chicago History Museums Costume Ball (11/14/14)

Chicago History Museum Costume BallThe Chicago History Museum celebrates the latest exhibit with this bash.

Please help us in congratulating these fantastic events. Show your support by participating and attending the next event.

 Be sure to also see the other posts in this series;