Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Change the Lives of Those in Need
This year's Gala grossed more than $350,000 to support care for individuals living with heart disease and diabetes, many of whom would have nowhere else to go. We are grateful to the many sponsors, guests, donors, supporters, partners, and volunteers who helped make this evening our most successful and enabled us to achieve a new fundraising milestone!
More than 460 guests joined us on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, at the Hilton Chicago to benefit Cook County Health Foundation.
Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a delicious dinner that was followed by an awards ceremony. The evening culminated with a fundraising paddle raise to encourage gifts to support our efforts.The theme of the evening, The Heart of the Matter, focused on prevention and management of heart disease and diabetes. Both are preventable health conditions that, unfortunately, take far too many lives and have a significant affect on many of the patient's served by Cook County Health as well as people across the U.S. Funds raised at the Gala will be invested to support expansion of Cook County Health's lifestyle center program which educates and assists patients in developing healthy lifestyle habits which aid in disease management as well as developing innovative initiatives in cardiac care.
Congratulations to Our Ruth Rothstein Excellence in Care Award Honorees
Dr. Patrice Harris, President of the American Medical Association, and Kate Maehr, Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, were this year's Gala Award Honorees.
Dr. Harris provided inspiring remarks on health equity and the AMA's commitment to work toward a health care system in which everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care which, as a psychiatrist, she emphasized includes mental health care.
Ms. Maehr encouraged the audience by sharing the impact the Greater Chicago Food Depository has had on Chicago communities. She underscored the importance of the availability of nutritious food to help people improve and sustain good health. Since 2015, The Greater Chicago Food Depository has partnered with Cook County Health through their Fresh Truck Program to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to patients at the health system's community health centers.